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Art show to benefit Smithsburg police officer's memorial fund

April 02, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - Saddened by the loss of Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson in December, Carolyn "Carol" Smith has decided to devote her artistic talents to boosting the memorial fund for the slain policeman.

Smith knew Nicholson as a longtime Smithsburg resident but also in the workplace they shared for a time.

"I worked briefly with Chris at the Washington County Health Department," she said. "In that short period of time, I knew he was a very special person."

For some time, Smith had been wanting to do another show so a short time after Nicholson was shot and killed in December, she called Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and got the OK for the benefit art show.

The show will be Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Smithsburg Fire Hall on Main Street. Some original oil paintings will be on sale as well as prints and limited editions of her work.

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Half of the proceeds of the following Smithsburg prints will go to the memorial fund:

· The Town of Smithsburg

· The Smithsburg Library

· Spring House on Md. 64

· St. Paul's United Methodist Church

· The Old Railroad Station

· The Smithsburg Square

· The Fishack Wagon Repair Shop

· Ridenour's General Store

Newer limited edition prints will include:

· The Last Supper

· The Waynesboro Candy Kitchen

· Orange Shutters/France

Thirty percent of those proceeds are earmarked for the memorial fund, Smith said.

"With each purchase, there will be a chance to win a framed original oil painting," Smith said.

A Cumberland native, Smith moved around a lot as a young person because of her father's job as an electrician. She lived in Rouzerville and Waynesboro for a while, and then the family became Smithsburg residents when she was a teenager.

Describing herself as a shy child, Smith said her art was a way of being accepted and helped her make friends.

Her love of painting was fueled by a Norman Rockwell oil paint set her mother gave her 35 years ago.

A self-taught artist mostly, Smith did study with David Buckley Good and Tom McFarland and took some courses at Hagerstown Community College. She also credits her husband, Steve, with being very supportive of her and her work.

After more than 30 years in Smithsburg, the Smiths moved to Waynesboro, Pa., recently and she continues to practice her art there.

"I paint some on commission," Smith said. She also had a show at the Washington County Health Department with proceeds going to CASA about 15 years ago.

Smith also did some artistic decorating in the health department clinics with the goal of brightening things up for staff and patients.

"I get inspiration from everywhere," Smith said.

One of the high points of her career is that one of her paintings of Smithsburg - painted from the vantage of the elementary school hill - is hanging at Camp David, the presidential retreat in nearby Frederick County, Md.

"My son, Wayne, knew a Secret Service agent from there and he saw one of the scenes that was in one of my paintings," Smith said.

So she had it matted and framed and her son took it to the agent, Smith said, recalling the 2003 event.

A telephone call from the White House requested the Smith's mailing address and soon thereafter, a thank you note came in the mail - from first lady Laura Bush.

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