In just three short months, we will have the opportunity, as a Guild, to participate in the annual Spring Into The Arts Festival on Saturday, May 2nd 2015.
This event is hosted by the Concord Downtown Development Corporation, funded by the Cabarrus Arts Council and private sponsors.
The Festival is geared toward the art enthusiasts, with 30 juried Fine Artists displaying their work on “Artist’s Row”. This is a family friendly event with a special area of art activities and an entertainment stage for children. There will also be food vendors and various street performers.
This event can provide exposure for the Guild Gallery and Gift Shop, not just to the general public, but to public specifically interested in fine art. This is why we must all pitch in to support this effort.
As a reward for being jurors of the entries as well as hosting the two judges, the Guild is able to have space on the street, directly in front of our building FOR FREE. That’s right, FREE!! All we need are volunteers to man the space for two or three hour shifts throughout the day. You pick your time. In exchange for this service, you will be able to display a few pieces of your art in our “free” space. If your schedule has kept you for volunteering in the past, this would be an easy way for you to contribute to the success of your Guild.
We will need at least six people at two hours each or four people at three hours each to man our space on the street. There should be two people at two hours each at the Guild front desk to collect money for our sales upstairs. On Saturday morning at 9:00 am and again at 4:00pm, we will need three or four strong people to set up and take down the grey panels upstairs.
MAKE ONE; TAKE ONE: In our classroom area, the public will be invited (for $5) to take an 8 x 10 canvas and paint their own masterpiece with acrylic paint. They can then take their art home or take a different one that has already been painted. For this activity we will need the following talents from members.
Contribute some old brushes for the public to use.
Draw some simple “paint by number” examples we can trace onto some canvases.
Paint several canvases for the “take” part of the project.
And the most important, we need several members to stay at the tables and assist our budding artists.
As mentioned; in exchange for the donation of your time and talents, you will be able to hang or place your art for sale on the street in front of our building. Only members who contribute their time will be allowed to place art in the Festival space. How many pieces will depend on how many volunteers we have. We really need to know in advance how many of you plan to participate.
Special Note: There is still time to apply for a spot on “Artists Row” on Cabarrus Ave. You can display all of your own art under your own tent and participate in the judging. You can contact the CDDC for information and applications. Applications must be received by March 15th, and the cost is $110 for a 10 X 10 booth space.
Let us hear from you as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your participation in this event.
The Events Committee,
Penny Oliver, Kristy Keistler, Barbara Pavey, Patty Minges and Nancy Sanderbeck