The Duncan Banner

September 10, 2013

Guild seeks artists for 6x6 Gala

Nationally-recognized artists get involved

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — For those to whom the gift of creating art comes naturally and those thinking of trying it for the first time, the upcoming 6x6 Canvas Art Celebration and Auction is for you.

This is the second year for the event and last year was a success with about 50 canvases being turned in, said organizers. Few were left unbid on after last year’s gala, which benefits the Duncan Art Guild. The anticipation is to have an even better year at this year’s event which is from 6:06-8:06 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Celebration Frames and Gallery, 1102 W. Oak Ave.

“People will be able to start looking and bidding Monday, Sept. 30,” said Jolene Forbes, vice president of the Guild and co-chairperson for the event. “Final bidding is Oct. 5, where we’ll have a few door prizes, hors d’orves and refreshments.”

One highlight of this year’s gala is the raffle for a 6x6 canvas painted by nationally-recognized artist Gay Faulkenberry, an Oklahoma native. Chances to win Faulkenberry’s work of art is being sold by Guild members and at Celebration Frames.

“Jolene contacted Gay and she was very generous to give her time to do that,” said Cheri Wollenberg, co-chairperson. “It should add a lot of fun to the gala.”

Not only does the Art Guild encourage the community to bid, but also to participate. Two to three 6x6 canvases can be picked up by an artist at Celebration Frames or from Forbes. You do not have to be a Guild member participate.

“There are a few guidelines,” said Wollenberg. “You have to be 18 years or older, canvases have to be brought back and there needs to be a hanger on the back.”

Canvases must be turned back in by Sept. 30, whether decorated or not. Decorated canvases are a donation to the Duncan Art Guild for the gala fundraiser event. For a full listing of guidelines and to pick up canvases, contact Forbes at 580-470-5031.

Artists are encouraged to create whatever kind of art they are called to, whether it be using paint, photos, buttons, silk flowers or almost anything imaginable.

“I was surprised by people’s creativity last year,” said Karen Slagle, Guild member and a participant both years. “I’m trying to decide on what photos to use for mine this year.”

Creating the event was an idea of Wollenberg, who moved here from Northwest Arkansas, where the art community there had a similar fundraiser. The Guild thought it would be a good way to draw in more interest in their group and activities.

“We hope the 6x6 gala will encourage younger artists from the area to participate,” said Wollenberg. “It’s such a wonderful thing and was such a fun thing last year.”

Forbes said, “We want the community to be more aware of the Art Guild and we want to interact with the community.”