The 46 Million Turkey Project took place at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine over Thanksgiving 2013. Follow this link for information on the exhibition! → http://harlowgallery.org/the-46-million-turkeys-exhibition-thanksgiving-2013/
CALLING ALL ARTISTS & ANIMAL LOVERS! We need your help filling the Harlow Gallery with 46 million turkeys this Thanksgiving season. Really. We’re serious.
We have submissions from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Virginia, USA; from British Columbia and Ontario, Canada; and from Germany, Ireland and Italy so far (as of November 6, 2013).
Sponsored by McKee Billings Attorneys of Augusta, Maine.
Mail your turkey drawings, doodles, fiberart, prints, paintings, caricatures, cut-outs, sketches or sculptures, plus the official entry form, and an optional donation of $1 (per mailing, not per turkey) – 50 cents will support this project at the nonprofit Harlow Gallery and 50 cents will be donated to Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Penobscot, Maine at the end of the project – to the following address:
46 Million Turkeys
160 Water Street
Hallowell ME 04347
The Absolute Criteria
- Please represent your turkeys with dignity.
- Your art should represent a living turkey—not meat!
- Turkeys only—no other species please. (We love all animals, but this project is about turkeys.)
- Please do not use animal products (feathers, bones, fur, etc.). Works that contain animal products will not be included in the project.
- Use recycled materials when possible!
- Do not make your turkeys from perishable items (e.g. fruit).
- Keep each individual turkey creation no more than 2” x 2” for two-dimensional work and 2” x 2” x 2” for three-dimensional works. Due to the limited space of the final project this requirement is necessary, however your submission may be larger if you’ve taken into account the requirement of each turkey measuring 2” x 2” or less. For example: you may submit a bound sketch book with pages filled (both sides of sheets preferably) with 2” x 2” drawings of turkeys.
Visit 46millionturkeys.com for complete guidelines and information about the project overall.
46 Million Turkeys – the exhibition
This year during Thanksgiving week, November 25-30, 2013 the Harlow Gallery is hosting Cheryl Miller’s 46 Million Turkeys project. The Augusta, Maine based artist is exhibiting 15 years of turkey portraits, and inviting the public to help her artistically create 46 million turkeys representing the number of birds that will be consumed in the United States over the Thanksgiving holiday. You do not have to be an artist to participate – visit Miller’s website 46millionturkeys.com to find out more.
All of the turkeys submitted will be included in the week-long exhibition at the Harlow Gallery November 25-30, and gallery visitors will have the opportunity to create their own turkeys during the exhibition. The public is invited to meet the artist and witness the final turkey count at a closing reception on Saturday, November 30th from 5-8 pm. The Harlow Gallery will be open special hours for this event; Monday – Thursday noon to 6pm (yes we’ll be open on Thanksgiving!) and Friday and Saturday noon to 8pm.
Years ago while working at a sanctuary for farm animals, Cheryl Miller experienced a Thanksgiving like no other. Thanksgiving was a major celebration for the farm’s staff—but with a twist. Staff would prepare and serve the resident turkeys a feast of greens, cranberries, squash, and pumpkin pie. “It was so delightful for me to watch the honored guests gather round, cluck, and peck at the offering prepared just for them,” explains Ms. Miller. “It was without question, one of my favorite and most memorable Thanksgivings since becoming a vegetarian in 1980.”
Following that experience, the artist created a personally meaningful tradition to celebrate the holiday. For the past 15 years she has painted turkey portraits on Thanksgiving. This year, taking the tradition a step further, the artist will invite the participation of gallery visitors and visitors to her blog site, to assist her in creating a mini portrait for each of the approximately 46 million turkeys destined for holiday tables in 2013.
According to Miller, “The National Turkey Federation estimates Americans ate approximately 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day in 2011. While a significant number of people think of themselves as animal lovers, there is a persistent barrier getting those same people to acknowledge turkeys are sentient animals—like their cat, dog, and bird companions—who possess desires and preferences, and experience pleasure and suffering. If asked to distinguish individual turkeys among thousands crammed into a shed or barn, most people would “see” little difference between the animals. And yet, each bird is a unique individual. In what promises to be a bountiful project in the making, I invite members of the public family to “join me at the table” to create an artistic remembrance of every single one of those 46 million birds.“
About the artist:
Cheryl Miller was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Hunter College in NYC and moved to Maine in 1988. She credits reading Animal Liberation, by Peter Singer as the beginning for everything that followed. She currently resides in Augusta, Maine.