A celebration of art that helps education
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By John Chambless
For almost 40 years, the Unionville Art Gala has benefited from being in the midst of one of the largest populations of artists on the East Coast. On Nov. 7 and 8, area art lovers can again see a cross-section of original art at the 39th annual gala.
More than 50 regional artists will be exhibiting original paintings, jewelry, photographs, sculptures, fabric arts and more. This year's featured artist is West Chester metal sculptor Karen Delaney, who will have a spotlighted exhibit of her works. Adding to the attractions are UHS alumni and current students, who will also be showing their works.
The Art Gala is run by a team of volunteer parents and students who turn the large main hallway of the art wing at the high school into a gallery for one weekend, attracting eager crowds of buyers. The chair of the gala this year is Lynda Nadin, who said between 500 and 1,000 visitors are expected. "The Art Gala is a longstanding tradition at the school, and it serves as a reinforced support of the art at the school and in this community," Nadin said. "Being a PTO fundraiser is a great way for art to give back to the school."
Shoppers and browsers can get there early, on Nov. 7 at 3 p.m., when the doors open. Artists will meet visitors during a reception that begins at 6 p.m., with live music by Skip Barthold and Friends, along with an array of hors d'oeuvres from local eateries. This year, foods will be donated by Catherine's Restaurant, Sovano Bistro, The Farmhouse, Floga Restaurant, Red Sombrero, Not Your Average Joe's, Nourish Juice Cafe, Brandywine Prime, Northbrook Marketplace and others.
A silent auction of selected works begins Friday and ends Saturday at 2 p.m.
Funds raised by the show and sale go toward educational projects and programs at the high school Thirty percent of all sales are donated to the event.
Show hours are Nov. 7 from 3 to 9 p.m., and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For updated information, visit http://uhs.ucfsd.org/artgala.html.
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