Written by McKenzie Gritton
By any measure, Art for All 6 was a fabulous success!
More than 40 vendors set up shop on Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21, at the beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center to visit with the cultural community and offer their spectacular, original artwork for sale, affordably priced from $25-$250—in other words: art for all.
All attendees felt the buzz of community spirit that filled the historic, iconic, 128-year-old church and the huge, heated courtyard tent. The perennially popular art show featured paintings, sculpture, pottery, wood, glass, metal, jewelry, photography, and tote bags with vegetable puns that everyone is still laughing about.
“People are overwhelmed with the world we live in, and art is my outlet,” says hairdresser-turned-artist Marlene Guillot, who spoke emotionally about how the people in her life, throughout her life, have been her inspiration. Guillot works with pastels and acrylics to paint her interpretations of people and the abstract. She shares a passion for community and for women supporting women, a theme that is evident in her paintings.
The community supporting their local artists and the artists supporting their local community is what this fabulous event is all about, and that exchange was exhibited beautifully by first-time vendor David Sutton of Suto Art. This was Sutton’s very first time presenting his abstract paintings to the public (other than to his family). This former landscape architect and golf course designer took the center of the BAC stage and his color paintings were a wonderful hit with the crowd. “Young people loved them,” Sutton said.
“I chose a medium that allows me to play around,” said Candy Pegram about her bright, colorful paintings of pop culture memories, toys, cartoons, and other recognizable characters. “It’s always a surprise as to what people will end up picking, my own personal sociology experiment. I’ll think I have them pegged and then they pick up something I least expected.” Her art makes you feel good, period. One can easily imagine looking up at a Pegram piece you’d purchased and smiling, remembering the first time you saw it, how it made you feel then, and how it continues to bring you happiness now.
As the crowd kept coming, many were lucky enough to win an original piece of art, donated by the artists, in the BAC raffle. Artists June Druchunas of The Victorian Magpie donated a beautiful timeless necklace, Shawn Swanson donated one his magnificent, handcrafted, wooden pens, Aaron Collier donated a one-of-a-kind, wood-carved cut-out of a dove, and painter Dennis Schaefer provided one of his beautiful prints.
In true BAC fashion, Art for All 6 was more than an art show; it was an event. Catch the Food Truck served the masses fresh fish tacos and crab cake sliders on Saturday, and T’geaux Boys food truck offered their homegrown, southern-style cuisine on Sunday. In the courtyard, Lativa Coffee Company kept everyone caffeinated while satisfying the general sweet tooth of all involved.
Art for All 6 was a fantastic, awesome, and fun time for the Wilmington art community. Gratitude is due to all those that came and supported their local artists, and to the artists, who shared their work over a beautiful weekend in Brooklyn.