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Acclaimed West Virginia artist Jamie Lester, who designed the sculptures of Jerry West and Don Knotts in Morgantown and the statue of Cardinal Rising in The Plaza in Beckley, is unveiling his artwork on Saturday, January 15 at 11am at a new media before

Lester, owner of the Love Hope Center for the Arts in Fayetteville, created Bird Girl, a non-fungible token (NFT). The collection includes 1,000 different digital images on the theme of a woman in different iterations with birds on her head.

Bird Girl-NFT is Lester’s foray into digital “painting” and NFT.

Lester created Bird Girl NFT using a program called Procreate and used iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to draw the images. He then created 40 different “layers” that were placed on the base and head of the Bird Girl, which serves as the bust or mannequin for all Bird Girl units.

His partner, Michael Reynolds, downloaded computer code and inserted Lester’s drawings into the code so it could be randomly distributed and put up for sale.

NFT, as the website techinnovations.info explains, means that the token is unique and cannot be replaced.

“Let’s take bitcoin, for example,” the website reads. “Bitcoin is fungible because you can exchange your bitcoin for another bitcoin.

“In either case, you end up with BitCoin.

“However, NFTs are more like Yu-Gi-Oh cards, unique trading tokens that when you trade them for one another, you get a different token than the one you gave away.”

NFTs can be JPEG images, music, or digital art.

The theme of birds runs through much of Lester’s work.

He said the Rising Cardinal in The Plaza – a red cardinal that takes off and becomes more abstract as it gets higher – illustrates his work with various bird symbols.

It’s fitting that his step into digital art incorporates a familiar theme.

“The bird girl is a subject that runs really deep for me, along a number of different lines, across a number of different practices, and has a lot of meaning,” Lester said Friday. “This is an image I’ve been using for about 15 years.”

When his youngest daughter was 3 years old, Lester made his first sculpture of the four inch tall bird girl.

“She had really curly hair,” Lester recalled. “I just replaced the hair on her head with these little birds that are all over her head.”

Since that moment, Lester has created paintings, drawings, bronze and ceramic sculptures based on the concept of the woman with the birds on her head, as a crown or ornament.

“It obviously has the connection with the symbolism that birds and flight have, and so you inevitably start thinking about things like your dreams,” he said. “It’s attached to the top of your head.

“It’s about dreaming, the power of flight, seeing things from a different perspective.

“It’s dramatically striking, kind of a compelling image, but it makes us stop and think about what it might mean.

“I like to keep things open so the viewer has a lot of space to work with,” he added.

Art collectors buy NFTs. Most notably, 41-year-old artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold an NFT to an art collector in December for $69.3 million. Beeple’s NF is the most expensive piece of digital art according to Forbes.com.

Lester’s work in more traditional mediums such as sculpture and painting typically sells for no less than $1,500. NFT offers a more cost-effective way to collect Lester’s works. Some collectors buy NFTs with the intention of later selling them for a higher price, but Lester said he’s happy when someone buys his work to own.

While some may be baffled by the idea of ​​owning art in the digital world, Lester noted that the NFT may end up in print.

But it’s also valuable to keep in its digital form.

“When I first heard about it, I just didn’t understand why you would pay money for a JPEG or PNG file,” he said. “I had to learn how it was connected to the blockchain (digitally distributed, decentralized, public ledger that exists over a network).

“We’re always buying intangible things, like a movie,” Lester added. “It’s a purely digital and intangible thing, and they own it.

“Equities are a better example. They are completely immaterial, but they are worth a certain amount of money.

“NFTs are the same.”

Bird Girl-NFT features 1,000 digital images that will be randomly sold online starting at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 15th.

To view and purchase, collectors visit the website at www.birdgirl-NFT.com

The website guides visitors through the steps of buying Solana (digital coins) and setting up a crypto wallet. The Solana is transferred to the wallet and a Bird Girl NFT can be purchased with Solana. The NFT is delivered to the collector’s crypto wallet.

Buyers will receive a random NFT. Lester said the arrangement of the Bird Girl NFT images didn’t matter.

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