The Dapper Hammer Scholarship Fundraising Raffle

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Summer Camps Return in 2022!

After spending this past summer with more than 73 students in our art/carpentry collaborative camps with Kim Shaw Art, we are excited to announce that due to popular demand, we are DOUBLING our number of summer camp sessions in 2022!!

We will be offering 9 sessions over 5 weeks of camp, including 3 offerings of Protest Art and a super exciting new camp, PINBALL!!!

Increasing Accessibility for All

We have also spent hours in discussion on how to make camp more accessible for all. A Dapper Hammer camp scholarship fund is available to young women, LGBTQIA+ youth, & Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

For 2022 we are adding:

  1. A sliding scale for camp registration
  2. More scholarship opportunities for LGBTQIA+ youth and youth of color
  3. Early registration beginning in January 2022

You Can Help!

We exhausted our Scholarship Fund in 2021 and are working to fund and grow it for 2022. That’s where you come in! Thanks to gracious donations from Nikki Horner and Kim Shaw, we are raffling off:

  1. A Nikki Horner original oil painting
  2. A Keith Haring Tribute Little Free Library painted by Kim Shaw
  3. Date Night With Dell
  4. Date Night with Kim

Proceeds from each raffle item will refill our camp scholarship fund and help offset camp facilitation costs.

And really, we all want to know whose date night sells the most tickets. Not that Kim and Dell are competitive or anything. 😉

Each ticket is $10 (purchase below) and you are encouraged to buy as many tickets as you’d like for any/all of the items. Winners for each entry will be drawn on November 27th at The Dapper Hammer Shop during The Jerico Maker’s Faire (11am – 6pm). Come Join us!

Our Deepest Gratitude

We couldn’t do any part of this without your support, encouragement, donations, and work in helping us spread the word. We love the community that’s been built around youth art & carpentry and are humbly & exceedingly grateful for your continued support!

Dell & Kim

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Keith Haring Tribute Little Free Library. Painted by Kim Shaw.

Valued at $525

Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages by expressing universal concepts of birth, death, love, sex and war, using a primacy of line and directness of message. His imagery has become a universally recognized visual language of the 20th century.

Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs. Haring enlisted his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS.

About the Artist
Kim Shaw (she/hers) is an art educator, illustrator, and working art maker with an emphasis in painting and the practice of expressive art therapy. In 2021, Kim collaborated with Dell Darnell to create Woodworking and Art Summer camp opportunities for kids. In addition to partnering with The Dapper Hammer, Kim teaches at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is a teaching artist for Education for the Arts (KRESA). Kim has a great love for Lake Michigan, twinkle lights, ALL THE PLANTS, tap dancing, nachos, and collaborative art endeavors.

‘Whid Has My Heart’. 24″x24″ Oil on Canvas. Gallery wired, 1.5″ depth canvas. Custom framed.

Valued at $545

This series is called ‘Through The Cracks’. It is exploring the tenacity of the natural world, and also acknowledges the impact of climate change. There is so much beauty in the natural world.

About the Artist
Nikki Horner loves everything and everyone. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan but from the green state of Oregon, Nikki is a classically trained artist and interior stylist by trade. She also loves customer service, and being a part of the beautifully diverse community that is Kalamazoo. When Nikki isn’t making art or relishing in construction projects, she is chasing around her two wild and endearingly sweet little boys. Probably on a bike, kayak, or trail.

Date With Dell

Date with Dell Darnell

Dinner with Dell at a locally-owned Kalamazoo restaurant (January/February).

Date With Kim

Date with Kim Shaw

Dinner with Kim, the cutest artist in town, at a locally-owned Kalamazoo restaurant (January/February).

Bella Joy Pottery Stoneware Planter. 3 1/2″ high x 3 1/2″ wide. A saucer is included and is 4″ wide and 1/2″ high. Dishwasher safe.

This planter is the perfect solution for your plant addiction, I mean your home garden!

This stoneware planter was made on a potters wheel and is decorated by various vivid glazes and screen printed images. The interior is glazed and includes a drainage hole in the bottom.

Valued at $65

About the Artist

My name is Heidi Fahrenbacher and I am a ceramic artist and illustrator. I started Bella Joy Pottery in 2006 and since then it has undergone numerous transformations. The current line was established in January 2012. I develop my own original clay prototypes on a potters wheel, fabricate plaster molds to mimic my originals, and form vessels in my molds with liquid porcelain. Each piece is created, finished, and glazed by hand in Plainwell, MI.

I am inspired by the juxtaposition between urban and rural life. With the prevalence of the farm to table movement, this symbiotic relationship is flourishing.

Hand Built Stoneware Vessel. 8.5″h x 5″w – 1.5″opening. Watertight.

All of my work is hand built. My forms are organic and created with a combination of slabs and coils. I like to think that one could come upon one of my pieces in a forest and wonder if it had always been there.

Valued at $125

About the Artist
Maria Scott was born and raised in Chicago and has lived in Kalamazoo since 1984, following her graduation from Siena Heights College. Although she sketches new ideas constantly, she rarely works from them. Most often, she allows her sculptures to follow their own course. Her hand-built forms are bisque-fired, then buried in sawdust, which is set on fire. The burning sawdust leaves the artwork with a smoky finish that the artist feels suits her art.