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8 coffee cups turned into art (with heart)

Posted by Staff / December 17, 2012

Coffee Cup ArtOn December 14, The Mascot coffee shop was taken over by an impressive roster of artists, joined together to raise funds for Ground for Health's cervical cancer screening and awareness programs in Peru, Nicaragua, and Tanzania. The charity strives to bring effective prevention programs to coffee-growing communities around the world.

Work from artists such as Janette Ewen, Marlene Silveira and Joshua James was up for auction, and guests also enjoyed food, libations and, of course, coffee.

Check out the photos below.

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Ryan / December 17, 2012 at 05:09 pm
I'm definitely not cool enough to understand any of that art. Can someone please explain it to me?
Alexander replying to a comment from Ryan / December 17, 2012 at 05:15 pm
It's's called "I don't really have any skill so am going to imbue the piece with "meaning" that hipsters will think is cool".

I like a lot of modern art but odds are if a scribbling three year old could match your concept, you need to work harder.
Concise / December 17, 2012 at 06:21 pm
Ryan and Alexander, is this world really so devoid of things that are worth complaining about that you felt special need to post here about somebody else's definition of art, especially when it's clearly for a good cause?
Precise replying to a comment from Concise / December 17, 2012 at 06:39 pm
Dudes are just expressing their opinions, and they may be right, some of this stuff is pretty lame
HAHA / December 17, 2012 at 08:06 pm
Not pretty. Just lame.
Ummm / December 17, 2012 at 08:27 pm
More hipster appropriation of Native American stuff, too. When will that trend die!?
Jay / December 17, 2012 at 09:16 pm
No way anyone thought of a tube of lipstick when they first looked at the second pic.

Interesting to take an everyday ordinary object and turn it into art. Not my cup of tea though. Couldn't resist.
Sean / December 17, 2012 at 09:51 pm
I visited a friend at the hospital in emergency a few years ago. She could barely talk but was pointing her finger to look up. I kept telling her she wasn't dying but she kept pointing to the ceiling. To make her more comfortable, I looked up.

There were a few plain white ceiling tiles that people painted art on them. Some had beautiful art work others clearly done by children.

Not sure how it worked but in time they will be auctioned off to cover costs for various health research projects.

My friend recovered but the ceiling tiles kept her focused while the doctors and nurses attended to her.

As for the coffee cups, they are blank canvases for the artists to express themselves for a good cause. They give you time to look at them and reflect why they were made in the first place. Who would have thought making those dream catcher lids in the first place?
MedigitalME replying to a comment from Alexander / December 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm
The modern era ended sometime in the 60s.
Modernism refers to a kind of art that is not really made anymore except as a form to be appropriated. Listening to people who don't actually know much about art is tiresome, certainly when they come from the "my kid could paint that school". NO your kid could not paint "that" and neither could you.(try it some time, get a canvas, get some paint and try and reproduce one of those "simple" pieces like ... a Mark Rothko) Its so sad that Canadians take so much pride in their ignorance. This certainly isn't an example of good art, but its where all creative explorations start. They are examples of people thinking creatively about an object, and making interventions that make you think differently about that object. This is not only the basis of art but even so-called "useful" creative pursuits like graphic design or architecture.

Also "hipster"-- a boring word for other people you do not like.

MedigitalME replying to a comment from Precise / December 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm
Great. Next time you take the car into the auto-shop, or, if you don't have a car, the next time you have a plumber over to fix your sink or your toilet... Be sure and tell them how bad their technique is, or how their work sucks... I'm sure all the constructive criticism will work out super-well.
Tim / December 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm
Looks like me 8 year olds art project he made the other day. Get real jobs people
Shawn replying to a comment from MedigitalME / December 18, 2012 at 12:59 am
You really think a child - or anyone reading this post - is incapable of writing "BONER" on a blank cup? Or writing a few sentences on a cup? Or presenting a blank cup with a card next to it?
Terex / December 18, 2012 at 02:41 am
Holy shit I can't believe anyone could think of this kitsch as exhibition-worthy. Total trash that belongs in art stalls along the 400 for cottagers who fancy velvet paintings.
KIm / December 18, 2012 at 10:47 am
What's the matter with writing boner on a cup it's funny. Why are people who know nothing about art always so opinionated? Nobody really cares if you like it or not they're having fun. Sorry no one invites you too there art parties but I think you should relax this is for charity.
MedigitalME replying to a comment from Shawn / December 18, 2012 at 11:22 am
@shawn WHOOOOOSH... that's the sound of my point going right over your head.
MedigitalME / December 18, 2012 at 11:28 am
Please, define the word Kitsch for me--because I don't think that word means what you think it means.

While the velvet painting may approach kitsch.
The cup would not even register.

Its a creative exercise for a charity, for fun.
Its not a gallery show.
MedigitalME / December 18, 2012 at 11:32 am
The reality is... Artists in Canada DO have jobs, and probably work upwards of 60 hours a week dividing their time between a money job, and their REAL job -- making art work. IF you keep talking like that... Your kid will probably turn out being an artist. Or WORSE... an actor.
Tom / December 18, 2012 at 08:55 pm
DO whatever you want to the cups, I'll drink out of anything... just as long as it doesn't raise the price of my coffee...
Jules replying to a comment from Tom / December 18, 2012 at 08:56 pm
AGREED!! I don't even look at the cup unless its Roll Up The Rim.
Muzzi / December 31, 2012 at 01:37 pm
Trolling is a very productive, useful way of spending one's life. Much better than expressing your ideas through art!
Mark / February 2, 2013 at 05:02 pm
Art is always subjective. If money was raised for a charity thru these cups, what harm has been done to you? If you bully-types didn't like what you saw here, keep it to yourselves.
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