Kimberly Kradel is creating art, photography, a studio on wheels, and ARTIST-AT-LARGE.COM
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THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

Building creative community while making art and photographs
Promoting many different kinds of art and creative exhibitions and events
Promoting cultural travel and diving deep into cultures other than our own

exploring cultures with eyes wide open

All work that is produced is done so with financial support of friends like you!

NOTE: The Found Space/s project is on hold indefinitely. ARTIST-AT-LARGE, because it is established, is right on track though.

By now, if you are following me anywhere on the internet, you know that I've been living vanlife for over thirty-five years now, and you probably know that the new-to-me van that I spent four months building out and getting ready to hit the road in to start the FOUND SPACE/S project was stolen - the FOUND SPACE/S project was going to rely heavily on road travel and living in the van.

Not only that, when we found the van, it had been completely trashed and my build had been destroyed and almost everything inside was stolen as well. My coats, shoes, most of my clothes, all of my camping gear and camp kitchen - including my collection of well seasoned cast iron that took me years to get just right, and my cameras, and drums. Too many things to mention, including sketchbooks, art supplies, and all of my Etsy stock. 

I am heartbroken.

Things that I kept in my life for over thirty years were stolen or smashed. A sketchbook that I had been working in for over three years is gone, as are my dream journals. My drums, one of them handmade from a wooden Chinese soybean barrel. My vintage red winter coat. I keep thinking of things that I use on a daily basis that I now don't have. Tools, my chopstick collection ... the list keeps growing. 

Any stipend that is brought into the project via Patreon, from you my dear people, will go towards  recovery and gearing up another home on wheels.

In the meantime ...

I am sitting in my neighbor's attic waiting for the cold snap to break and updating ARTIST-AT-LARGE and have launched [email protected] a little travel and cultural stock image division of the site. It was a project I was planning on launching this month no matter what, so I was able to get that done. 

If you are discovering my projects for the first time through Patreon, please, go take a look through my various links to see what kind of work I do:

ARTIST-AT-LARGE
[email protected]
KIMBA
FOUND SPACE/S


While I'm figuring things out and seeing what the future holds ...

I'm seriously a bit lost right now. Everything that was on my plate for at least the next year, if not longer, has just disappeared with a big cosmic swoosh. 

Right now, ARTIST-AT-LARGE is my touchstone and I would love for you to support it through me, or me through it. 

Think of ARTIST-AT-LARGE and all of my side projects as small Public Creative Projects, similar to PBS on television and radio - and supported by readers and viewers and collectors like you. 

I'm not asking for much, and it doesn't take much to support my projects. 

One Dollar from you, each month - that's all that is needed!

Of course you can participate in this project at a higher rate, but if even one quarter of my twitter and facebook followers donated one dollar, I'd meet my monthly minimum!

One-time contributions of any size may be made through Patreon or PayPal as well. 

For those who do not like to participate in crowdfunding: 

You may also contribute to my projects via a direct contribution through PayPal. You may even subscribe to ARTIST-AT-LARGE via the PayPal subscription button that is in the sidebar of any blogpost on the site. 

I will be figuring out new rewards soon, so keep an eye out for those. Let me know if there is anything you would like to see as a reward. 

Kimberly Kradel
February 16, 2019

Before and after images from the van:

BEFORE:



AFTER:



Van was found by the Oakland Police Department on February 1, 2019.
It had been reported stolen in Berkeley to the Berkeley PD on January 5, 2019.

Hardware that was stripped from the van itself - a catalytic converter, the ignition, a lock on the driver's side door, and paint was splattered in my once immaculate cab, on the seats and steering wheel. Bumpers were painted black and my parking permit removed. Black spray paint was used inside the van. The closet and one wall, along with its insulation was ripped out. It looks like they tried to rip out the other wall as well. The bed loft was broken away from the wall supports. The bed was covered in red wine. The police refused to take fingerprints and it was towed with an open can of gasoline in the front passenger area. There was a man in the van when it was found, he was arrested, but let go because he said he had no idea the van was stolen. The Oakland DA assured me that this is still an open case and is still under investigation.

My financial estimation for damages and stolen items is about $20,000. 

People keep asking me about insurance. 

I tried for a few weeks to get insurance - something like RV/Camper insurance that would cover not only the vehicle but the contents of the vehicle. I asked extensive hypothetical questions to Geico and Progressive and both said they would not cover the vehicle AT ALL if I was living in it, and they wouldn't cover it with RV/Camper insurance because I was (hypothetically) living in the vehicle full time and it was not a factory build. Meaning, because I built a higher quality build myself, with my own hands, it was uninsurable. 

I did have liability insurance that is required by the state. Had I ever been in an accident it would have been questionable as to whether or not the insurance company would have paid out. 

I was working on a deeper security system at the time it was stolen. Remember - this was a work in progress and I had only just moved into from the VW. I had listed the VW for sale and was waiting for that sale to happen so I could get to work on the next level of all of my projects. 


Tiers
Join the crew!
$1 or more per month

Never ending thanks and gratitude for your support!


Invites to meetups when I'm near your town.

Let's Connect!
$10 or more per month

Thanks and gratitude and invitations! 



Be an artist-at-large Insider!
$50 or more per month

All of the above, and receive a coupon for one high resolution image each month that you are contributing to my work. The image will be  from my travel photography library on [email protected] for your printing and framing - or use it for your web site - pleasure. 


Note: Images offered in this reward plan are for personal use only, not for resale.

Be an artist-at-large Angel!
$100 or more per month

All of the above plus a free spot on any of my walking sketchbook or photography field trips. 


