The Association of Verandah Artists (AVA) held its first art exhibit, “Verandah Visions,” November 7 and 8. As I wrote last time, I was responsible for getting it off the ground. But our members came through: Sixty percent of our membership actively participated by displaying their work. One member contributed his carpentry skills to provide a two-sided folding wall from which we hung some of the 2-dimensional artwork. Construction costs were met through individual donations. Other members contributed helpful suggestions, based on their own organizational experience and the specific needs of their media.
The exhibit of more than 150 pieces included sculpture, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, photography, painted pottery, glassware, jewelry, and textile art in several forms.
Participating members took turns manning the room and talking with community residents who dropped in to see the exhibit, which had been advertised through the community newsletter and email notices.
As well as viewing the artwork and purchasing some of what appealed to them, a number of residents took the opportunity to sign up for classes or to become members of the AVA themselves.
Was the exhibit a success? You bet!
Will we do it again? Possibly; the jury’s still out.