Carolyn R. Wilson | For Washington County News
ABINGDON, Va. — One of the community’s most beloved arts events is expected to draw more than a hundred guests on February 16, when the Abingdon Arts Depot hosts its annual “Art from the Heart” event.
Nearly a hundred local and regional artists are participating in the 2022 Art Sale which will feature original artwork on canvas and 6-by-6-inch boards for just $36 each.
Up to 100 works by artists will represent a variety of mediums, including acrylic, oil and watercolor, clay and weaves.
The art sale began in 2013 as a major fundraiser for Abingdon Arts Depot, a non-profit community art gallery whose mission is to promote and support regional artists and provide educational opportunities to the community.
According to Karen Moore, arts administrator for Arts Depot, the fundraiser typically brings in around $3,000 a year. This year’s proceeds will be used for new initiatives and upcoming programs at the art gallery.
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“People come in droves for this sale. It’s more like a community gathering,” Moore said. “That’s one of the attractions of this event. You can get quality artwork at an affordable price.
Due to precautions with COVID-19, the art event will be held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center where social distancing can be practiced.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., during which time guests can view a preview of the art and decide which works they wish to purchase. The unveiling of the work is at 6 p.m. sharp. The sale ends at 8 p.m.
Previews of the work can also be viewed daily on the Abingdon Arts Depot Facebook page, as well as in the Founder’s Gallery at 314 Depot Square.
“It’s amazing what happened this year from the artists. The talent in this area is inspiring,” Moore said.
She explained that weeks before the event, local and regional artists are provided with canvases for their works. Donating their skills, the artists return their works to the gallery for sale. Many artists donate more than one 6 x 6 inch artwork.
Some favorites include a painting by Abingdon resident Richard Graves of a woman with a thought bubble containing a heart. “She seems to be thinking of something very special,” Moore said.
For this year’s sale, Rita Nabors of Abingdon painted a black bear staring at a bee on its nose as honey dripped from its mouth.
Like a fun game
The “Art from the Heart” sale works a bit like a fun game, giving everyone a fair chance to buy the artwork.
“People are jostling and jostling to try and find the artwork they want,” Moore said. “They hope to discover the works of their favorite artist or perhaps discover a new favorite.”
Customers are welcome to visit www.eventbrite.com to receive ticket numbers that will determine their places in line during the sale.
During the sale, buyers can only buy two works of art, but must browse the line again in order to purchase additional 6-inch by 6-inch works.
“The event is so much fun,” she said. “This year you can enjoy a glass of cider from Tumbling Creek Cider Co. while viewing a preview of the artwork and visiting friends.”
Tumbling Creek Cider Co. will provide a cash bar and Greeko’s Grill & Café will provide light appetizers during the event.
Check out Abingdon Arts Depot on Facebook.
Abingdon Olive Oil Co. is a sponsor of this year’s event.
Carolyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer in Glade Spring, Virginia. Contact her at [email protected]