A R T - Artists Rejoicing in Tomten
Attention Creative Geniuses…
Here's A Contest Just for You!
We admit it. We're farmers, not graphic designers.
We have lots of creative ideas and skills but get hung up in the weeds when it comes to actually creating a logo that we can use
everywhere, on everything… one that will really define our brand, get us noticed and, more importantly, remembered.
Can you help?
You may already be aware our mission statement:
We're an approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit, organization that is 100% supported by your
tax-deductible donations and the help of Tomten's stalwart volunteers, each one
dedicated to providing peace, protection and possibility to animals in need.
Helping animals, helping humans and making dreams come true one life at a time
through rescue, sanctuary, adoption and education.
Why "Tomten" Farm and Sanctuary?
We named our nonprofit organization after the Swedish Folk story, "The Tomten" by Astrid Lindgren. Astrid Lindgren's "The Tomten" is adapted from a poem written by Viktor
Rydberg, a well-known 19th century Swedish writer. (You can read the entire poem here and borrow the book from just about every library or order from AmazonSmile, naming
Tomten as your charity of choice, of course!)
We especially love the book's illustrations by Swedish painter Harald Wiberg. According to Scandinavian legend, the Tomte (singular form of Tomten) lives in the corner of the
barn's hayloft. He only comes out at night when the humans are asleep, tiptoeing around in the moonlight, going from stall to stall, checking on each animal. Except for his tiny
little footprints in the snow, no one has ever actually seen one. But they know the Tomte is there. We are grateful for our Tomte's presence and protection here at our little farm and sanctuary.
But you must take an oath to keep the tomten's identity a secret.
Though many claim to have seen his footprints in the snow, no one has ever actually seen the Tomte(n)! So we can't blow his cover by putting one of his many imagined figures in
our logo!!! (Legend has it, you don't want to get this little guy angry at you!)
Ready to pitch an idea? Let us tell you ours...
Think simple, then think even more simple!
- We want a clean, simple logo that incorporates the words "Tomten Farm and Sanctuary" along with a graphic that embodies the magic of our journey, keeping in mind the
Tomten book's story.
- The logo design must lend itself to, and be adaptable for, a number of uses: social media, our website, business cards, letterhead, banners, promotional clothing,
(think hats, sweatshirts, mugs, totes, etc), and maybe even painted on the side of our new red barn! Very exciting!
- We are particularly drawn to the image and symbolism* of the barn swallows that the Tomten think of on long, dark and cold winter night in the barn hayloft.
- An alternate image might be the image of the farm/barn that sits deep in the middle of the forest with the distinct tiny footprints of the Tomten in the snow.
- The font we use now is Narkisim but we are open to suggestions of other simple Scandinavian inspired fonts.
*Swallows are said to symbolize freedom, love, peace, affection, loyalty, freedom, protection, and the powerful healing medicine of happiness.
They are a sign of embracing your journey and finding joy and happiness along the way.
As you may have guessed, as a nonprofit, our monetary donations are directed toward the welfare of our rescued and
sanctuary animals. So though we may agree that you are an honest-to-God creative genius, funds for developing a logo this
year aren't even IN our budget. We are hoping that somewhere out there is a graphic designer (self-taught, talented student
or ad pro) who "gets us ," who loves our mission and who finds satisfaction in doing good. In addition, the winning artist will
enjoy lots of acknowledgment here on the farm, on our social media, website and farm signage and an addition to your
portfolio that showcases your creativity and makes you proud of your philanthropic nature. Of course, we would also provide
a tax-deductible receipt for your in-kind contribution to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary.
Our budget is not as fat as our pigs.
Best of all you will be helping us spread the word about an organization that is 100% volunteer run and could really use your
help as every day we try our best to do more, to give more and to be more for animals in need.
But wait, there's more!!!
The winning artist (and 10 of his/her friends and family members) will be invited for a PRIVATE TOUR
of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary led by founder Jenifer Vickery. You'll have a chance to get up close and personal with Tomten's horses, cows, pigs,
donkeys, ducks, goats, sheep, geese, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens while spending the afternoon relaxing on our beautiful New Hampshire farm.
Plus gifts that keep on giving
As we add our new logo, YOUR logo, to our premium quality sweatshirts, hats, T's, totes and more, we'll
send YOU the very first one we receive from our promo vendors. You'll have a whole collection of Tomten swag that promotes the farm AND you!
Deadline: October 13th
Come to a tour, follow us on Facebook, get to know who we are and what we do. Then please pitch your ideas by Sunday, October 13th, 2019. Feel free to contact us with
questions and send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winner will be chosen by our founder and Board of Directors.
Winner will be announced on Facebook on
National Artists' Day, Friday, October 25th, 2019
Watch This Gallery Space for the Next
Artists Rejoicing in Tomten Show
Attention All Creatives!
Would you absolutely rejoice in the idea of utilizing your own distinctive style and talent to help us provide peace, protection and possibility for all the rescued horses, ponies,
ducks, sheep, geese, goats, donkeys, chickens, pigs, dogs, cats and rabbits in our care?
Would you like to showcase and generate more interest in your art via the Tomten Farm and Sanctuary website, TF&S' Facebook and Instagram pages while you help us help
animals in need? Might you even be interested in participating in a future Artists Rejoicing in Tomten networking group with like-minded animal-loving artists in this collective?
If you answered, "yes," we would love it if you would consider joining our Artists Rejoicing in Tomten collective.
Whether you have a burning passion for creating in charcoal, watercolors, oils, photography, wood, paper, recycled art, fiber, clay, artisan crafts, writing, sculpture, silver, gold or
mixed metals… we hope you might consider joining this unique artists' collective by donating a tax-deductible percentage of your sales from shows, open studios, book sales, Etsy
, galleries or your own website to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary, an approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Send us your thoughts about how your unique creations would delight and appeal to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary's loyal supporters and help provide peace, protection and
possibility to Tomten's animals. Be sure to include photos, proposed ideas and price ranges of what you might want to feature as well as your proposed donation percentage. You
do not need to live in New England to participate… in fact, we think regional diversity will make this collective even more appealing. Tomten Farm and Sanctuary Board members
must approve all participants. Drop us a line at email@example.com with questions or comments.
We're an approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing peace, protection and possibility to animals in need.
Helping animals, helping humans and making dreams come true one life at a time through rescue, sanctuary, adoption and education.
Maine Artist Anastasia Szerejko Maertens inspired us to create our A R T – Artists
Rejoicing in Tomten
gallery page when we featured her "We Live Here" charcoals while they
were also hanging in her show on the Kittery Art Association's Spotlight Wall.* Anastasia generously donated a percentage of every sale to help provide peace, protection and
possibility to the animals of Tomten Farm and Sanctuary. Thanks for supporting Tomten's mission, Anastasia, and for inspiring us to create this page.
*See the charcoals and more of Anastasia's work on her Instagram page, Studio in the Trees.
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