50/50 Art Show set for Friday night
Andrews – Just a week before the annual 50/50 Show to benefit the Andrews Art Museum was set to open, museum Director Tom Vogler had nearly 50 pieces of art piled on a big table waiting to be placed on walls and pedestals.
For the last eight years, he has operated the fundraiser, in which local and regional artists submit work – up to three pieces each this year – that will be sold for $50 each. The museum and the artist split the sale price evenly. The amount the museum keeps typically helps fund an upcoming show.
“I can’t believe I’ve kept it afloat for eight years,” said Vogler, who is quite an accomplished artist in his own right.
This year’s show will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the museum on the second floor of the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center. The show features a variety of artists, from amateurs to professionals, in a variety of mediums.
Returning artists include Juanita Greenspan, Jimmy Murphy, Jake Orr, Joy Stein and Michele Howe. Vogler recommends being on time for the best selection.
“They should probably get there at 5. That’s when Juanita’s piece will sell, right off the bat,” Vogler said. “It’s almost a mad rush.”
He’s excited he was able to get a few new artists in the show, like glass artist Sara Shields and tattoo artist Christopher Blaylock.
In addition to the visual art for sale, the show also features a musical performer and a writer each year. Vogler is eager to hear how local singer/songwriter Troy Underwood uses the acoustics of the nearly century-old building to his advantage.
“I’m looking forward to hearing Troy perform,” Vogler said. “I think he’ll be able to amplify the sound.”
The featured writer is Scott Schultze, who will be selling and signing copies of his book Bioburden, a medical thriller. All profits from the sale of his book during the event will go to Katie’s World, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital’s infusion clinic.
“That’s a very generous, benevolent thing that’s he’s doing,” Vogler said.
Mary White will also be at the show to promote The Swamp Doctor, a book by her father, John Wishon. The book is named after his grandmother, a well-known herbologist in Robbinsville, and is a collection of stories from people in area who impacted his life.
Vogler’s goal in the early years was to have 50 artists, but he learned that was a challenge to accomplish. Today, the show features 50 works. Although the deadline was the end of March, a few artists promised to bring work to Vogler before he started arranging the pieces for the show Tuesday.
The show receives support from the N.C. Arts Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The museum only accepts cash or check for purchases.