A painting of Ennis’ Main Street by local artist Sherril Gold has been chosen for the Ennis Fourth of July Parade T-shirts.
The Ennis Chamber of Commerce’s parade committee selected the artwork last month. The painting resonated with the committee and the chamber’s board of directors, said Ennis Chamber President Karen Willet.
The chamber was able to secure the painting for promotional use through the generous contribution of an anonymous donor, Willet said. The donor will keep the painting and the chamber will have use of the image to continue to promote the Ennis community and local businesses.
Gold, who has been passionate about being an artist since she was a young girl, was excited by the parade committee’s selection.
“I’m really honored,” she said. “I saw all the great T-shirts over the years and wondered how one got to be chosen for that.”
The acrylic painting, which depicts a simple and colorful Main Street scene, matches perfectly with this year’s parade theme: “Main Street, Ennis – Where It Happens.”
“We’re delighted to be able to share in the painting’s use,” Willet said. “It just depicts the heart of Ennis.”
This year’s parade theme is particularly appropriate given the tough economy and importance of local businesses, she said.
“Any attention we can bring to our area businesses that help keep our town alive is very beneficial for the entire community,” Willet said.
The Fourth of July Parade T-shirt is a much-anticipated part of the holiday in Ennis. The parade has grown to be one of the more popular in southwest Montana, attracting thousands of people to town each year.
For Gold, having her painting selected for the parade T-shirt is another step in a lifetime of honing her craft.
Gold and her husband, James Parsons, moved to Ennis four years ago. They had lived for many years in Miami, where Gold studied Chinese painting techniques. In Ennis, Gold has worked hard to develop more Western painting techniques, focusing more on detailed work.
“I’m learning more about myself – that I am detail oriented and I’m comfortable with that,” she said.
She also is excited about the community of artists she’s found in Ennis.
“The Ennis Arts Association is a wonderful group of talented artists and craftspeople, our town is made richer by its creative energy,” Gold said.
One unique craft she’s developed is painting needlework. She paints scenes and pictures on needlepoint mesh for a handful of needlework shops in Florida.
Her artistic aspirations date back to when she was an 8-year-old girl. Back then she remembered wanting to be the best drawer she could be.
“That 8-year-old wish to be the best drawer of anybody has really been a driving force and I hope the 8-year-old me is really pleased with how it turned out,” Gold said.
To see more of her artwork, look at her artist page on the Ennis Art Association website www.ennisartsassociation.org.