#TwitterArtExhibit utilizes social media and public engagement to generate income for charities and nonprofit organizations. In the past, #TwitterArtExhibit has generated funds for a library suffering from deep funding cuts to purchase much-needed children’s books, for an abused women’s shelter seeking to improve the lives of the families they serve, and for an arts organization mentoring underprivileged young adults in preparation for careers in the visual arts.
Artists worldwide donate postcard-sized, handmade original artwork to the TAE
TwitterArtExhibit organizes a local, physical showcasing of the art.
The public is invited to buy the art at an affordable, flat price.
This provides artists with new exhibition opportunities, new audiences and benefactors, and appeals to art enthusiasts all over the world.
David Sandum (Moss, Norway) – TAE Founder. Public Relations, Press and Media Promotion, and Networking.
Born and raised in Sweden, David Sandum moved with his wife to the United States in the early 1990s and settled in Salt Lake City. He attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1999 with a BA in speech communication.
Soon after, he returned to Scandinavia with his young family and ultimately secured a position in IT sales. The demands of his new job, on the heels of many years of stress, took a toll on his health, and he fell into a severe depression. It was during this difficult time that he began to draw and paint, inspired by Edvard Munch’s philosophy that we should all write or paint our life story.
In 2002, David had his first exhibit in his new hometown of Moss, Norway. Over the years since, he has pursued a career in art, participating in many group exhibits and annual solo gallery shows. He was also awarded several public art commissions in Hvaler, Norway, and Skagen, Denmark. In 2007 David completed a series of Auschwitz-Birkenau paintings in honor of his grandmother, who was a survivor. One of the pieces was acquired by the Mizel Museum in Denver, Colorado.
More recently, David has embarked on several study trips to New York City, Prague, and Amsterdam. In October 2014, he was accepted to work at the prestigious printmaking studio Estudi de Gravat Ignasi Aguirre Ruiz in Barcelona under master printer Ignacio, who has worked with a number of renowned artists, including Dali, Tapies, and Miro. For his etchings, David primarily uses aquatint, drypoint, or carborundum.
When painting, he uses either oil on canvas or gouache on paper. He loves the difference between these techniques. “Working with oils is like taking a long mountain expedition,” he says, “while working with gouache is like climbing without a rope. One mistake and you’re dead!”
In 2010, David earned international acclaim by founding Twitter Art Exhibit, a social media initiative whereby artists from around the world send hand-painted postcards that are exhibited for local charities in need of funding. This annual event has gone global, taking place in such cities as Los Angeles, Orlando, and New York City. The 2017 exhibit in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, attracted more than 1,000 artists from 65 countries.
An author as well an artist, David wrote a memoir about his challenges with mental illness: I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down: A Memoir about Depression and Discovering Art. Published by Sandra Jonas Publishing in Boulder, Colorado, the book was released in September 2015.
David lives with his wife and youngest son in Moss, Norway.
Cat Salter-Smith (Worcestershire, UK) – Events Director, Social Media Marketer, and Creative Print Designer.
Cat Salter-Smith was born in Dorset, UK in 1964 and grew up in Europe in Brussels, Belgium for 10 years and attended Wits University in South Africa in the early ’80s where she studied for a BA in Fine Art, English and Art History. She is married with two daughters.
Cat retrained in Horticulture and Garden Design 14 years ago, and runs her own garden design practice in Worcestershire as well as lecturing in design for the RHS.
Her style of painting is contemporary realism and all her still life paintings are imbued with bright light, reflections, and deep shadows. She also enjoys coastal scenes and has just recently begun doing portraiture.
This year, Cat entered a portrait into The BP Portrait Award held at the National Portrait Gallery in London and was ‘long-listed’ from 2500 entries to the second stage of over 400. Unfortunately, the painting did not make the cut to the final short-list of 53, but she will be trying again next year!
She has taken part in all of the TAE’s over the past 6 years and has organized TAE17 in the UK in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire.
Carole Gray-Weihman (California, USA) – Website Design, Technical Support, Events Registrar, and Administrator for Artists and Sponsors.
Carole is a native Californian who lives in Penngrove, California. She’s been a professional painter for over thirty years. She regularly travels around the country and abroad to paint en plein air and compete in plein air painting competitions. She’s represented by several galleries and maintains a private atelier in Petaluma, California.
Carole is also the founder and painting instructor at Plein Air Liaison in Petaluma, California. Plein Air Liaison operates plein air painting workshops and classes locally and abroad.
Carole has also spent several years as an editor and contributing writer for Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.
In addition, Carole has spent time passionately assisting other artists with web development and video publishing as well as facilitating online art instruction.
John Wilson (Fife, Scotland) – Advisor, PR, Sponsorships, and Media.
John was born in Scotland and has lived there all of his life moving from the West to the East coast.
He retired, after a career in the Scottish National Health Service spanning 35 years, from his position as Chief Executive of NHS Fife, the local Health Board responsible for the healthcare of the population of the county, numbering 360,000. As Chief Executive, he oversaw, personally, the development of the Board’s art collection which now has more than 2,000 pieces displayed across 10 hospitals and healthcare sites.
In retirement he continues to fulfill the role of Honorary Art Convenor, chairing the Group which oversees the continuing development of the collection.
He is the recent past Chair of Art in Healthcare, the Scottish charity which hosted TAE19 in Edinburgh, in 2019, and was a member of their Board for over 8 years. He has also been a member of the Board of the charity Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and was a member of, and Vice Convenor, of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council.
You can learn more about John on his Facebook page.