What do you see when you visit a park? What do you feel when in the middle of nature? Most of us have visited parks and those experiences recall a wide range of memories - fishing in the summer, leaf peeping in the fall, sledding in the winter, spotting new life in spring. The parks themselves, have their own personality - the rugged and wild like Yellowstone, the manicured and perfect like Central Park, leafy and friendly like Cherokee Park, dry and sandy like the Sleeping Bear Dunes. There are sounds - dogs barking in the runs, wind whipping through aspens in the mountains, birds chirping in the trees and bees buzzing in the flowers (or your lemonade), water trickling down stream or thundering to the depths below.
Our memories track back to childhood when we were pulled away from tv, reading, video games (and you name it) and into the wilderness where we hiked, climbed and discovered, to college camping trips and retreats from the business of adult life, to getting engaged or enjoying a wedding with a beautiful view, and taking our own children or grandchildren for some fun in nature. If we really let our minds wander, we begin to think about where our parks will be when we are gone. This is where my pitch comes in - this is what the Olmsted Parks Conservancy does. It creates the setting for these memories. It's mission is "to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville's Olmsted-designed parks."
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is hosting it's annual art fundraiser, for which a portion of the proceeds go to the Olsted Parks Conservancy for the purchase and planting of trees in Cherokee Park. The event is Friday, November 18th from 6PM-9PM and will have a variety of artists - from oil, watercolor and acrylic painters to potters and fabric artists. Come out to support the parks and artists!
This is my second year participating in the show and I'm excited to be sharing (and selling) my art in the community and will be bringing park-specific paintings, prints and note cards (think trees, flowers and, of course, dogs!).
Where: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2233 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, KY
When: Friday, November 18th 6PM-9PM
Supports: St. Andrew's Episcopal Outreach, including the Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Admission: $5 admission (plus a portion of the proceeds from anything you purchase are donated to St. Andrews/Olmsted Parks)
Here's a sample of some prints of my artwork that will be available.