'Build the Guild' a big success for MC Art Guild

Friday, May 16, 2014
The donated works of art were on display in the gallery at the Marshall County Art Guild before being claimed by the ticket holders at the Build the Guild event.

By Tina Lilly

President, Marshall County Art Guild

As a non-profit arts organization, the Marshall County Art Guild relies on support in many forms. As part of their fundraising efforts,"Build the Guild" was held Saturday evening. The event showcased the original "secret" works of art (signed on the back) by local, professional, and nationally known artists. The artist's identity was only revealed to ticket holders at the event after they selected the work they wanted, which made the evening very exciting. The key here was that the art itself was the sole criteria on which the decision to pick was made ... the artist's identity was the secret prize!

Over 100 pieces of art were donated for the event and all the tickets were sold, so more than 100 people went home with original works of art.

To determine who got to pick first, ticket numbers were drawn lottery fashion, with Mary Lou Clift's being the first.

She chose a picture of buttercups, by Janet White.

"It's just one I thought was pretty," Clift said. She's getting the picture framed, but hasn't decided where to hang it yet.

"It's so appealing I could put it just about anywhere," she said.

The most expensive piece of art that was donated to our art lottery was by artist Toby Penney of Fayetteville, who was recently featured on the front cover of "Professional Artist" magazine. Her piece was valued at $800.

Many people contributed their time and talent to make the evening a success. The band was The MOJAZZ Trio. Sharon Dietz of DeLishous Dishes catered the event. Pickers Creek Winery donated the wine for the evening. "Mr. Ollie," Tim Oliphant, did caricatures of guests that were interested in sitting for him. Lisa Wallace sat outdoors to make a "plein air" painting of the Marshall County courthouse which was auctioned off at the end of the evening to the highest bidder. Barry and Cherry White won the bid at $375. A Silent Auction was held upstairs that included items donated by local businesses. A popular item in the silent auction was a framed watercolor painting by Pat Cathey.

The money raised at Build the Guild will be used to match the grant we applied for with the Tennessee Art Commission.

We should find out this next month if we won the grant. The project for which we requested support will be called "The ARTS (A Reason To Shine) Program." It will mainly benefit children of all ages but our target is middle school age students. Currently our school system does not offer any art programs to middle school students. We feel that this is a vital age to tap into because of the many changes the students are going through not only mentally but physically. Since there is no way in school, other than sports, for them to express themselves, they are becoming at risk teens. This program will also be available to other students who have interest in art, but don't have the disposable income to pay for art classes. We want to include students and adults who are disabled, and also our senior adult population that is on a fixed income. The program is scheduled to begin in June 2014.

Anyone interested in our art classes and other events and exhibitions should visit our website at www.marshallcountyartguild.org. Our next exhibition will start on May 20 and feature the work of professional artist Felix Maxwell, a resident of Marshall County. We will hold a juried art show, "Arts A Poppin," the first Saturday in October.