Albion Merchants use art to promote community, raise funds

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – The Albion Merchants Association kicked off an art show and fundraiser on Friday, a display that will continue at Hoag Library until a closing reception on June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

There were 83 entrants of art on 5-by-7-inch canvasses. Submissions included paintings, drawings and photography. More people are welcome to enter. All artwork will be sold for $10, with proceeds going to downtown flowers in Albion.

Kim Pritt holds the painting she made for the “Art in Bloom” project. She created a fashion girl with Kilroy, a character that was popular in American culture during World War II. Pritt said she enjoyed drawing fashion girls in high school. She was asked to participate in the art project by Lisa Stratton, owner of the Hazy Jade Gift Shop. Hazy Jade and Bindings Bookstore have the canvasses for interested artists.

There are about 60 to 65 different participants who submitted art for the project, including high school art students in Kim Nesbitt’s class.