FISHER: ‘Paint Dexter’ Festival Organizers Deserve Recognition

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We apologize to Dexter City Councilwoman Donna Fisher for letting her letter to the editor slip through the cracks. The letter was written as a preview of sorts promoting this year’s Plein Air Paint Dexter Festival, but didn’t run prior to the event although we did run several articles promoting the event.

While the letter as submitted is no longer publishable, we would like to convey the sentiments included in Fisher’s letter.

As a member of Dexter’s city council, Fisher serves as that body’s representative to the Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, which answers to the council and handles the plein air festival, art installations, and various other endeavors promoting local culture throughout the community.

“I have worked with and have observed the ACH Committee with admiration as they advise the City Council on the development of arts, culture and heritage, they promote and publicize projects, they serve as advocates and they encourage public awareness, networking and collaboration. It is amazing to me to see such a small group of people cheerfully accomplish so much.

“Chair Victoria Schon, Sanam Arab, Phil Arbour, Lynn Babcock, Rich Bellas, Ginny Davis, Martha Gregg, Wa Hubbard, Angie Noble, Cristen Rinderknecht, Cheryl Willoughby have worked tirelessly for several months planning for the 5th Anniversary of Paint Dexter. These individuals are united and passionate about what they do and they are truly dedicated to the promotion of the ACH mission and goals. They work in harmony and cooperation with enthusiasm and optimism.”

Fisher praised organizers for what Paint Dexter has been built into in just five year’s time, with additions such as tours of the Dexter Art Gardens, inclusion of a children’s 3-D Chalk Art Event, and a wine reception where local residents had a chance to meet with visiting and local artists with the Dexter Community Jazz Trio playing in the background from the Monument Park gazebo.

“Again, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee Members, as the liaison from City Council to ACH, I want you to know I and many others admire and appreciate your efforts. Plein Air – Paint Dexter brings adults and children of all ages together to pause, appreciate and simply enjoy the arts and our community. It is times like this that makes Dexter so special.”

Certainly Fisher’s remarks were accurate. This year’s Paint Dexter event drew a steady stream of art admirers and buyers, and again produced dozens of beautiful en plein air renditions of some of the Dexter’s areas most beauteous scenes, natural features, and manmade structures.

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