We pass the street sign, the main clue we were going off of, but there is no Little Free Library in sight.
“Maybe we should just drive around the street to see if we see one.”
“Or we could check the internet for the exact address.”
At a four-way intersection, another car turns down the street before us.
So many times we have watched another car of art hunters drive away with the prize just as we are pulling in. This car, however, pulls into the driveway of their home. There is still a chance we will get there first. Since Evan is driving, it’s my job to watch for clues. My head goes back and forth from the window to my phone as I refresh to see if anyone has posted ‘Found!!!’.
No one has. Yet.
“I see it!” I yell, having spotted the library.
“I don’t know if that’s the right one.”
“It’s got to be.”
We pull over and run to the library. I think that someone has already taken the art, but when we open the door it is laying on the left side.
This is our second find of the day and a first for #arthuntWR — a hand-carved stamp. I have already planned where to display it on our #arthuntWR finds shelf. I put it in the bag with our other find, a beautiful original oil painting by David Stanley.
On May 27, artists hid 24 pieces of local art around Waterloo Region for our free art scavenger hunt. Art hunters follow the clues on Instagram from the hashtag and @arthuntWR account.
As Evan is taking out his phone to comment we have found the stamp, a minivan pulls up across the street. I think I recognize the face. She pulls out her phone and I know why she is here.
“We just found it.”
“Ah! So close.” She smiles and drives off.
We wave. We’ll probably see her again soon.
With so many new faces and kinds of art and media hidden, this was our best #arthuntWR yet. The stamp wasn’t our only new medium for the hunt. For the first time, we also had original screen printed shirts, hand painted metal washers, hand painted magnets and Etch-a-Sketch prints, along with the staples of jewelry, paintings, prints, and photographs.
In passed art hunts, we’ve seen ceramics, hand-painted coasters, engraved dog tags, handmade cufflinks, greeting cards, knits, comics and more.
Knowing there are more art hunters hot on our trails, Evan decides to leave a print of one of his Etch-a-Sketches for them to find in the same Free Little Library.
I get an alert on my phone. We have another clue to follow.
The next #arthuntWR is July 15, 2017. We hope you join us!