Created on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 Written by REUBEN MEES
Belle Center artist Donna Stoner holds a painting Tuesday of a winter scene featuring the village’s train depot she plans to use for prints and Christmas cards to raise money for the historic structure’s restoration. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN ME
Restoration of Belle Center’s historic train depot is gaining momentum with several recent donations and the announcement by a local artist that she intends to donate part of her proceeds to the project.
Donna Stoner and her husband Keith attended the village council meeting Tuesday with prints of a wintry scene featuring the train depot Mrs. Stoner painted.
She said she wants to sell the artworks and donate a portion of the proceeds back to the village. The couple also said she has used the current painting and other similar ones as the basis for Christmas cards, which could also be sold to benefit the project.
“We don’t know how much the printer’s costs have gone up in the last few years, but that will determine what we will charge and how much we can donate,” Mr. Stoner said.
“I hope we can go forward with this as a fundraiser,” Mayor Rhonda Fulmer said. “You (Mrs. Stoner) are very talented and we’re proud to have a local artist in the community.”
Read complete story in Wednesday's Examiner. CLICK HERE to subscribe today!