Friday, September 5, 2014

Art Drop 2014

-By Howard Lyon

If you didn't know September 2nd was the inaugural World Art Drop Day!  It is the creation of very talented artist Jake Parker.  An "art drop" is where you take a sketch/painting/print and hide it somewhere and then post clues on your site/social-network-of-choice.  The person who finds it gets to keep it but they have to post a picture of themselves with the found art and tag you.  I printed out a little instruction sheet to go with each art drop.

If you go to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the #artdropday or #artdrop hashtag to search you will find thousands of hits from September 2nd and you can see the variety of work that was involved.

Jake started doing this a little while ago and I thought it was brilliant.  When I saw that he was organizing a day for anyone to participate I decided to join in the fun.  It brought out a great sense of excitement.  I loved the idea of going out to find some treasure and it also seemed like a great way to connect with people through my art in a very real way.

I stopped by Jake's booth at SLC Comic Con this week

I put three pieces out there.  A print, a study and an original sketch done for a Magic card.  Here is what my clues looked like:

Left one in the book section of a Sprouts Grocery store.
I thought the gaming section of the local Barnes and Noble would make a good hiding spot
The last one was left in a cabinet at Costco

Why am I posting about this here?  Because I want this to take off.  I want it to grow throughout the year (you can obviously do this any day you want) and hopefully be a massive event September 2nd, 2015.  If it sounds fun at all, give it a try.

Draw your favorite superhero and leave it at a local library or drop a dinosaur drawing at a museum.  Maybe some kid will find it and inspire them to spend a little more time drawing.  Maybe someone out there who couldn't ever afford an original drawing or piece of art will get the chance to own one and treasure it.

Here are the shots of the three finders of my 'art drops':

How cute is that little art collector on the left!?

You will make someone's day and it is a unique and gratifying way to connect with your audience.  You could just so the seeds of a future collector too!

World Art Drop Day
Art Drop Facebook page


  1. That's hilarious! You left Jesus in a grocery store next to the "Paleo Diet!"

  2. I might have to give this a many fun ideas of what to hide where. :) libraries and bookstores obviously come to mind. I wonder what other places would be good for hiding drawings for treasure hunters...?

    1. Game stores, parks, museums, schools, businesses (coffee shops, bars, restaurants...), subways, grocery stores.... Post details when you do it!

  3. I am not famous but this is fantastically cool. Im totally doing this tomorrow in the Burlington, NJ area. Can I plug where the details can be found?

  4. Sounds like a fun idea. Everybody like to be a treasure hunter.
    I know we can do this anytime but next year remind us all before the date September 2nd.

    Maybe we could even send one of our own to a friend in another state and have them hide it for us just to spread out the treasure wider than our own local area.

    1. I was thinking about that too. Great idea!

  5. I love this idea.
    I might give it a shot myself this week.

    1. Can't wait to see what you do and jealous of those who get the chance to hunt for it!

  6. Its also up on the website as well.

  7. Plein Air Burlington presents an Art Drop!

    What is an Art Drop?
    Somewhere in the Historic City of Burlington, NJ on September 6th, 2014 there will be two oil paintings hidden away. They are there for the taking but you have to find them. The first person to find a painting gets to keep one. However, we ask that you help us with 4 things if you manage to find one of these gems:

    1) Take a picture of yourself with the painting inside of the place where the painting was found
    2) Post a picture to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or all of them. You'll be helping us out and we will be able to do more Art Drops!
    3) Tag #ArtPride NJ, #(name of the establishment), #CityfoBurlington, NJ, and # TheLyceumHall in the post.
    4) Enjoy your free painting!

    Visit our Facebook page or our website at

  8. I participated! I left a little watercolor painting by an indoor fireplace at my local library and it got scooped up while I was checking out books. I just missed seeing who it was but it was a fun experience and I think I will do it more often on my own (in addition to this day)!

    1. Very cool, it would be fun to see someone find it. I might have to stick around after I leave something behind. :)


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