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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Plein Air Event raises $3500 for Student Scholarships

I thoroughly enjoyed the day, even though I missed out on wine and stuff due to killing the battery on my car and needing to wait for my friend's son and mom  to come give me a boost! I was only about 15 minutes late for the auction though, so was able to catch most of the grand finale. 
Again, tremendous fun meeting other artists in a more relaxed environment. And it was simply an excellent exercise to stretch and challenge the usual "modus operandi." The buzz and many times voiced enjoyment from the spectators was a great boost. 
I had a lovely spot down by the river in River Mill Park. And I managed to keep to my current technique of paper/wash/line, using tinfoil as an "oven" to speed up the paper layer drying time. Always fun to experiment! 

Letter from the organizer:

Hi everyone.

I just wanted to send a huge thank you to everyone for making the first annul en plein air a huge success.  It is now obvious this event will run annually, and I'm certain it will grow into a grand event down the road.  One day I hope to see as many as 100 artists and perhaps even figure how it can become an event where the main street of huntsville is actually closed and get some performing art happening as well as the painting.  Time will tell.

Regardless, this could not have been such a success without each and every one of you.  I thank you for producing such fabulous work and offering a full day out of your busy lives.

At the end of the day we managed to raise about $3500.  This translates to over $1000 for three students continuing their education in the arts  from each of our communities (huntsville, bracebridge and gravenhurst).

Thanks once again,

--  kelly holinshead the shutterbug gallery shutterbug photography  34 main street east huntsville, ontario 705-788-7392

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