Gainesville Area Visual Arts (GAVA) is hosting its annual fall art show this week at the Santa Fe Depot Museum in downtown Gainesville.
“We had 75 artists submitted and we have 187 entries,” said GAVA President Joe Conner. “And it’s not just the members of GAVA: there are people from Oklahoma; there are people from Carrollton, Plano, Frisco. We attract a lot of people.
Artists of all levels will present works in this year’s exhibition.
“We have a few professional artists, but I think the majority of people entering the exhibition have studied art and then taken a break to focus on another career, or have recently started creating art. art,” Conner said. “I worked with GISD and the high school, and Mr. (DesMontes) Stewart was so supportive of enrolling the kids, and they paid the tuition for all of their students.”
This year’s theme is Beautiful Things.
“We have a guest judge for our awards,” Conner said. “This year, her name is Barbara Mason… and she will be here on Saturday and will take first, second and third prizes in four categories: traditional art, contemporary art, three-dimensional and photography/digital art.
“We also have business awards,” Conner continued. “We started doing it about five years ago. All of our business awards someone comes from the business and judges the show. There’s Lee Russell with Edward Jones giving our Grand Prix award, Jim Goldsworthy State Farm doing our Best in Show award, and T-Mobile, which is new this year, doing our theme award. We have a bunch of other really awesome companies giving out awards.
A total of 14 companies will give out prizes, as well as a people’s choice award that people can vote for online.
A special award is the “Breaking the Mold Deaver Art Award” created in honor of Sylvia and Earl Deaver who helped found GAVA. Their daughters Vera and Danea and their granddaughter Jasmine will select the recipient of this award.
The show’s opening reception and awards show takes place on Saturday from 6-8 p.m., and the show will run through September 25. On weekdays, the show will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on weekends, the show will be open from 11 a.m. at 16 o’clock
“For our opening reception and our awards, Barbara, our judge, will be here, and she will present the GAVA awards, and then any companies that can present their awards,” Conner said. “There will be food from Batters Up…and then we will have libations.”
There is no admission charge for the opening event or other days, but there is a raffle that people can enter for one of four GAVA member artworks . The tickets are one for five dollars or three for ten dollars, and the tickets can go towards one of four coins that the person wants to win. Winners will be announced on September 25, and all ticket sales will benefit GAVA to help it do more programming.