— By BRIAN SMITH
For the first time in 13 years, a Weatherford artisan group will be donating proceeds from their annual sale this weekend to a group that can use it.
Canvas and Clay Artists Ltd., a group of four local artist friends – Marsha McDonald, Dr. Leea Arnold, Jan Bateman and Mary Hicks – have hosted an annual art show and sale since 2000.
The quartet is donating 10 percent of sale proceeds to the Parker County Animal Shelter. Entitled “Art in the Barn,” the show and sale is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Arnold’s residence, 360 Leea Lane.
McDonald, who has been painting for more than 50 years, said there will be more than 75 pieces of different art forms including jewelry, mixed media, bronze and leather work as well as paintings. Artwork done in pastels, oils, and watercolors will also be on display.
The group’s first show was held at Weatherford College, but the ladies decided they wanted to have something new and unique for their show, so it was moved years ago to Arnold’s barn.
“We knew we needed a cool name and a neat idea for our shows,” McDonald said.
“People have just been blown away by having our show in the barn,” Arnold said. “The public has definitely been surprised by what we’ve done and it’s been great.”
Arnold said she got into art by taking pencil drawing lessons about 20 years ago. The licensed veterinarian by trade said she started off doing sculptures but has now honed her focus on jewelry.
Many of the pieces have their focus on animals, as the ladies do enjoy doing portrait paintings. All four artists have had shows in the past as individuals and are animal lovers. They agreed the PCAS would be a great place to donate some funds.
“We’re hoping to raise some good money,” McDonald said. “Some years are better than others with the economy and such.”
“We’ve never given funds (from our sale) to any other organization, so we’re excited to do so,” Arnold, whose designs have been featured in studios in Fredericksburg and Saint Jo, she said.
McDonald admits Canvas and Clay is not like most art associations or groups and contends they are more friends than anything else.
“We do hold each other accountable, and that helps us set and achieve our goals in art,” Arnold said.
The quartet will also have guest artist Stephanie Ferguson, a custom boot designer, showing off her wares during the show.
“She has been doing custom boots for years and is pretty well known,” Arnold said about Ferguson, who has done some custom work for Arnold herself. “She has done theme boots for colleges and the like. She will do whatever trips your trigger.”
Art in the Barn, which will have Americana and nostalgia for its theme this year, is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday night featuring wine and hors’ d’oeuvres and then from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For information, call 817-594-6900.