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MacCallum More to host Garden Gift Gala

The Lake Country Artisan Guild’s Second Annual Garden Gift Gala at the MacCallum More Museum and Gardens in Chase City will be held from Nov. 2 through 15.

The Gala will be open Sunday’s from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum will be filled with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. These include, but are not limited to:  paintings, wall art, wood turnings, glass, jewelry, wire sculpture, prints, cards, decorative gourds, fiber and knit items.

Artists participating are: Sarah Bolduc, water media, fiber and glass items; J.J. Doyle, paintings and prints; Kim Ferguson, nationally recognized water colorist; Helen Massingill,  wire sculpture;  Jim Mathews,  mixed media;  George Reebles, wood-turned vessels, bowls and ornaments; Karen Steele,  knit and fabric items; Lindie Watkins,  decorative gourds including vessels and masks;  Willard (Moose) Yeats, primitive acrylic paintings. In addition the artists will be taking commission orders. These award-winning artists offer unique and quality items throughout the exhibit space. 

A portion of all sales at the gala go directly to MacCallum More Museum and Gardens assisting with sustainability of the facility. Items are offered at a variety of price points. Cash-and-carry allows visitors to take their items home once paid for when visiting the gala. Artisans will be refilling display areas throughout the event.

“The 2020 Gala overflows with new high quality artistry, Sarah Bolduc, artist and president of Lake Country Artisans Guild, said. “The COVID stay-at-home practices have segued a higher level of exploration and development of fine skills, colorations, and design by our artisans. The wood turnings have inlays of multiple woods, new shapes and forms. The decorator gourds and wire sculpture excite the viewer with charm, whimsy and detail. The two dimension wall art offers multiple mediums including, watercolor, gauche, ink, fiber, oils, acrylics, beads and metal. Both representational paintings as well as abstracts are featured.  We are excited this year to have knit and fabric pieces available also. I am extremely proud of the gala. Our award-winning artists put forth a diverse, fun, high quality exhibition.  There is something for everyone.”

Masks and social distancing are required. Hand sanitizer will be available. Directional signage clearly marks the flow of traffic allowing for six guests to enter the main gallery. As people move to the second gallery space and check out areas, additional people may enter the main gallery. Benches are provided outside should visitors have to wait a few moments prior to entering. Cash or check for payment is encouraged due to non spontaneous Wi-Fi. It is best to enter at the Walker Street entrance to the museum.