Medina Journal-Register — HOLLEY — For the past several months patrons at nearly 70 businesses all over Orleans County have seen a variety of different artists’ palettes. The pieces of wood depicted various scenes and different vistas, nearly all of which could be found in the area now or in days gone by.
The Palettes of Orleans Program, organized by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce, exceeded the original expectations set forth for it. That left the Chamber’s executive director, Kathy Blackburn, beaming during the program reception Sunday afternoon at Hickory Ridge in Holley.
“The talent in this county is amazing,” said Blackburn. She said the plan was to have 20 palettes placed throughout Orleans County, but once word of the program got out, the Chamber wound up needing to turn away several businesses that wished to participate. In the end, the Chamber stopped at 73 businesses. All of their palettes were on display during the reception, which was open to the public.
“We needed more artists than we thought,” Blackburn said. Indeed, some business owners who dabbled in artwork created their own palette, and a number of artists painted multiple palettes.
One such artist was Carol Culhane of Gaines. She created six palettes, and two in particular — the depiction of Eagle Harbor and the stunning portrayal of a steam locomotive chugging through Waterport — garnered many bids during the reception.
“I painted the Archers Club by request, I did Eagle Harbor for the Chamber, and Ho-Jack’s wanted the steam locomotive,” Culhane said. “I wanted to do them so that they had some historic significance.”
The Eagle Harbor palette and the Ho-Jack’s train palette both hearkened back to a part of Orleans County’s past. The train, Culhane noted, was the last of its line to include station stops in the county, finally ending “in the late 60s or early 70s,” she said.