For the Catawba Island Boat and Yacht Show

Bailey VanKirk, a popular Ohio artist and gallery owner, will be putting oils to canvas during the Progressive Catawba Island Boat and Yacht Show, April 26-28, and one lucky attendee will be the painting’s owner when the show wraps up.

While some of her other paintings will be on display, VanKirk’s support for the Lake Erie Foundation is why she’ll be painting live throughout the 3-day boat show. Visitors will be invited to purchase a chance to own the painting. It will be awarded at show-closing on Sunday with all the proceeds going to the Foundation. The painting will be valued at $1,000 and chances will be available for $5 each.

VanKirk’s photorealist style oil paintings capture the peace and beauty of the Marblehead peninsula and life around the Lake Erie Islands. That’s not surprising since she grew up roaming the beaches, hanging out in marinas and fishing the area’s waters. She cites the islands area as providing endless inspiration for her works.

In 2014, VanKirk inherited Desdemona’s Gallery from well-known artist and her mother, Laura A. Brown, whose paintings hang in homes and offices throughout Ohio and beyond. Most recently, VanKirk purchased the gallery’s current location, fittingly a century old building on Main Street in the historic and picturesque Marblehead village.  

The show is held at the prestigious Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton. Show admission and parking are free. Hours will be: Friday (April 26), 12 Noon to 6 PM; Saturday(April 27), 10 AM to 6 PM; Sunday (April 28), 11AM to 5 PM.

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