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First Light Art Fund for Young Artists

Within Sunrise River Gallery we have our First Light Corridor which functions as our rotating exhibit space dedicated to showing the work of our areas young artists.  The Muscatine High School Art Club Gallery Show is currently on display.

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Artist Abby Alhf poses proudly for her family next to one of her 3 brilliant pieces on exhibit in the First Light Corridor at Sunrise River Gallery.

Recently, during the 8th Annual Downtown Muscatine Girls Getaway two different groups of Girls Getaway Painters joined me in the studio for some  interactive, collaborative spring-flowers-still-life painting sessions.

Oh what a time we had … and what beautiful art they created!

During each session, three different easels were positioned with a canvas waiting to be painted.  Ready with a beautiful still-life of tulips and lilies designed by Jen Summy of our neighbors at The Flower Gallery, brushes and paints; the ‘girls’ lined up to take turns on each painting.

So, I held the brushes and the paints, offered a bit of direction, then gave them each a minute or two before I called time and had them rotate to the next canvas.  After about 45 minutes and several rounds per session, all of the Girls Getaway Painters had a hand in completing some beautiful paintings.

Tulips & Lilies #4 by Girls Getaway Painters


Six Tulips & Lilies paintings were completed with a few finishing touches from yours truly.  If you like Tulips & Lilies #4, please check out the entire collection at Girls Getaway at Sunrise River Gallery.

Now the real beauty can continue.

These six original paintings finished paintings will be sold via a silent auction to establish the First Light Art Fund.  The First Light Art Fund will be a not-for-profit organization with the mission to promote, develop and support young, up-and-coming artists throughout the greater Muscatine community through exhibits, workshops and fundraising.  Proceeds from this first ever online silent auction will help establish a 501(c)3 charitable fund.

Thanks to the Girls Getaway event, we now have a nice, spacious studio space in Sunrise River Gallery to provide us a great place for youth art workshops and open studio time for student artists.

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Sarah Shoemaker, UIowa BFA photography student

Stay tuned for more great shows by young area artists.  We’re planing a show sometime this summer for photographer Sarah Shoemaker called: “Trashed”.

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Graced by her illustration.

We have a Guest Sketchbook / Register at Sunrise River Gallery.
This afternoon I set up my easel in the nice light from the front window and continued to work on a painting I’m calling Grandfather’s Holland.  Having painted for a a bit and making good progress, I cleaned my brushes and put my feet up.  Soon after in walked Grace and her dad.
Grace, a young artist herself, was visiting her grandparents here in Muscatine.  Her dad told me she’d seen me painting as they walked by and had to come see what was going on.  Grace, her dad (Rob) and I had a really nice conversation about painting, God and life.  Grace even called her mom to come see!  As we wrapped up our visit, Mom (Peg) said: ‘Grace left you some art.’
In our Guest Sketchbook, Grace blessed us with a beautiful original illustration.  On one level, art is about being able to reach someone on a deep, emotional level.  
Grace, your art is beautiful and has touched my soul.  It was a pleasure sharing my art with you, and thank you so  much for gracing us with yours!
Come see us again the next time you’re in Muscatine.