The 2020 Gary Bowling Chicken Calendars are here! The calendars include original Gary Bowling chicken cartoons from 25 years ago (proving that Gary has ALWAYS been a little warped). The calendars were printed by John Velke, who bought the originals, found 14 of his favorites and had them made into a wonderful calendar. He then had 2000 of these calendars printed for the House of Art to sell in order to raise funds for the renovation and restoration of the Ramsey School, our historic and grand building. What a generous contribution to this 501 c3 organization, and an amazing idea, to boot! Thank you, John!
Come visit the gallery at Gary Bowling’s House of Art in Bluefield, West Virginia on Saturdays between 12-4 pm to pick one up, because by doing so you will help fund our building restoration and enter our first annual drawing contest (for more info on the restoration and the contest, scroll down).
Calendars are $10 each.
Our address: 300 Ramsey Street, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701
About the Contest
Color, paint, ink or pencil your choice of calendar month picture and send a digital picture of your work to us by Facebook Messenger or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be chosen in January. 1st place is $300, 2nd place is $200 and 3rd place is $100. There is no additional cost to participate – buying the calendar is your entry fee!
How It Helps
For the last two years, we have been slowly and steadily repairing and restoring what we could, with our limited funds, and using re-purposed, re-used, and re-imagined materials. Our main focus has been to replace the roof of the Ramsey because we have sustained much water damage throughout the building from the aged and failing roof. This year, we received the necessary funding for the roof replacement from the Shott Foundation and the West Virginia Division of Arts, Culture, and History and are so very grateful! We can now begin to focus on other areas of this magnificent building that served this community for so many decades, providing education, culture and entertainment, and showcasing Bluefield nationally as a vital and progressive commerce center. 100% of the sales of this calendar will help to further the mission of GBHA and restore and preserve the Grand Dame of Bluefield, Ramsey School. Calendars are $10 each.