Friday, December 11, 2009

'Tis the Season! Palletteers are Jolly!

This is certainly a busy season in St. Croix! The St. George Botanical Garden GALA fundraiser was held December 4. Many Palletteers were among the artists who'd created 3" paintings to decorate the Artist tree donated by Connie Lemco to the GALA for the live auction. This year the tree boasted more than 100 ornaments and netted a winning bid of $3800. How neat to look at all the little gold-framed ornaments and find some by artists I knew, including me! Sweet!
The chairperson of the GALA was Laura Ballard who did an outstanding job! Sue Ladwig was a hard working member of her committee.
Elizabeth Keith had also donated a tree. Her theme was Underwater marine life and her tree featured cards she'd created using her own underwater photos. She added sea creature magnets to the tree, and, yes, she made those too. She also made a few lovely wreathes. Several of the Palletteers had also donated paintings and these were hung on the wall of the east gallery as part of the silent auction.
Brenda Taylor and I had volunteered to help decorate Elizabeth's tree on Thursday and help out at Friday night's auction. The three of us ended up decorating 3 trees for the event so that on auction night we all felt really great seeing each of them gather such high bids.
The following night was the first annual Sunshine Foundation's art show, Artists for Animals, and 5 of us represented the Palletteers in the show: Brenda Taylor, Marilyn May, Emy Thomas, Leslie Rickenbach, and me. What a wonderful opportunity to get exposure and recognition for the Palletteers and let people see our talent as artists. Many people were intrigued and impressed with our group and that it encompasses people with so many varying abilities and talents.
Gallows Bay had their big night this past Wednesday and Jane Akin had the opening of her show of Small Works at Gallows Bay Frame. If you didn't get to see it yet, make it a point to stop by.
St. Croix certainly gets busy at this time of the year and there's really no excuse to not get into the holiday spirit! This coming Saturday night is the boat parade and, of course, one of our own, Alma Winkfield, has decorated her boat for the show! Their boat won first place last year so this year it's sure to dazzle!

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