BURK’S FALLS – The work of locally known artists are going national thanks to a deal with a Burlington company.
COUP FOR CLUB.
Members of the Burk’s Falls Art and Crafts Club were thrilled to announce that postcards and wrapping paper with designs by local artists are available across the country at Zellers and Canadian Tire locations.
Two club members, Marilyn Mason and Maureen Rieckhof, are feature artists this year, and it appears this trend is only going to grow.
Rieckhof’s work, a friendly snowman sporting a blue and white striped tie and yellow buttons and holding a broom, now dons rolls of wrapping paper sold at Canadian Tire. Several of Mason’s paintings, primarily scenes of Burk’s Falls, are featured on Christmas cards.
“I wasn’t so excited at the time but when I saw them in the store, I have to say I was a little excited,” she said.
The group is thrilled not only at the art on the front, but that the back of each card acknowledges the artist and that she is a member of the Burk’s Falls Art and Crafts Club.
Incoming president Valerie Sedore says they were late getting started and it was fortunate that Mason had an assortment of local winter scenes.
There are 18 different boxes of cards featuring Mason’s work, available at Zellers. A total of 80,000 boxes were distributed across the country.
“We’re very thankful for Marilyn because we were totally unprepared for this,” Sedore said. “If she wouldn’t have had her artwork there that went with a theme all together, we might have missed out on this opportunity.”
Randy and Paula Neal, proprietors of the Burlington company, have already begun making selections for next year.
Proceeds from the deal benefit the artists, and 10 per cent goes back to the art club, which is the standard commission with art sold through one of their venues, including the art centre in Burk’s Falls.
“What’s really nice is Marilyn likes to paint local, and there are several in there of Burk’s Falls,” said Sedore. “Here are these scenes of what Burk’s Falls looked like years ago and it’s so nice.”
Mason’s photos include Ontario Street and Main Street in Burk’s Falls, and one of her husband Norm riding his tractor in the bush.
“I think the excited thing is the name is on the box, and the Burk’s Falls Art and Crafts Club, so it’s very nice,” she said.
Works have already been submitted to the company for next year’s holiday season.
The club celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2010 and outgoing president Lois Cookman says things are taking off. She says that the cards not only promote the club, but the village as well, and she has received a number of calls of people asking where Burk’s Falls is.