ONE-DAY EXHIBITION AND SALE OCTOBER 28
FOR FOUR MONTHS this spring and summer I spent Friday mornings painting in the Art House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Most of the time I was by myself in the 10’x10’ structure, reclaimed from disuse and refurbished by painter Jan Ruby-Crystal of Northampton last year with the help of volunteers.
The Art House in some respects resembles the dune shacks in the Cape Cod National Seashore, where I have stayed many times, only in a woodland setting rather than the seaside. It was peaceful and beautiful, with few distractions, and I did a lot of painting.
Occasionally I had visitors who stopped out of curiosity and sometimes stayed to paint. During July and August, a group of eight to 10 campers aged 10 to 12 arrived with their counselors most weeks to paint for an hour using donated colored pencils or watercolor on paper. I often painted with them.
I’ll be presenting work inspired by the Art House with six fellow artist volunteers at a one-day exhibition and sale Sunday, October 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wildlife Sanctuary at 127 Combs Road.
The other artists are Christina Bosch, Stacy Dell Isola, Chris Hill, Joey Pesche, Jan Ruby-Crystal, and McKenzie Swart.
The paintings are mostly small, and priced affordably. Most are under $100, many are less than $50, and 25 percent of the proceeds will be donated to help fund next year’s Art House programming and materials.
Refreshments will be served, and of course people are free to enjoy the Wildlife Sanctuary’s trails.
Here are some of the paintings I will have at the sale.