EDMONTON — Randy Crumpton stood creekside in front of an easel Saturday working on an acrylic painting.
He was one of seven artists who turned out for a plein air event at Creekdance, an Airbnb along Penny Lane in western Metcalfe County that will benefit food banks in Glasgow and Edmonton.
“I used to paint a lot back in high school, but I do wood carving,” Crumpton said. “I am a woodcarver. I’m not much of a painter.”
The event was hosted by Richard and Peggy Harris, who own Creekdance.
“This is an event to do what we love while being safe during the COVID virus outbreak, because we want to try to do what the governor thinks is best. It’s also painting. Everyone who is here loves painting,” Peggy Harris said.
The artists were charged an entry fee to take part. At the end of the day, when they had finished their paintings, they placed a price tag on them.
“We are going to put the paintings in a restaurant, or I might even post them online because people buy things online all the time,” Peggy Harris said. “Whatever proceeds we get from the paintings and the entry fees will go to the food banks of Glasgow and Edmonton because some of the artists are from Glasgow and some are from Edmonton.”
The artists were scattered all across the property. While Crumpton worked along the creek bank, Fran Scherer of Edmonton worked beneath shade trees near an open field.
Scherer has been painting for nine years. She’s unsure of why she paints.
“That’s the big question,” she said, laughing. “I don’t know. It’s just something I have to do.”
She worked on a large painting of bright red flowers.
As for the event benefiting area food banks, she said: “I think everybody wants to give back a little bit, but they don’t know what to do right now.”
Across the driveway from Scherer was John Yakel of Glasgow, who was using a small fan to try to keep cool.
“I’ve been dabbling for a while,” he said. “A long time, I guess. I just enjoy it. I like all media. I still come back to oils because they seem to be more forgiving.”
Yakel said he thought the event the Harrises had organized was a wonderful thing.
“I enjoy the opportunity to paint and to meet new people, but the fact that it was to support the food banks, it couldn’t be a more noble cause,” he said.
The Harrises say they plan to do another plein air event in the fall.