The Outsiders on quest to paint historic buildings

Mary Ellen Andrews paints the historic Mesa Feed Mart silos from the parking lot of The Daily Sentinel Thursday morning.



Mary Ellen Andrews and Wilda Fortune unfolded their easels, squirted a variety of rust- and grey-colored paint, and began recreating the historic silos on south 7th Street Thursday morning.

The Mesa Feed Mart silos have been a Grand Junction landmark for as long as Fortune, a native to the city, can remember.

“This used to be the old Mesa Flour Mill. They tried to tear them down once, but the cement is so hard they couldn’t do it,” Fortune said laughing.

Andrews and Fortune are members of the painting club The Outsiders. There are five members including Sheri Balke, Geri Harris and Gailen Schmidt. They enjoy plein-air painting including landscapes, historical buildings, flowers and garden scenes.

“We like to do historical buildings,” Andrews said, adding they recently completed a “theme project” to paint the historical barns in Collbran. Their project was previously featured in a PBS special.

The cylinders of the silos were a particular challenge for Andrews and Fortune. They arrived early to capture the best use of shadow in their paintings.

The current theme of the club is “Painting on the Street.” Those works will be available to view at their annual Color Sunday Art Show and Sale. The works will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 at 5096 Colorado Highway 65 on the Grand Mesa. The cabin is a quarter-mile past Powderhorn on the left-hand side of the road.

For more information, visit http://www.theoutsiders.org.


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