On the catwalk

Art takes a turn in Fine Arts Blount fund-raiser

Fine art meets high fashion as Fine Arts Blount hosts the second annual Art on the Runway fashion show and hand-painted umbrella auction on Thursday, April 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Maryville.

The evening includes an auction of original hand-painted umbrellas from some of Blount County’s artists including Gloria Nelson, Lyda Plemons, Kim Slater, Vita Marie Lovett, Pam Broockman and Bruce Busey, to name a few. David Alley of Alley Auction Company will volunteer his auctioneer skills for the evening. “He does such a wonderful job. He makes it very lively,” said Kim Slater, fund-raising chair for FAB.

The evening also includes fashions provided by the Silk Purse and owner, Judy Gardner, who is back for her second year as mistress of ceremonies.

“Last year, it was such a different and unique show,” Gardner said. “The artwork was just wonderful, the food was fabulous. It was very different from anything I’d done before. It was just a blast.”

Gardner will also provide attendees with a private shopping experience including clothes and accessories from the Silk Purse. Gardner provided a glimpse into what attendees can expect.

“The fashion show is a little bit different in that we will try to give you hints for color and dressing for your figure. Dressing in a way that will flatter you the most.”

Gardner said she’ll also be bringing one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry and very unusual handbags, as well as jackets, tops, belts and scarves. “Anything you can think of,” she said.

Slater said this is the most detailed fund-raiser Fine Arts Blount plans, and they use the proceeds to fund ongoing art activities in the community, the members’ art show and Art in the Park in August.

“We also will have a children’s art show at some point,” she said.

Last year’s event was very successful according to Slater. “Even before the event was over, we had people asking when we’d do it again. We’re keeping the same format but are tweaking a few things. We’ve added some nice door prizes this year,” she said.

Some of the door prizes available are a $250 shopping spree to Boyd Thomas Clothing, a $100 gift card to Bristol and Bragg Jewelers, a purse from Razberries, assorted gift baskets from Creekside Fine Wine and Spirits, a free photo restoration and an 8x10 from K and M Gallery and a facial from Natural Approach. Slater also said one of the big changes this year is they have added the ability to take credit cards, as well as cash and checks.

The evening wouldn’t be complete without wonderful food. “Last year we had several people ask who catered. Our members are such wonderful cooks; we’re just doing it again. Everyone has their own special thing. Trust me, people will not leave hungry,” Slater said. They will also have wine, water and tea available.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door on the night of the event or at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, the Blount Today office or from any Fine Arts Blount member. St. Andrews Episcopal Church is located at 314 West Broadway in Maryville. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 865-982-0898 or visit www.fineartsblount.com.

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