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Monster Mashup 2019

Monster Mashup 2019

On June 4th from 3-5 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, kindergarten art students from Hugh Mercer Elementary School will show off their Monster Mashup projects. This event is free and open to the public. Combined with 22 local artist’s rendition of their artwork, the original drawings of the 14 kindergartners monsters will also be on display. All the artists are from the Fredericksburg area and will rendered each child’s artwork in mediums such as traditional paintings, sculptures, pottery, fabric art, and even digital art.

The Monster Mashup Project 2019 on February 24, 2019

at the Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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In 2016, Virginia artist, Tammy D. Hedge, had an idea. She wanted to start a community driven project that would encompass local artists and local school children. The Monster Mashup Project would utilize children from a local Elementary School and their endless creativity to design and draw monsters. Those monsters would then be distributed to local artists, who would recreate them into “adult” pieces of art. Along the way the children would learn about individual creative process and how others see the world. She hoped to encourage the children to see that different doesn’t mean wrong, it just means a different point of view.

On February 24, 2019, the 4th edition of The Monster Mashup Project will be presented to the public. The show will be held at Art First Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA. You may view the show from 11 am to 5pm. At 3pm there will be a reception for all the children and artists that participated in this year’s project. The children’s original monsters will be shown, side by side, with the adult recreations.

This reception is also open to the public. It is a unique opportunity to meet all the artists, large and small that have been involved in this one of a kind show. Books about the project will be available to order at the event. Each book costs $25 + $2 shipping cost. Take a look at the books here.

There is no cost to attend this event.

2019 Monster Mashup Show Information!

What: Hedgerow Art Presents: The Fourth Annual Monster Mashup Project

When: February 24, 2019 from 11am to 5pm with artists reception
beginning at 3pm

Where: Art First Gallery, 824 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

The Monster Mashup was born to inspire the world’s future artists with creativity, imagination and fun!

Your class’ monsters will be featured in your own Monster Class Photo! There will also be published in a book that you can buy online! Shop here.

Monster Mashup Hedgerow Arts Show Love for the Monster Mashup

Show Love for the Monster Mashup

The Monster Mashup is for everyone.

We want your school to be featured!

The Monster Mashup is a imaginative project between your local elementary aged children and artists from around the world.

This is a collaborative art masterpiece that combines the artistic minds of kids and adults. Kids draw their unique monsters and our artists interpret them in their own design. This project brings all generations of art to unify as one. Our mission is expression. Allow each child to express their own creativity, no matter what their inspiration or interest.

How does it work?

We have a number of kindergartners and grade school children agree to design their own Monsters and draw us pictures of their creations from imagination. Those pictures are handed off to an extremely talented group of artists who interpret them into their Monsters. The artists re-imagine the drawings into “grown up” pieces of art in their respective mediums.

We are now venturing out with this project worldwide. The new online version will have the capability to reach classrooms, hospitals, and children that just need a monster friend to help them through the tough spells.

Monster Mashup Logo Information


We want your school to be featured in the next publication of the Monster Mashup Book. Preschools, grade school, kindergarten, special needs classes, and all children’s groups and organizations can contact us for your own Monster Mashup project. Help us inspire the youth through art, imagination and creativity.

Contact us today if you would like to have a Monster Mashup project with your local schools or children’s classes. We are looking for new areas to spread the message of collaboration through art!

Monster mashup wanted

We look forward to seeing your art!


May First Friday – Monster Mashup

Friday, May 4: In collaboration with Hedgerow Art, the third annual Monster Mashup exhibition will be on display to the public beginning on May 4. Each year, students from Hugh Mercer Elementary School’s kindergarten class create drawings of monsters which are then interpreted by professional artists. Visitors are invited to view the works of art from local students and their professional counterparts on display in the FAM’s third floor Council Chamber gallery.

Thirty-four artists have transformed thirty-six works of art by kindergarten and middle school students into their own pieces of art. In the fall, thirty-four kindergarteners and two middle school students dreamt-up and created images of monsters. These imaginative creatures were handed-over to local artists who took the aesthetics and characteristics of the student’s monsters and reimagined them into their own work of art.

During the artists’ take-over, photos were sent to Hedgerow Art, (owned by Tammy Hedge), who published the development of each creature on their website allowing participating students to slowly watch the artistic process as well as their own creation come to life.

The completed works of art by both students and artists will be on exhibit at the FAM from May 4th – June 4th, 2018. For more information on this exhibition, please contact Rachel Carder.

Join FAM for Fredericksburg First Friday, the monthly arts and cultural extravaganza featuring gallery openings, performances, food and fun throughout the city.  This spring, FAM will join in the festivities with extended First Friday hours and FREE admission from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

First Fridays are generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Fredericksburg.






Once upon a time, animosity existed between children and monsters—a creak in the floor, a scream, and a parent on all fours checking under the bed. Today, a collaborative art project between area kindergartners and local artists, facilitated by sculptor Tammy Hedge, has children facing their monsters—on paper.

Hedge got the idea for Monster Mashup when she saw a program online involving artists in Nevada reinterpreting children’s art. She wondered why Fredericksburg couldn’t do the same. Then it hit her.

“I decided at 3 o’clock in the morning that I can do this!” she says. “But the first thing I needed to do was contact some kids.”

She turned to Denise Phipps, a kindergarten teacher at Hugh Mercer Elementary. Phipps loved the idea and told her to speak to Mrs. Tankersley, the school’s principal. Tankersley approved the project a week later.

Hedge brought paper and permission slips, and the kids drew monsters. She collected the drawings and then reached out local talent to put their own interpretation on the pictures.

“I started out with 11 drawings with permission slips from parents, and then I had double the artists. So each child had two artists working on their art,” she says. The final tally is 14 kids and 22 artists.

On June 4, a reveal party at the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center will showcase every piece of art in one room for the children, their parents and the artists to see and enjoy. A book, designed by graphic designer Janis Albuquerque, will also be given as a keepsake.

“The hardest part was finding a venue,” says Hedge. “Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center came to the rescue. When Sara Poore, the director, learned of my project, she jumped right on board.”

Hedge hopes that other communities, like Caroline, Stafford and Culpeper, will try her social art project.

“The goal is to show that different people’s perspectives on the same subject matter can be vastly different.”

To learn more about the project, meet the artists, and preview some of the work, visit:

Annika monster
student’s original drawing (left) and artist’s 3D textile interpretation (right)


Emma monster
MONSTER EMMA – student’s concept (left) and 
artist’s digital art interpretation (right)


Tristan monster
student’s original drawing (left) and artist’s ceramic sculpture interpretation (right)


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