Community Involvement

This summer I was invited to participate in the Community Mosaic Project, which is currently on display at the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, WI. Sponsored by the Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay, WI, it’s a project intended to encourage members of the community, whether full-time or part-time residents, and of any age, to become actively involved in the arts. The idea is that community members could submit a 6”x6” canvas to be included in a mosaic of artwork to be displayed as a unit. The individual canvases will later be sold off for a set price to benefit the non-profit Hardy Gallery.

140601a Flower Cart

Although I spend only a few weeks in Wisconsin every year, I was happy to participate as a community member. It seemed like a great way to give back something to a community that always seems to stimulate my own creative imagination.

One of my favorite aspects of Door County—the “thumb” of Wisconsin that pokes northeastward out into Lake Michigan—is seeing the frequent reminders of important values of yesteryear incorporated into daily life today. I tried to illustrate that in “Flower Cart” (#140601), my 6”x6” contribution to the mosaic. My subject was a retired wooden farm cart that had been reclaimed for use as a garden planter. I enjoyed the way it enhanced the beauty of the present with a nostalgic reminder from the past.

Although I usually prefer to work in watercolor, I chose acrylics for this project because I knew it would adhere better to the canvas and because it would dry more quickly than oils to be ready sooner for display and purchase.

I hope that whoever selects my painting enjoys not only that visual reminder of Door County but can also feel a sense of satisfaction in having helped to support the Hardy Gallery, which in turn encourages continuing local participation in the arts.

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