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Durand revs up with motorcars and brushes

The tiny town of Durand, Wisconsin, opens its doors during GoPaint! — an annual weeklong artist celebration.

Painting kicks off with the Quick Paint event 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday May 14 at the Old Courthouse Museum.

All are welcome to participate or just come and observe the artists competing for the “Best Quick Paint” awarded at 4 p.m., notes Jean Accola, founder and coordinator of GoPaint!.

The artists will set up within the Washington Square block surrounding the Old Courthouse and elsewhere within visual range of the Old Courthouse.

Throughout the following week artists will continue to execute their paintings — primarily oils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels.

Most artists stay in the area and rise at sunrise and often paint into the evening hours trying to take advantage of the most dramatic light of the day, Accola said.

One of the prizes awarded is for the Best Nocturne Painting and that, of course, is a painting done at night.

“The reflections of the city’s lights in the river as it flows behind the downtown businesses is a striking scene especially painted from the Highway 10 bridge,” she said.

On Wednesday May 18, Imagination Nation will lead a ride on motorcars into the Tiffany Wildlife Area.

“This is a rare opportunity for riders to access the depths of the Wildlife area in a safe and ecologically sound way,” Accola said. “The Chippewa Valley Motorcar Association maintains the tracks and cars for the pleasure of the public and offers the rides to various non-profit organizations as a fundraiser.”

The artists will be riding along and stopping to paint but seats are available for additional passengers.

All artists are welcome to paint in the event by registering at

At 6 p.m. Friday May 20 the submitted paintings will be on exhibit and awarded prizes including “Best of Show” sponsored by the City of Durand, “Best Chippewa River Painting,” “Honorable Mention” and many others.

All paintings submitted will be for sale. Purchase award pledges are available to anyone in advance of the exhibit. Purchase awards are given first selection of the works.

The exhibit and awards ceremony will be held at the Accola Gallery 502 Second Ave E., Durand.

For more information contact Accola at

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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