Limit: One field trip per month

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THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

Building creative community while making art and photographs
Promoting many different kinds of art and creative exhibitions and events
Promoting cultural travel and diving deep into cultures other than our own

exploring cultures with eyes wide open

All work that is produced is done so with financial support of friends like you!

NOTE: The Found Space/s project is on hold indefinitely. ARTIST-AT-LARGE, because it is established, is right on track though.

By now, if you are following me anywhere on the internet, you know that I've been living vanlife for over thirty-five years now, and you probably know that the new-to-me van that I spent four months building out and getting ready to hit the road in to start the FOUND SPACE/S project was stolen - the FOUND SPACE/S project was going to rely heavily on road travel and living in the van.

Not only that, when we found the van, it had been completely trashed and my build had been destroyed and almost everything inside was stolen as well. My coats, shoes, most of my clothes, all of my camping gear and camp kitchen - including my collection of well seasoned cast iron that took me years to get just right, and my cameras, and drums. Too many things to mention, including sketchbooks, art supplies, and all of my Etsy stock. 

I am heartbroken.

Things that I kept in my life for over thirty years were stolen or smashed. A sketchbook that I had been working in for over three years is gone, as are my dream journals. My drums, one of them handmade from a wooden Chinese soybean barrel. My vintage red winter coat. I keep thinking of things that I use on a daily basis that I now don't have. Tools, my chopstick collection ... the list keeps growing. 

Any stipend that is brought into the project via Patreon, from you my dear people, will go towards  recovery and gearing up another home on wheels.

In the meantime ...

I am sitting in my neighbor's attic waiting for the cold snap to break and updating ARTIST-AT-LARGE and have launched [email protected] a little travel and cultural stock image division of the site. It was a project I was planning on launching this month no matter what, so I was able to get that done. 

If you are discovering my projects for the first time through Patreon, please, go take a look through my various links to see what kind of work I do:

ARTIST-AT-LARGE
[email protected]
KIMBA
FOUND SPACE/S


While I'm figuring things out and seeing what the future holds ...

I'm seriously a bit lost right now. Everything that was on my plate for at least the next year, if not longer, has just disappeared with a big cosmic swoosh. 

Right now, ARTIST-AT-LARGE is my touchstone and I would love for you to support it through me, or me through it. 

Think of ARTIST-AT-LARGE and all of my side projects as small Public Creative Projects, similar to PBS on television and radio - and supported by readers and viewers and collectors like you. 

I'm not asking for much, and it doesn't take much to support my projects. 

One Dollar from you, each month - that's all that is needed!

Of course you can participate in this project at a higher rate, but if even one quarter of my twitter and facebook followers donated one dollar, I'd meet my monthly minimum!

One-time contributions of any size may be made through Patreon or PayPal as well. 

For those who do not like to participate in crowdfunding: 

You may also contribute to my projects via a direct contribution through PayPal. You may even subscribe to ARTIST-AT-LARGE via the PayPal subscription button that is in the sidebar of any blogpost on the site. 

I will be figuring out new rewards soon, so keep an eye out for those. Let me know if there is anything you would like to see as a reward. 

Kimberly Kradel
February 16, 2019

Before and after images from the van:

BEFORE:



AFTER:



Van was found by the Oakland Police Department on February 1, 2019.
It had been reported stolen in Berkeley to the Berkeley PD on January 5, 2019.

Hardware that was stripped from the van itself - a catalytic converter, the ignition, a lock on the driver's side door, and paint was splattered in my once immaculate cab, on the seats and steering wheel. Bumpers were painted black and my parking permit removed. Black spray paint was used inside the van. The closet and one wall, along with its insulation was ripped out. It looks like they tried to rip out the other wall as well. The bed loft was broken away from the wall supports. The bed was covered in red wine. The police refused to take fingerprints and it was towed with an open can of gasoline in the front passenger area. There was a man in the van when it was found, he was arrested, but let go because he said he had no idea the van was stolen. The Oakland DA assured me that this is still an open case and is still under investigation.

My financial estimation for damages and stolen items is about $20,000. 

People keep asking me about insurance. 

I tried for a few weeks to get insurance - something like RV/Camper insurance that would cover not only the vehicle but the contents of the vehicle. I asked extensive hypothetical questions to Geico and Progressive and both said they would not cover the vehicle AT ALL if I was living in it, and they wouldn't cover it with RV/Camper insurance because I was (hypothetically) living in the vehicle full time and it was not a factory build. Meaning, because I built a higher quality build myself, with my own hands, it was uninsurable. 

I did have liability insurance that is required by the state. Had I ever been in an accident it would have been questionable as to whether or not the insurance company would have paid out. 

I was working on a deeper security system at the time it was stolen. Remember - this was a work in progress and I had only just moved into from the VW. I had listed the VW for sale and was waiting for that sale to happen so I could get to work on the next level of all of my projects. 


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Tiers
Join the crew!
$1 or more per month

Never ending thanks and gratitude for your support!


Invites to meetups when I'm near your town.

Let's Connect!
$10 or more per month

Thanks and gratitude and invitations! 



Be an artist-at-large Insider!
$50 or more per month

All of the above, and receive a coupon for one high resolution image each month that you are contributing to my work. The image will be  from my travel photography library on [email protected] for your printing and framing - or use it for your web site - pleasure. 


Note: Images offered in this reward plan are for personal use only, not for resale.

Be an artist-at-large Angel!
$100 or more per month

All of the above plus a free spot on any of my walking sketchbook or photography field trips. 


Limit: One field trip per month