Monday, September 26, 2011

Scotchman Peaks Plein Air Benefit, Hope, ID

Fourth year for the Scotchman Peak's Plein Air benefit and fund raiser.  10 or so artists showed up to paint the landscape in the area.
I love the Hope Marketplace.  Kally Thurman, art mavin extrodinaire is the area catalyst for art in the community which has numerous artists, authors and musicians.  The fishing ain't bad either.
Neil Wimborley and pals put on a great show, providing food, advertising and maps to participants.  Kally is the hostess and puts up many of the artists at her mansion of art on Lake Pend Oriel.

This year I hung out at the Cafe and painted the "Car Cabins" out back of the Market/Cafe/Gallery.  The "Car Cabins", were built in 1928 when the 2 hr trip from Spokane to the wilderness of Lake Pend Oriel was a two day trip and people came up to catch Kokanee and huge Dolly Vardin.  Today the Kokanee and Dolly's are scarce and a bounty is put on predator fish to try to resurrect the fishery.
The cabins are now the residence of visiting artists and authors.  As you can see, Kally has a penchant for the spectacular.  I don't think there is are any more extravagantly painted buildings outside of Mexico.  Luv it!