AlanaKay's Collaboration with BiG

Often, the grandest adventures begin with a simple yes. The studio’s first resin pouring came from a brave and unexpected yes. Each Divine Appointment since that first “yes” has led to the next step, the next challenge, the next idea.

So naturally, AlanaKayART’s first client from Arts Goggle 2017 would be none other than Erin Kiltz, the Founder and Executive Director of Brookwood in Georgetown, aka BiG – a small community with enormous passion. As Erin perused the pieces in the booth that day, she explained how BiG and its Citizens – adults with special abilities – create beautiful handmade pottery, soap and fudge to sell in their boutique and café.

That conversation soon grew, within a matter of weeks, into a plan. January of 2018, Erin brought a small crew to Fort Worth to see the process behind the pours and artfully asked if I would accept being BiG’s “Featured Collaborative Artist” for their 2018 Art Auction. Another YES to add to our story. And it was a BiG one!

Working with BiG’s Citizens was unbelievable. The Citizens were the true artists. Over two days, I worked with pairs of BiG Citizen artists; they poured about 90% of the resin with a touch of guidance here or there from me, then I added my finishing touches. It was magical to be invited into their world so warmly; I even got to sing Amazing Grace to Gracie Kiltz, the daughter of and catalyst for Erin’s work.

BiG’s staff and Citizens live like life is rigged in their favor. The same way they are constantly asked to stretch and grow, through our collaboration I was honored to do the same. I’m so proud to say that we raised almost $70,000, during the live auction with the four collaboration paintings!!

This is only the beginning of this deeply, impactful relationship; my heart is forever changed. BiG love for these talented humans!