Creativity for a good cause

A shimmering sunset tinged with crimson, orange and yellow reflected off rolling Lake Michigan waves Friday night — on canvas anyway.
Marie Havenga
Feb 1, 2014

In reality, of course, Lake Michigan is a frozen tundra. But the Wine and Canvas event at the Holiday Inn in Spring Lake warmed the hearts of creative spirits.

More than 100 painting enthusiasts attended the fundraiser for the YMCA Learning Tree Preschool program, dipping their brushes and swooshing and swirling the sunset scene under the direction of painting instructor Dana Toader.

Toader stood at the head of the hotel's conference room, demonstrating how to measure focal distance with fingers and techniques for capturing the vision of the sunset on canvas.

“What we’re teaching gives them specific direction,” Toader said. “But we supply enough paint so they can experiment. But this isn’t just a painting class — having fun is part of the experience.”

Friends Sarah Wrinkles of Grand Haven, Jane Lardo of Ferrysburg and Ann Claire Achey of Spring Lake were doing just that. Although Achey and Lardo are art majors, they colored their world at a beginning painting class because they both have children enrolled in the “2's” class at Learning Tree Preschool and wanted to contribute to the cause.

“Good company makes for better painting,” said Lardo, who said she hasn’t had much of a chance to paint since having children. “People here are very into it.”

Organizers said a typical Wine and Canvas event attracts 30-40 people.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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