For weeks painter Dennis Ellingsen carefully thought of his idea. Then, he put brush to canvas.
"It took me about six and a half, seven hours," said Ellingsen.
And, he completed it in front of a crowd.
"The artists come in and create a studio. It's a make-shift studio and they're working together. So, not only are individual artists working separately, but they're also working together," said David Merhib, the Visual Arts Center Director.
"It's really an interesting process in that you're creating but sometimes you have an audience, and artists don't always do well with an audience. You want to create in solitude, but forget solitude!" said Ellingsen.
Titled "Studio 301" after the Washington Pavilion's address, 43 artists will have 12 hours on October 26th to complete a work of art. That evening a silent auction will be held. The Pavilion's Marketing Director, Michele Wellman, bought Ellingsen's piece last year.
"So, I always get to see the final works but to actually see the process... he was drawing and then filling it in. It just spoke to me," said Wellman. "I thought it was absolutely beautiful. I was so excited, and I bid on it and won."
Added Ellingsen, "It is really no longer my piece. I created it, but someone bought it to my amazement, but it was just a fun process."
For additional information about the free day, click on this link: https://washingtonpavilion.org/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=9D64F2FE-F4DF-46E0-869E-01CCCBD8F1AD
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