This year’s Gala hosted by the Visual Arts Society at Jacksonville State University will be in a different venue from previous galas, but Gale Brodie, Hammond Hall Gallery coordinator, promised the experience and tasteful artwork will be just the same.
“It will be more of a social function with a party on the patio and a silent art auction,” she said.
Held at the Victoria Inn on Quintard Avenue from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, guests will have the chance to bid on artwork and pieces such as paintings, mosaic tile, hand-blown glass, jewelry, ceramics, collages and charcoal drawings from local artists. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served promptly at 6:30, and the Manabu Saeki band will play jazz music on the deck.
The proceeds of the auction will benefit the Jacksonville State art department and provide scholarships for art students at JSU. With the purchase of a ticket, guests can also obtain reduced membership in the Visual Arts Society.
“Members that join the Visual Arts Society get to go with us on different excursions, and there’s an open exhibition and reception for members who are artists in June of this year,” Brodie said.
Ticket prices for society members are $30 for a single and $50 for couples. For non-members, single tickets are $35 and couple tickets are $60. To make reservations or receive more information, call 256-782-5626.
Another great way to support the arts is at Cleburne County Middle School’s art show and fundraiser from 3-5 p.m. May 15. The event will be at the library and will feature original artwork from the students in a multi-handicap class at the school.
“We have recycled art projects, painted tile, Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers pieces, Christian art and nature scenes, all hand-painted by the students,” said Christie Ayers, the special education teacher. The students have worked on these original art pieces since January.
The pieces start as low as $10 and will help to buy additional classroom items and sensory integration tools specific to what the class needs.
“Having these things are very important, especially for our autistic students who have sensory disorders. We use these tools for calming and improving motor skills,” Ayers said. “The students are very proud to present their work and feel very successful with what they’ve achieved.”
For more information, contact Christie Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-463-2405.
Visual Arts Society Gala
When: May 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Victoria Inn, 1600 Quintard Ave., Anniston
Cost: $30 for a single and $50 for couples for members. For non-members, single tickets are $35 and couple tickets are $60.
Contact: To make reservations or receive more information, call 256-782-5626.
Cleburne County Art Sale
When: May 15, 3-5 p.m.
Where: Cleburne County Middle School library