Regional artists in the spotlight at Unionville Art Gala
● By J. Chambless
‘Brandywine Storm,’ by featured artist Diane Cannon.
Regional art collectors know that the Unionville High
School Art Gala is a chance to see some of the region’s best original artwork,
all in one place. The longtime highlight will mark its 44th year on
Nov. 15 and 16.
Every year, the Art Gala includes a variety of artists -- both new and more established individuals. Approximately 70 participating artists will exhibit paintings, photography, glass, metal, pastels, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, mosaics and wood.
This year’s featured artist is Diane Cannon, whose work is inspired by nature and spans watercolor, collage and mixed media. She has been a frequent award winner in juried shows. Cannon has served as president of the Studio Group, Inc., in Wilmington, Del., and she studies, paints and exhibits at the Howard Pyle Studio in Wilmington.
The Art Gala includes a student art section which highlights the works of young artists in the high school’s art department. In addition to approximately 175 student artists, two students who demonstrate distinct talents are selected as Featured Student Artists each year.
A silent auction is offered each year, with artwork donated by the artists in the show, as well as regional activities and outings. The auction runs both Friday and Saturday and closes one hour before show end, at 3 p.m. on Nov. 16. You do not need to be present to win.
The Art Gala begins Friday, Nov. 15 6 to 9 p.m., and Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unionville High School (750 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square).
Friday evening includes appetizers from local restaurants, as well as live music. Funds raised from the event contribute to educational enrichment projects at the school. Admission is free. Thirty percent of all purchases benefit the Unionville High School PTO. Visit www.unionvilleartgala.com for more information.