Medina Journal-Register — Today marks the official start of the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce Palettes of Orleans program.
The program features 73 artists’ palettes, painted voluntarily by numerous local talents. The palettes are displayed at a number of businesses all over the county.
Almost all of the participating businesses commissioned local artists. However, two Medina business owners painted their own palettes.
“Years ago my grandmother used to paint, and I thought it’d be a good idea to carry on that tradition,” said Jaye Blissett of Blissetts.
“Doing this incorporate the business and something she taught me,” she said. Blissett’s palette features a variety of different colored sunflowers.
“I like sunflowers,” Blissett said. “They make people happy and have nice colors.”
Many businesses feature palettes that have a scene related to their shop in some way. For Blissett, the connection was more personal.
“My grandmother and I also gardened,” Blissett said, explaining the flowery picture. As for painting, Blissett said she made her palette over the course of two nights and about eight hours.
“It was my way of relaxing and destressing,” she said.
Down the street at Creekside Florist, owner Mary Lewis said she decided to paint her shop’s palette after finding out a lot of artists were busy. Her college education included a variety of art, including drawing, painting, and graphic design, so she decided, “Why not?”
Lewis said her palette features flowers by design.
“The more I thought about it, the more I thought I should do it,” she said. “I worked with heavy body acrylic because I wanted to see how it worked, and it gave the palette a 3-D effect.”
Lewis, like Blissett, had to work on her palette at night, after business hours.
“I waited until my kids went to bed because I didn’t want paint everywhere,” she joked.