Monday, October 26, 2009

Art Walk at Lake Oconee Village

Our first ever Art Walk at Lake Oconee Village was a huge success! We partnered with Magnolia Gallery and Aurum Jewelry and Art for an evening of art, wine, and fun for all who came. Each gallery had a theme and new artwork to see. We showcased our newest "Small Works" by all our artists on two wonderful display towers placed inside the gallery. Sherry Turner, Mike Johnson, and Gail Vail worked on the displays, lighting, hanging and all the visual aspects of the gallery. Kendall Boggs and Gail Vail provided lots of sweet and salty goodies (which everybody loved!), and Sherry made sure we had a good supply of wine and drinks for all our guests.

We've had lots of great feedback on the event. Several visitors came more than once to see the gallery and enjoy the fun atmosphere that only 14 artists who work and play together can provide. Nan McGarity provided some first hand art-making by painting outside the gallery during the event. Gail Vail created quite a buzz when she unveiled her new book, Seasons on Lake Oconee. She's had tremendous response before the book has even been delivered! We are excited for her and all the artists and writers who are included in this wonderful example of the lake country's creative talents!

We had 6 sales that night -- Shannon Candler's St. Simon's painting sold and all 5 of Sherry Turner's newest pieces sold! WOW. There is also interest in some other pieces and lots of good contacts made and new entries in our guest book. Two of our artists, David Siffert and Cathy McIntire, have a show at Aurum that premiered on the same night and it too was a big success with strong interest in several pieces. Chris at Aurum came by to let us know that customers requested we make this an annual event. Maybe we can do it in late spring and again next October -- third Thursday!

Our next event is Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 am to 3 pm) in Eatonton for the Briar Patch Festival. We will have a booth filled with gorgeous examples of our Art of Oconee artists' work. Come see us!

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