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November 21, 2013

‘Art in the Barn’ to help animals in the shelter

Part of proceeds from weekend art show by members of Canvas and Clay will go to Parker County Animal Shelter

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.

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