“Tiny Treasures” was (and still is) organized by a local credit union, the idea behind the hunt was for a participating artist to create a piece of art and “hide” it in the open somewhere in Spokane. Then, he/she would provide clues on social media as to the whereabouts of the artwork. People could then follow the clues and whoever found the artwork first would keep it.
So participate I did. I painted my Little Red Dragon, printed it, framed it, and placed it on a back corner-shelf of a local used record store.
Over the next couple weeks, I posted clues:
“Newest among the old ones, wrapped in wreath and incense, I sit and listen.”
“I see from my corner perch, many circles in squares, and a string of flowers.”
“Scents of myrrh, chants of old words, sounds past.”
“Dorothy = easy street. A floor for kings and pawns.”
Fifth and Final Clue:
“To the north, the Waters ask, “Which one’s Pink?”
The End is a Mystery.
It is unknown if anybody ever found my Little Red Dragon. Nobody contacted me on social media saying they found it. I suppose if I’m ever that way again I should drop by the shop (if it’s still there) and see.
It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that no one even looked for it. I don’t think my clues were very helpful. Although, in my opinion, if you can’t figure out that last one, you are a moron (or a country music fan).
Perhaps most telling of all, the organizers never asked me to participate again. Maybe they have a “one-time only” rule (possible), maybe they forgot about me (very possible), or maybe I’m over the age limit for caring about social media games (Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!).
Honestly, I’d probably do it again if they asked. I’m used to doing art for free.
That’s what “freelance” means, right?
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