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Local “artists” paint to support Chamber

By Kevin McKinnon, 03/22/13 9:54 AM

Photo by Kevin McKinnon (More photos below)

As a special fundraiser for this year’s Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, Chamber Director Judy Duke asked various community leaders to come by her office and paint a picture of a tree to be auctioned off during the banquet. People such Mayor Terry Oliver, County Judge Mark Glass, Police Chief Bryan Russell and County Librarian Terry Vandiver were given two minutes to paint the same tree.

Judy says some of her “artists” had not picked up a paint brush in years. And County Judge Mark Glass said it was his first time ever to paint.

Sheriff Danny Martin included a tire swing hanging from a limb of his tree which he said was from childhood memories. Mayor Oliver used a Denver Broncos theme for his tree. And Vince Grimes with the Bank of Delight included flowers growing beneath his tree at the advisement of his young daughter.

Other budding artists included Ann Jordan with the City of Prescott, County Clerk Julie Oliver, John Brannon with the Bank of Prescott, Vince Grimes with the Bank of Delight, Prescott School Superintendent Robert Poole, Pastor Perry Johnson with Central Baptist Church, City Council Member Howard Austin, Economic Development Director Mary Godwin and Ray Oxley with Firestone Building Products.

During Thursday night’s Chamber Banquet, each of Judy’s “artists” held up their “masterpiece” while she sought a high bidder from the crowd. In some cases the paintings were purchased by the spouse of the “artist”. Prices ranged from around $15 to $45 each.

Judy says many of her “artists” were surprised at how much they enjoyed the painting experience. She says next year she aims to increase their challenge by asking them to paint a portrait.

Local artist Spot Daniel’s talent was discovered when he attended a painting class with his wife years ago. Maybe one of Judy’s students will advance to a new career in the arts. And maybe I’ll win a Pulitzer Prize too.

Check out the paintings below and tell us who you think has a potential career in painting.