By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
The Madison Artists Guild (MAG) held a silent auction on Saturday, July 26 to celebrate its one-year anniversary in its present location at 217 West Jefferson Street. The MAG auctioned off various artwork created by local artists to bidding attendants. The MAG put up 15 pieces of artwork for sale donated by local and regional artists, said Dottie Kurtz, secretary for the MAG. The MAG currently displays the work of 25 local and regional artists. Kurtz noted that the MAG’s new location provides much more space to display a larger collection of art. “It’s five to six times bigger than the older space,” said Kurtz.
The amount raised from the event have not been released, but any money raised will be used to fun and promote the programs the MAG offers to the community, said Kurtz. “We had a booth at the Firefly Festival, we sponsored a week-long summer camp, and around the holidays we do an annual Gingerbread Workshop class,” said Kurtz. “We sponsor shows at the Steffen Thomas Museum, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, the Plaza Art Center in Eatonton, and we offer adult art classes.” Kurtz was excited to announce the MAG’s latest fundraiser event on Aug. 22, 7 p.m. at the James Madison Conference Center: The MAG Drag Show.
The event will feature about 10 community members competing in an all-male beauty contest. “We are really excited about this event,” said Kurtz. “It’s going to be a really fun event that will feature many well-known Madison men, competing in an evening gown, lingerie and talent contest.” “It’s very imaginative,” said Jack Meyer, marketing director for the MAG. Tickets are $35 for adults. If you are under 18, tickets are $15. There will be wine and food available at the event. “We are dedicated to the education in and encouragement of artistic endeavor in our members and the community through planned programs and regular gatherings,” said Kurtz.