8×10 on 8/10 Smashes Records

The Art Associates of The Kelly have really stepped up, offering a range of truly delightful art for sale. To stir up the doldrums of the summer, they decided to hold a special sale of 8″x10″ paintings for $81 and some smaller prints and objets d’art for $18. Customers were apparently thrilled because The Kelly took in nearly $2000 that day, largely due to the popularity of Donna Pate’s art. However, customers were lined up at the door that morning and also “fighting” over Linda’s Lee’s canvas (no names given of the contenders!) Most of the artists sold something, and several paintings were bought from the exhibit rather than from the sale. Lots of excitement!

Donna Pate’s painting in progress

Because it was such a success, Curator Jennifer says we are now considering a 4″x 6″ sale in April. However, there is plenty of time between now and Christmas to find special buys, and there’ll be vendor booths outside during the big Wildlife Arts Festival on November 5.

Carol Hickman on Studio Day

The Kelly now has about 35 Art Associates, who are beginning to get more organized. The Kelly hosts “Studio Day” every fourth Monday and now, thanks to popular demand, also every second Tuesday as part of the Artist Associates program.   Between 11a.m. and 3 a.m., the artists come and go, staying to paint or chat. We had our first speaker to the group this past week, along with snacks and sangria sponsored by Christensen Creations. Well-known Alabama art teacher and member, Joanne Staley, gave tips on painting faces. The group tried her method and were pleased to find it very helpful. There’s a growing camaraderie among our own Kelly artists. You are welcome to join the group–no jurying!

Joanne Staley instructs Art Associates