Paint Out for a Cause

“I love to be in the moment and enjoy the sounds of nature. I seek to disengage with the digital world and reengage with God’s world.” – artist Chris Kolupski
story by Mark Stash, photographs by Peg Angelo

This past June a group of local artists participated in a Paint Out event at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium in Branchport. The artwork created at the Paint Out event inspires appreciation of the Finger Lakes Region and highlights the talent found here. Each artist has agreed to donate 30 percent of the sale of their artwork to the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium. These funds will be used to create a place that highlights the cultural history and ecological evolution of the Finger Lakes region, through programming and capital improvements.

The artists had a choice to paint on location at the museum campus – which consists of almost 30 acres which includes sections of Sugar Creek and the shoreline of Keuka Lake, a riparian zone and tree lined meadows – or they could paint within a 3-mile radius of the museum. Painting plein air for just a few hours, the artists created almost a dozen works of art.

The efforts of these artists are showcased currently at Abandon Brewing Company near Penn Yan. Visitors are encouraged to stop by for a beer and wine tasting, to see the artwork on display, and to bid on artwork through the silent auction that will run through the end of September.

The public is invited to attend the Art Opening on Saturday, September 23 from 5 to 8 p.m., where they can learn more about the future of the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium.

These are just some of the paintings on display and for sale at Abandon Brewing Company in Penn Yan. Come out to the brewing company to show your support for the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium!

Painting by Kari Ruiz


Painting by Linda Ruthig

Painting by Chris Manasari

Painting by Mark Stash

Painting by Brenda Lyness

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