A special art exhibition will be held to showcase the paintings of island painter Chloe Gill, arranged by her friends, in honor of her 90th birthday on Saturday, June 15.
Forty of Gill’s paintings will be displayed at Island Church (9624 Sportsman Club Road) from 1 to 4 p.m., and refreshments will be served.
Admission is free and open to all.
“She’s been taking art lessons for about 15 years from another lady on the island,” said event organizer Lisa Berg, a close friend of Gill. “She’s just a phenomenal artist and she’s happy to share it with the community. She loves being here on Bainbridge.”
Gill moved to Bainbridge 62 years ago from Queen Anne in Seattle, with her husband and two small children. Later, the family welcomed a third child, after having settled on the island.
She practiced interior design, both residential and commercial, for 35 years, a career that included 27 years of heading up her own company, House of Chloe Interiors.
Berg said she first met and befriended Gill about six years ago through Island Church, where she was the children’s pastor.
“She always came in and helped the kids learn scripture and just, you know, blessed the children,” Berg said. “She was always helping with my vacation Bible school. She’s cool; she’s an awesome lady all the way.”
Though selling work is not the primary focus on the show, Berg said the pieces on display are for sale and all money made is donated.
“Everything that she ever sells she gives all of her proceeds back to mission trips and missionaries and things like that.
“She’s amazing, an amazing woman of God … [but] it’s not even about that, it’s about loving the community and wanting to share her creativity and her artwork as well as her 90th birthday,” Berg said. “She’s not doing it for gifts or anything like that. It’s just to share with the community that she loves.”