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Plein air art contest at the Truman Little White House

ABOVE: Key West artist Fran Decker was named winner of the competition by popular vote. ABOVE RIGHT: The great-grandson of President Harry S. Truman, Chicago-based artist Wesley Truman Daniel, talks with artist Vicki Golay of Key West. CAROL TEDESCO/THE KEY WEST HARRY S. TRUMAN FOUNDATION

Key West artist Fran Decker was named winner of the competition by popular vote. CAROL TEDESCO/THE KEY WEST HARRY S. TRUMAN FOUNDATION

Wearing an iconic tropical shirt once worn by his great-grandfather, Harry S. Truman, Chicago-based artist Wesley Truman Daniel led a plein air painting contest at the Harry S. Truman Little White House.

Each participating artist received an authentic 1911 roof shingle from the Little White House for their canvas.

Daniel painted alongside the participating artists throughout the event, providing assistance and exchanging insights on the plein air style.

Fran Decker, a prolific and long-time Key West-based artist, says she never painted on a metal roof tile before, “It’s very different; a little lumpy and bumpy, but I’ll get it.”

She got it! And was named winner of the competition by popular vote.

Her prize includes a tour around Key West for a party of six in the Harry S. Truman Foundation’s vintage stretch limousine, used by Truman during his 1945-53 Presidency.

Decker’s winning artwork will also be permanently displayed in the Truman Foundation gallery.

The event was the second of the Truman Foundation’s recently launched “TRU-ly Amazing Art” series. The next event will be a paint & sip on Saturday, August 10. ¦

 

The great-grandson of President Harry S. Truman, Chicago-based artist Wesley Truman Daniel, talks with artist Vicki Golay of Key West.

RIGHT: Cindy Westfall of Key West paints on an authentic 1911 roof shingle from the Truman Little White House during a plein air painting event.

Cindy Westfall of Key West paints on an authentic 1911 roof shingle from the Truman Little White House during a plein air painting event.

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