Warwick Arts Council to showcase local artists during 29th annual Art Show and Sale

  • A 24-by-30-inch oil painting by Mari Rovang titled “Santorini Hillside” will be featured at this year’s Warwick Arts Council Art Show and Sale. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • From professional, highly trained artists to amateur, occasional dabblers, participants can submit up to three art pieces for display in the Warwick Town Hall for the Warwick Arts Council Art Show and Sale. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/TOM WYATT

Staff Writer
Published: 10/9/2019 6:36:29 PM

WARWICK — Artists from around the county will converge as Warwick Town Hall turns into a collaborative art gallery for the 29th annual Warwick Arts Council Art Show and Sale.

“You never know what’s going to be there,” said Arts Council Chair Tom Wyatt. “That’s part of the fun. People get to find out about the art their neighbors are making that they might not have known about.”

The annual event will be held Oct. 11 through Oct. 14 at Warwick Town Hall. The show has no admission charge and will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the rest of the weekend and Monday.

From professional, highly-trained artists to amateur, occasional dabblers, participants can submit up to three art pieces for display. Area residents of all ages are encouraged to display their creations together in a creative convergence.

“It’s a large collective, community thing,” Wyatt said. “Up to 25 people participate every year and there is a huge variety of media.”

According to Wyatt, there are community members who “come out of the woodwork” every year to display for the first time. A variety of media are displayed including paintings, photographs, ceramics, quilts, literature, puppetry, furniture, jewelry, drawings, fiber art, wood carving, sculpture and more.

The “Meet The Artists” reception will be held on Friday Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Usually up to 70 people attend the reception, Wyatt said.

Participating artists are encouraged to drop off their art for display on Thursday, Oct. 10, between 5 and 7 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Town Hall. Wyatt said the Arts Council cannot guarantee hanging space for artwork arriving after 3 p.m. Friday.

The Arts Council requests that all pieces are ready to hang, either on wire or hooks. Artists who have cards, matted prints or small artworks may submit them in addition to their three pieces.

Friends and family may submit for others who are unable to in person — in the past, residents have even submitted work by deceased relatives, which Wyatt said gives a sense of the people who have been there before. The pick-up time for art pieces after the show is Monday, Oct. 14, after 3 p.m.

While there is no submission fee for the show, the Warwick Arts Council asks that artists lend a hand with the show. Tasks include: staffing the Town Hall during show times, setting up the show ahead of time and breaking down the show after it closes.

This event is sponsored by the Warwick Arts Council, an organization that has sponsored art and cultural programs and events in the town of Warwick for over 29 years. Other programs the arts council has put on include; Blues Nights, Concerts – from Jazz to Classical to Jug Band, Film showings, Theater Performances, Beatnik coffeehouses, narrative poetry evenings, and much more.

For any questions or regarding special arrangements, call or email Tom Wyatt at 413-768-8641 or tomwyattphoto@gmail.com.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.




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