Saturday, 20 April 2013

Week 21 - Wanda "Jo Friday" Rottenfusser

Week 21. Friday, April 12, 2013.  Final Episode

A BOLO has been put out for Wanda “Jo Friday” Rottenfusser.  She has been charged with spreading falsehoods - tinkering with the facts to protect the guilty.  The truth might surprise you!  Here is the story.

It is early in the morning and cold in Calgary.  I am alone in my studio watching the sun turn the Rockies to rose.  My alias is Josephine Friday – my friends call me Jo, Jo Friday and I carry a paintbrush.  My assignment the last five months – infiltrate the Hilton Head group, gain their trust and expose their secrets to the world.  It was a tough job but someone had to do it.

Who are this sisterhood of felons?  Circumstantial evidence shows a large, loosely organized group centered in the United States but with connections in several other countries.  They appear to gather in different locations quite frequently to learn new skills from highly trained leaders, often returning again and again if the leader is particularly talented (e.g. Karin “Quickdraw” Jurick).  They are well versed in the digital age and are good at networking online as well as in person.  Their alleged crime is shooting individuals, animals, landscapes, flowers, etc. without warning and immortalizing them in paint.  They use knives, brushes and a wide variety of mediums.  Some do this for their own enjoyment and some extort money from the unsuspecting public in return for these “masterpieces”.   They exhibit a wide range of interests and skill levels but they all have one thing in common – PASSION!  It’s what separates champions from also-rans, the great from the merely good and this group has it in spades.

Happy painting everyone!

Artist: Wanda Rottenfusser

Artist: Kathleen Coy

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