Turn out was good (but could have been better) for the festivities. A new local Reggae Band played for the event. They were really good (but loud in such a small space.) With that rhythm and beat we all couldn't help but dance as we walked. They will be playing in Pittsburgh soon.
The 12 minute paintings done to some lively music added to the festivities and were auctioned off at the end of the evening.
Joann Wheeler, Abby Bunnell and Carol McDonald all completed paintings in their individual styles.
The winner of this year's Friend of the Transit Award went to Marilyn Karns. Marilyn is a retired kindergarten teacher who for the past ten years has run the National Transit Gallery and set up all the classes that went on for the Oil City Arts Association. It was an award well deserved and we are all indebted to Marilyn for all she does.
John Manders again donated his time to do caricatures (which is always so popular.) One of these days I'll bite the bullet and have mine done.
I demonstrated (basically talked about) one of the processes used to create designs for metal clay (particularly the Photo Polymer Plate technique.) Then I did a brief demo with bronze clay and talked about the differences between silver and the base metal clays.
The evening ended with the announcement of the winners of the 12 minute paintings. The winners of the silent auction will be notified in a few days.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I was having a scavenger hunt and giving away a piece from the National Transit Series. Earlier in the day a co-worker I hadn't seen in years stopped in the studio and it was great to see her. In fact it was so great that her name was drawn for the necklace. Way to go Vickie Conn.
All in all the yearly fund raiser was a success. First count estimates that we raised $600 for the Gallery. Thanks to all who helped.