The Visual Artists Alliance of LaGrange is gearing up for an art sale which aims to provide residents with affordable art while giving artists the chance to showcase their work without the expense of matting and framing.
The alliance’s April 30 exhibition called “Flash Art” will be at the Artists in Residence Gallery at 300 S. Greenwood St.
It’s a pin-up show and sale that invites area artists to turn out from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and mount their work on the gallery walls with no more than four push-pins. From 6 to 9 p.m., the exhibition is open to community members, who can take the art directly off the walls and to the cash register.
Alliance co-director Marcia Brown said artists can come up with creative ways to display their art as long as they adhere to the four-push-pin rule. Artists who make jewelry can hang their wares on push-pins. Those with pottery or sculpture may pin up a photo of each piece of work, though the pottery or sculpture itself must be on the premises that night so customers can take their treasures home.
“The idea of ‘flash’ comes from the concept of ‘flash mob,’” said alliance co-director Cora Waterhouse. “It calls for having an organized event, but doing it in a quick pre-determined period of time to give a fun twist to it.”
The alliance is composed of 40 area artists, and the bulk of those are expected to have their works on display. Brown, who is chairman of LaGrange College’s art and design department, said about 20 college art students so far have expressed excitement about participating in the Flash Art exhibition as well.
Members of the alliance may submit up to three pieces for free, while nonmembers will be charged $1 per entry. Pieces must be no larger than 18 by 24 inches. The alliance will provide sticky notes for the artists to label and price their works.
At 9 p.m., the exhibit closes, and artists then can take down their works. They also can remove their works on May 1 from noon to 3 p.m., but after that, the “flash is trash,” Waterhouse said.
“Our theme for the exhibit is ‘Crazy, Fun, Done!’” she said. “The idea is for the event, from hanging to removing the art, to take place as fast as possible.”
— For information, contact Waterhouse at email@example.com or coraspondence@ gmail.com.
Natalie Shelton can be reached at nshelton@ lagrangenews.com or (706) 884-7311, Ext. 229.