The Allison’s Art Colony

The Allison’s Art Colony flourished for 15 years, and life there during workshops was delightful. Hosford Fontaine would often invite various members of the group for tea. The first Artists and Models Ball was organized in 1951, at the end of the Spring session, with music, dancing, and even a floor show. Prizes were awarded for the fancy headgear competition, Eloise McLellan being among the winners.

As the years rolled by, and the total of sessions mounted to nearly 30, a few changes and additions took place. Summer Paint Days, on Tuesdays, began in 1951, and in the 1960’s many requests resulted in some 3-day February workshops. One of them became known as The Snow Colony (for obvious reasons) and participants had a ball with the white stuff.