OLD FORGE — View, the Center for Arts and Culture at 3273 Route 28, is offering everyone a chance to win three great pieces of art.
View is currently selling tickets for all three raffles. The prizes are a carved bear by chainsaw carver Mark Tyoe, the original watercolor painting, “Sudden Still,” by Catherine O’Neill, and the center’s annual quilt, “Rustic Stars,” by the Pointed Pine Quilters.
The bear, standing 5 feet, was carved by acclaimed wood artist Mark Tyoe. His accomplishments include: seven-time Northeast Chainsaw Carving Champion; 2000 Mid Atlantic Champion; 2003, 2005, and 2007 International Power Carving Champion. The MSRP of the bear statue is $1,200.
Tickets to enter the carved bear raffle are $25 each or five for $100. The winning ticket will be selected on Saturday, Sept. 5.
The watercolor painting, “Sudden Still,” was painted by award-winning artist Catherine O’Neill. Speaking about her inspiration for the painting, O’Neill said, “The most memorable interactions with nature seem to come when we least expect them – when our busy daily lives are interrupted with a sudden reminder of the life teeming around us. I’m not sure who was more surprised at this moment – me, or the doe – when we both momentarily froze in recognition of a nearby creature. When painting Adirondack scenes, I try to capture the sense of wonder I feel when reminded how closely linked our work is with the natural one.”
O’Neill began painting nearly 20 years ago, after taking a beginner watercolor class at the local art center. She has since won numerous awards in local and national art shows, including two consecutive Best of Show awards from the North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition and the W. D. Gorman Memorial Award from the American Watercolor Society’s 143rd International Exhibition. She has achieved master status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
Tickets to enter the watercolor painting raffle are $100 each. Only 100 tickets will be sold. The drawing for “Sudden Still” will occur once all tickets are sold.
The queen size quilt, “Rustic Stars,” was created by the Pointed Pine Quilters. The Pointed Pine Quilters is an organization founded locally in the early 1970s that pool their talent and resources to work communally on large quilts. The group also has a history of philanthropic fundraising, making quilts for View, the Big Moose Chapel, St. Bartholomew’s Church, the American Legion’s Wounded Warrior Project, and the Old Forge Historical Association.
Tickets to enter the quilt raffle are $30 each. Only 100 tickets will be sold. The drawing will occur once all tickets are sold.
Tickets for all three raffles are available at View or by calling the front desk at 315-369-6411, ext. 201.
For more information, call View or go online to ViewArts.org.