Ink and Iron Fest 2016

What a gloriously sunny August day! Today was Ink and Iron Fest, a benefit for Autism Awareness. I was there (outside the Shriners Building in Evansville, Indiana) to donate my oil painting Blooming Through to the charity auction. Click here to see the cool video of me painting this.

There was so much going on – car show, bike show, vendors, indie band, face painting, more!

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (1)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (2)Autism Evansville is working hard to help families affected by autism. Here is the information from their brochure. Autism Evansville “…provides programs and support such as:

  • Voucher Program: Financial assistance program to help pay for support, treatments, and care
  • Family Fun Night: Recreational program for children affected by autism and their siblings
  • Parent Support Group: Monthly gathering to bring parents together for sharing and education
  • Community Outreach: Aimed at spreading awareness to help the community better understand and accept the differences and needs of individuals affected by autism

I was impressed by the way Autism Evansville provides networking and connections. Art without Boundaries was mentioned, specifically local member Beautiful Minds, LLC.

The director, Colleen York, also mentioned several upcoming events, such as The Art and Science of Autism and a free fun day at the YMCA. Visit the Autism Evansville website for more information.

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (4)There were several groups who turned out to support Autism Awareness.

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There were free activities for the kids.

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (6)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (7)Face painting was popular.

IMAG0096My daughter Savannah enjoyed the Bikers Against Autism display.

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (14)The bouncy house was a huge hit!

And for grown up entertainment, my favorite local band RETRO SHOCK was in the house!

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (13)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (12)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (9)But wait, there’s more… there were vendors and organizations.

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (15)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (16)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (19)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (21)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (22)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (23)This tent represents HOSP-INC, Veterans Outreach Programs to help homeless veterans.

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (25)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (28)Ooh look at all of those trophies! The car and bike contest was exciting.

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Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (46)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (44)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (32)Everyone was interested in this unusual motorcycle. My husband Brent enjoyed talking to the artist who created the airbrushing on this vehicle. He’s an Army veteran who retired from the military after 20+ years of service and now does custom art on vehicles and helmets.

He won BEST IN SHOW!

Congratulations, Pooky Bogertey of PKY Custom Paint and Graphics!

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (34)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (35)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (36)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (38)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (39)Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (48)Representing PKY, Pooky’s kids (Pooky is not pictured here, but he’s in the picture below).

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (53)The media turned out for the event. That’s Pooky, the “Best in Show” winner (on the right in the PKY shirt) about to be interviewed.

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Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (63)Channel 44 News, Evansville, interviewing the announcer and spokesperson for the Ink and Iron Fest.

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (41)Event organizer, Kevin Thomas (seated, left), chilling with a RETRO SHOCK band member and Ink and Iron Fest volunteers – enjoying free “shaved ice”. Thank you for your hard work, Kevin and crew!

Ink and Iron Fest 2016 (65)Oh and don’t forget about me! This is the charity auction. That’s my oil painting she’s holding up. Check out the video and picture of it here. I am grateful for the opportunity to use my talents for a special event. Thank you for inviting me to do this, Kevin Thomas.