A modest storefront in Alpine Village, a panoramic view of Ostego Lake or an object as simple as a street side flowerpot—these are the Gaylord inspirations local artists will draw from August 1 during the city’s inaugural Paint Out On Main Street affair. The event, headed by Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, is meant to bring attention to Gaylord’s beauty while raising money for the Community Art Center.

Carlene Lagrou, an artist and avid supporter of the Community Art Center, helped to make Paint Out on Main Street a reality by tracking down local artists willing to give of their time and talent for the cause.

“The arts need all the fundraising help they can get right now,” Lagrou said. “We’re really hoping for a good turnout so we can make this an annual event.”

Participating artists are asked to report to the art center Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and noon, at which point they will receive a location to paint. Then, at 4 p.m., a reception will take place at the Community Art Center (125 E. Main St.). Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a silent auction will commence. In addition to having the opportunity to bid on paintings created for the event, guests will have the option to vote for their favorite artist. The winner of the popular vote will take home a gift certificate donated by Saturn Booksellers (133 W. Main St.).

Artists who are not able to give of their time are still encouraged to support the cause by donating original artwork for the auction. Artwork that captures the beauty of Northern Michigan is preferred.

Lagrou said because this event is a test run, she is being more liberal about the logistics.

“If it’s a success, next year we’ll be more specific and make sure we have more points covered,” she said. “This time we’re just kind of feeling our way around.”

For more information about Paint Out On Main Street call (989) 732-3242.

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