Archive for Sunday, January 1, 2012

Gallery searching for boy who drew picture that sold for $18

In hopes of inspiring a young artist, David Allen, of Lawrence, purchased a drawing made by a boy possibly named Eli at the Copt/Feiden Holiday Gallery, 815 Mass. The boy had been encouraged to make a drawing during a visit to the gallery. The gallery is now trying to locate him to give him his money.

In hopes of inspiring a young artist, David Allen, of Lawrence, purchased a drawing made by a boy possibly named Eli at the Copt/Feiden Holiday Gallery, 815 Mass. The boy had been encouraged to make a drawing during a visit to the gallery. The gallery is now trying to locate him to give him his money.

January 1, 2012

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The folks who run the Copt/Feiden Holiday Gallery at 815 Mass. are on the lookout for a young boy who was in the gallery not too long ago. They figure they owe him some cash.

About two weeks ago, a young boy who looked to be about 5 years old and his mother walked into the art gallery.

The boy began asking his mother if he could go home and draw “Okay Mountain,” and asked more than once, remembered Mark Feiden, a partner in the gallery who was working that day.

“He kept asking his mom,” Feiden said. “I asked him, ‘Why don’t you just draw it right here?’ and gave him a piece of paper.”

So he did, and signed his name. Though a letter to the editor in the Journal-World last week looking for the boy called him by the name “Eli,” Feiden said it very well could have been “Eligah” from the signature on the artwork, which is all they have to go on.

Once the boy finished the relatively small drawing, Feiden asked him how much he figured the piece was worth.

“$18,” Feiden said. “He wrote $18.”

Feiden told the boy he’d be happy to hang it up in the gallery for him along with all the other art.

It wasn’t a week later when the piece caught the eye of David Allen, a Lawrence resident and a customer of the gallery.

He, too, had a son named Eli who drew from a very young age. That young Eli got lots of encouragement, went to the Montessori School and doodled and sketched throughout his youth. Today, the 19-year-old Eli is enrolled at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla.

Allen asked Phyllis Copt, who was working in the gallery at the time, about the Okay Mountain piece. She told him the story, and Allen bought it, “without hesitation,” for the $18 listed price.

“I saw that as an opportunity to be a patron of the arts, and show young artists of all ages that their work has value,” Allen said.

Copt said her letter to the editor didn’t work — Eli (or Eligah) still hasn’t shown up to collect his money. They put up a sign while they were away for the holidays saying they would return on Wednesday. But so far, nothing. So they’re still looking for him.

Allen said he hopes the artist can return to get paid for his work.

“It’s in our house,” Allen said. “It’s sitting on the mantle. It’s awaiting a frame.”

— Higher education reporter Andy Hyland can be reached at 832-6388. Follow him at Twitter.com/LJW_KU.

Comments

Jeanne Cunningham 3 years, 3 months ago

So, publish a picture of it. That would be more likely to catch someone's eye if you truly want to find the boy.

Lawrence Morgan 3 years, 3 months ago

Best of luck to both of them, both Eli and Elijah!

classclown 3 years, 3 months ago

Did_I_say_that (DIST) says…

"... called him by the name “Eli,” Feiden said it very well could have been “Eligah” from the signature on the artwork, which is all they have to go on."

The boy's name is most likely "Elijah." The signature seems to have a backwards "J;" the type of "J" printed by many 5 year old students.

Good luck Elijah!

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There is the possibility that he was blessed with two of the ever increasing amount of parents that don't even know how to spell their child's name so used the ever so hip and cool "alternative spelling".

Of course after this they may claim that they knew their spawn would be artsy so made his name "artistic".

Then again, his name may simply be Eli Hag.

Ragingbear 3 years, 3 months ago

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That will be one billion dollars please.

tomatogrower 3 years, 3 months ago

Are you jealous, because the boy earned money for his art, or do you just hate all art? People are willing to pay CEO's millions of dollars for running a company into the ground. I'd much rather pay an artist for something created. And what piece of art has ever sold for a billion dollars.

Ragingbear 3 years, 3 months ago

My art is worth a billion dollars. Who are you to challenge my abilities and skills as an artist? That is legitimate art that I posted, and I DARE you to prove otherwise.

Sarah St. John 3 years, 3 months ago

Several years ago I was at the Lawrence Arts Center waiting for a piano recital to begin, and I wandered into one of the galleries. They were showing art from Lawrence schoolchildren. There was a little picture of a couple of bluebirds that just charmed me -- I've never forgotten it. The pictures were not marked for sale but I wonder to this day what would have happened if I had asked to buy it. The elementary-school-age artist had the last name Hayes -- that's all I know. If any of you have any leads, I would still buy this little painting!

markf 3 years, 3 months ago

Actually... I said that "his name was, without a doubt, Eligah (Elijah)." --Mark Feiden

lunacydetector 3 years, 3 months ago

I have a whole container of little children's drawings and paintings...from spongebob, squidward, patrick, spiderman, mario, luigi, batman, airplanes, mountains, streams, fishies, cars - lightning mcqueen, you name it. probably could take a request. $5 a drawing, painting water color or crayon. you heard it here first.

sad_lawrencian 3 years, 3 months ago

Some people truly have too much time on their hands... and who pays $18.00 for a kid's drawing?!

texburgh 3 years, 3 months ago

The sad part: there are too many people commenting here like lunacydetector and sad_lawrencian who just can't see the beauty in this little story.

The good part: there are two heroes in this story. First Mark Fieden who listened to the child and instead of being annoyed gave him an opportunity, talked to him, and listened. And then there is David Allen who, inspired by his own son's success, takes it upon himself to hand over $18 in the hope that such an act just might inspire another potential artist.

In my mind, both of these men are indeed heroes. And once in a while isn't it great to read about these kinds of people?

Dixie Jones 3 years, 3 months ago

i so agree with you Textburgh... and "Sad lawrencian" your name speaks volumes..nuff said.

RaynRavyn 3 years, 3 months ago

This is such a sweet, touching story. I hope the young artist can be located. :) It takes a truly small person to find a negative comment for this piece.... Thank you, to both Mr. Fieden and Mr. Allen for going out of your way to encourage this young man.

markf 3 years, 3 months ago

I try not to read the comments that follow news stories, blog posts, etc. They have become a sad and all-too-predictable (see for example: Godwin's Law) reminder of our dark side--especially when anonymity is introduced.

This is just a light hearted story about a cute kid. I wouldn't read too much into it. If we happen find Eligah that will be great and if not, that's okay too.

Mark Feiden

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