Sunday, April 10, 2011

Painted Trash Can

Organic Valley held their Annual meeting this past Saturday at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI.  Farmer members from all across the country were in town for the meeting, sharing information and more.  I had the great pleasure of presenting a One Stroke FolkArt painting class to one of my largest groups ever on Friday to the farmer's spouses. 

We started out with 15 women; some from Indiana, Kentucky, Washington state, South Dakota or maybe it was North Dakota, North Carolina (loved her accent), and so many more states that I couldn't keep up with all the information.  Our 15 soon became 21, but in reality was actually 23 as a couple of the women switched out with some others in the group. 

Each year a silent auction is held.  The Art Wedig Disaster Relief Fund aids members/owners of CROPP Cooperative in times of greatest needs - floods, tornadoes, accidents, fires and other natural disasters. This fund was created as a memorial for the late Board Director, Art Wedig, by the Wedig Family. For this years auction entry, I painted a small metal trash can which is great for a single person in an apartment or a trailer home.  Some have chosen to use them to store bird feed or dog food among other things.  I have shipped these cans as far away as Boston and Denver and as close as Milwaukee, just to name a few places.  I wonder who this years winner was?  In the past I have donated painted milk cans, stepping stones and painted hats.  It is always fun to come up with something new.

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