Plains, Georgia was invaded by 50 artists and many volunteers on Saturday, January 23. For me, the best part was that I got to be one of them. Who would have thought?
The President and his lovely wife were with us all day although Rosalynn had a broken toe and was wearing a boot on her foot. Just a little momento from New Year's Eve. I am so glad she joined us. I had a chance to talk with each of them. They are very real people, so easy to be with. Freeze the moment!
Renowned American artist, Jim Richards, just recently painted an impressionistic portrait of the President. Just wait till you see it. It captures the essence of him.
Today Richards was the man in charge and presented a wonderful painting demo which was completed and auctioned later in the day for $10,500.
Paula Deen waiting for final bid.
I could go on and on about this memorable day, but instead I will just share a few pictures.
President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter with auction winner. Lucky one who takes the demo painting by Richards home with her.
Jim Richards doing what he does best. Great demo!
This painting entitled "Sister Talk" is one of my favorite paintings by Jim Richards. Don't you just love it.
All of us lucky people, artists of all levels, getting set up. The energy in the room was electrifying. I was beyond excited.
After President Jimmy Carter finished painting this one, Paula Deen auctioned it off for $7,500.
The day, ending with a smaller group supper including the Carters, Deen, and Richards, was an unqualified success. I'm holding these memories close for a long time to come. I feel so blessed and grateful to have had this extraordinary experience.