Thomas Stevens Arts

Mayor As Artist….

Thanks to Debbie Meyer and the Chapel Hill News for the awesome write-up about Backyard Play….

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The Paintings….

This is where you’ll find an image of each of the paintings….

Backyard Play - I Won't Look
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Clue Map...

Clues to finding the hidden text….

Here is the guide to locating the embedded text in each painting….

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About Backyard Play

Screen Shot 2012-10-04 at 12.37.45 PM - Backyard Play - Go Looking For

The inspiration for this work arose directly from semi-conscious confusion - here’s what happened….
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Backyard Play theme….

A puzzle and a contest….

A theme expressed by a well known quote….

A clue embedded in every painting….

A contest with prizes….

Here’s everything you need to know to solve the puzzle and enter the drawing for prizes.

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Deeper Questions….

Okay, the paintings are pretty….and while they don’t need to be anything beyond that, those looking for deeper intellectual contemplation may find the following questions a catalyst for other questions of their own. Contribute a comment on the artwork - or pose other questions….
Do you see the work as more abstract or more representational?

What is the “artwork”… Individual painting?
The set of paintings?
The ‘play’ of social interaction sparked by the installation?

The paintings assembled in this venue create a ‘community’ of response. What is the ‘community’ when paintings are sold and go to individual places?

Considering the theme, the subject of the paintings, and the artist - what does the artwork bring to mind about neighborhood, small towns, or place?


Buy a Painting...

Yes, the paintings are for sale….here’s the scoop

*** UPDATE *** all paintings have been sold

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Play Means What….?

play |plā|
1 [ no obj. ] engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose
  • [ with obj. ] engage in (a game or activity) for enjoyment
  • amuse oneself by….
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Eight Paintings….

Backyard Play paintings in one image….


each painting
30 x 30
oil on canvas


Paintings arrive….

Cup-A-Joe Backyard Play

The paintings going up at Cup-A-Joe….. Yaay!!

Backyard Play Blog


Enter Theme Contest
solve the puzzle
…win prizes!

Make Comments
…Your Voice Be Heard
Art is more fun when it is participatory

Buy a Painting
Early Purchase Discount Thru Oct 12

See the exhibition at...
120 W King Street
Hillsborough NC 27278
see what's up at C-a-J...