In Spirit of Giving, Artist Places Paintings in Trees

Artist West Fraser Placed this Painting in a Tree in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 27, 2011

Artist West Fraser Placed this Painting in a Tree in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 27, 2011

Paintings don’t necessarily grow on trees but those who find a Painting in a Tree may think otherwise. Since 2009, South Carolina Lowcountry artist West Fraser has placed seven paintings in various trees as part of his Painting in a Tree project for others to find and keep, but with strings attached. The finder needs to pay it forward by making a donation to a favorite charity or cause, such as making a donation to a school art’s program or local museum or maybe assist a struggling artist.

The Back of the Painting by Artist West Fraser. This Painting in a Tree was Found in Charleston, S.C., Three Days After Being Placed

The Back of the Painting by Artist West Fraser. This Painting in a Tree was Found in Charleston, S.C., Three Days After Being Placed

I hope that with my gift found, the discoverer will give as well, and perhaps encourage others to make random acts of giving and kindness.  As a catalyst to perpetuate gift giving in the community I hope that my Painting in a Tree project can make a difference.

– Artist West Fraser, from a Nov. 28, 2011, press release  announcing the most recent Painting in a Tree project

The most recent painting, shown here, was placed in a tree South of Broad in Historic Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 27 and according to the website, it was found three days later on Nov. 30.

For the past three years, paintings have also been hung and found in Bluffton, S.C.; Cumberland Island, Ga.; and Deer Isle, Stonington, Maine. Donations have been made to Wounded Warriors Foundation, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, American and Canadian Cancer Society, Gibbes Museum, A Montessori School, and a Hospital in Maine.

This is a very cool way of giving back, don’t ya think?

Next time you’re out for a walk, don’t forget to admire the trees.

Image Sources: West Fraser Studio and Helena Fox Fine Art

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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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