Project shines light on Shady Artists

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The four Shady Artists are called that for a reason — no, not because their motives are impure, but because they like to paint outdoors, out in the shade, if you will.

“We have a couple reasons why we say we picked it,” said member Janice Howell.

Outdoor painters belong to a school called the plein air style, meaning out in the air or out in the open.

Their annual project to help My Sisters’ Place will take place from Tuesday to Sept.  16 at the Arts Project.

If you come by on a Friday, you’ll be in for a treat. “Both Fridays, all four of us will be there painting in front of you,” said Howell.

Apart from Howell, the membership of the group includes Don Earle, Michael Haley and Sandi McCabe. They all met through the Gallery Painting Group.

Londoners seem to respond well to local subject matter. McCabe has sold more than 30 pieces with Blackfriars Bridge in them.

“People just love to own a painting of the Blackfriars Bridge,” Howell said.

The four banded together to have a bigger impact. They are “four artists who have come together knowing their efforts as group can only enhance the distinct character of their work,” the four said in a statement.

Twenty per cent of the proceeds will go toward the facility that helps women in crisis. “Artists allow us to provide the women with wraparound support by supplying basic needs such as a hot meal, laundry and showers, things most of us take for granted,” Susan MacPhail, director of women’s and community programs, said.

The shelter is open year-round. “No one is turned away,” MacPhail added.

The opening reception for the event is Thurday at the Arts Project.

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What: Shady artists benefit for My Sister’s Place

When: Tuesday to Sept. 16: opening reception Thursday, 4-7 p.m.

Where: The Arts Project, 2013 Dundas St.

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