Red Rock print helps fund arts

FAIRMONT – Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont is releasing a collector print of the building as a fundraising effort to finance ongoing support of the arts.

The print is derived from a painting, showcasing the Red Rock building, by J.D. Speltz of Speltz Studio of Wildlife in Armstrong. The sunlit summer scene prominently features Red Rock’s stained glass windows,

“The artist’s print is $40 shrink-wrapped,” said Sonja Fortune, executive director of the Red Rock Center. “[Speltz] won’t let prints go out the door without shrink-wrapping.”

A deluxe edition is available for those who would like a completed piece of artwork.

“Custom framed and matted is $117 inclusive,” Fortune said. “On the matte, people can have a custom design to mark a special day or event.”

For example, if a couple was married at the center, the matte could be personalized with wedding bells and the date of the ceremony.

“There’s also two different colors of frames,” Fortune said. “There’s a dark oak and a light oak.”

Only 150 of the regular edition prints will be made. The 10-by-15-inch image goes into a 16-by-20-inch frame after matting.

Speltz is a 10-time state stamp and three-time national print award winner. In each of his paintings, he includes a number of small sparrow silhouettes as his “signature” feature. The birds are located in the upper left corner of his Red Rock painting.

Fortune said people who would like to see the print can do so at the Red Rock booth at the Martin County Fair, or at the center.

For more information, call the center at (507) 235-9262 or the Speltz Studio at (712) 868-3001.

All deluxe framed orders receive by Aug. 22 also receive a T-shirt featuring the color print.