Sallisaw Artist Participates In Worldwide “Art Drop” Campaign

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SALLISAW (KFSM) -- A worldwide trend of dropping art in secret locations for others to find is becoming more popular locally.

Lesley Manning and her family have been hiding her artwork around Sallisaw.

"It's like a treasure hunt," her son Milo Manning said.

Lesley gives out clues on social media to lead people to the hidden location of her paintings.

"I thought, 'what a fun thing to do,' and I decided to do it and liven things up," Lesley said.

The artwork includes pieces from her own collection.

"The ones I have already hidden are just examples from classes that I taught and were just sitting in a closet at my house," Lesley said. "Some of them were pieces that I had hung in my house and I finished enjoying, so I decided to spread them out into the community."

Lesley said her favorite part of the "art drop" is getting to share the experience with her family.

"It's so much fun and I love that the boys enjoy it," Lesley said. "They love hearing what pieces have been found and we'll drive around to see if there are still some left."

With this project, the Manning family can add a touch of art to their community.

"I think art is important," Lesley said. "It allows you to express yourself and allows you to connect to a piece. Maybe you aren't creative, but you can see the beauty in something."

Lesley plans to make their next drop at a polling center before Election Day.

To follow Lesley's clues to find her artwork, visit her website.