“Outlaw Toilet Bandit" creates campaign on IndieGoGo crowdfunding platform selling 1 Million Dollar Art Checks in order to fund plan to become 1st U.S. Arts Ambassador

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During time of political campaigns and elections, an 11th generation artist follows his dream to become the 1st U.S. Arts Ambassador. 11th generation artisan, David Heatwole of West Virginia turns to crowdfunding in an attempt to fund dream of using his talents in more beneficial way.

David F. Heatwole is a West Virginia artist who is on a mission to give back to America in a unique and artistic way. The artist wants to use his creativity and love for the arts to energize America by sharing his own story of creativity, family history, and by sharing what has inspired him to work in the arts.

In 2012 the resident of Martinsburg, WV was titled “Outlaw Toilet Bandit” by The Atlantic magazine’s CityLab(dot)com for a public art statement the artist made in his home town which brought the artist a citation, a fine, a court hearing and a lot of publicity. The Irony is that the artist believes that art has the power to unite and to heal, even after enraging the city’s current Mayor, and other city officials.

Heatwole isn't just a studio artist, he is a patron of the arts. He has worked as a publisher, an independent curator, and a creative consultant on community collaborations. This advocate for the arts now wants to add the title “U.S. Arts Ambassador” to his resume.

The artist’s vision is to establish offices in every state or select regions for state arts ambassadors. These Arts Ambassadors would be part of what he is calling Arts Ambassadors International. They would work in their area to support the arts in a variety of ways, but ultimately to develop projects that would not only bring communities together but also to help humanitarian causes and other worthwhile organizations dedicated to serving others.

With many projects already on the artist’s plate, Heatwole is leading this campaign with a fundraising effort that includes a crowdfunding campaign titled “This Artist’s Dream” on the popular website IndieGoGo (dot) com where the artist is selling personalized checks made out to individuals for 1 million dollars. The million dollar checks are, of course, not redeemable, but Heatwole believes that once the 30,000 checks are sold they will go up in value as will the rest of his work.

“By investing $50 or more in me this way is like buying stock in a company,” Heatwole says.

Heatwole’s own fine art is unique and inspirational. While always exploring new ways of communicating his particular ideas and artistic vision his most popular art technique to date is his 3-D work. His style of painting allows viewers to see more from the painting with the use of his customized polarizing lenses.

“I like to create works of art that will inspire communication,” the artist says.

To learn more about this artist's IndieGoGo campaign visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/4c02253a.

Media Contact:
David F. Heatwole
304) 283-1902

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