to make a difference
For the last 10 years Kathy Johnson has held a fund-raiser at her shop Hudson Fine Art & Framing through the month of October called "In The Pink". She invites local artists as well as participants from The Gathering Place and her staff to decorate and donate a small canvas. Her talented posse uses every conceivable medium to create a fantastical array of styles and images. Whether it is oil paint, watercolor, acrylic, collage, fiber or photography, the square canvasses run the gamut of realistic to abstract, whimsical to words.The seasoned professionals and enthusiastic contingent from The Gathering Place whip up amazing and imaginative creations.
Kathy says that with each subsequent year, the number of canvases submitted exceeds her expectations, so that the hardest thing for her is hanging them in straight rows for display! Each October, there is an evening reception at the beginning of the month, with wine poured by her husband/sommelier and delicious snacks. Party-goers that night get the first glimpse of the 50 to 75 works that they can bid on, but the display stays up for the entire month for everyone to get a chance to vote for their favorite. Conducted in the manner of a 'Chinese Auction', anyone can buy raffle tickets and specify which piece they hope to win, depending on what strikes their fancy.
In 2014, there was a tie for the "People's Choice " award, with half of the votes going to five year old Robert McIsacc who painted a pastoral scene of a barn. While it may have been his loving family and friends who stuffed the ballot box, his winning was especially touching because he lost his mother to cancer soon after the show opened. Hudson is a small town where you never know whose life you will touch; Kathy's husband had coached Robert's sisters in softball. Kathy knows that pain of loss. Her friend Joy Wilson and five other friends all had breast cancer before they were 40. She wanted to find a way to give back and help others, and she is glad to have made The Gathering Place connection. Her event raises over $1,000 each year to support the free programs and services provided at The Gathering Place.