The Box Show is a benefit silent auction for the Gallery’s Community and Arts programs. About 150 artists participate. Gallery Route One provides the pine box. Artists are allowed to do anything to the box as long as the box remains in the final piece. (I recall one year in which all that remained of a box was a pile of ashes).
Our offering this year:
I believe it’s titled The Vincent Banjo Boys on a Starry, Starry Night but we changed the title about a half a dozen times while making it (Vincent Vanjo…The Starry, Starry Night Boys… etc. So who knows... ).
Molly and I essentially create our boxes together tag-team style.
Here’s how we did this one:
We attach an old banjo neck to the box (Banjo neck courtesy of John Pederson of Amazing Grace Music Store).
Molly begins painting a version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night in the box.
Larry sketches the ‘boys’ for the vignette and transfers the drawing to balsa wood.
The balsa wood is cut out and inked.
The bass player.
The finished vignette colored by Molly is installed in place. First the bass player.
Then the foerground camp fire scene.
Molly and Larry happily stand around in front of their box at GRO.
The exhibit runs from August 10th through September 30th and can be viewed on line at
For more on the Box Show see our post dated August 26, 2011.