By Reann Huber
The first annual Great Wall of Madison put on by the Madison Artists Guild was a success and an enjoyable experience for everyone in the community to view the creativity of Madison artists.
A total of 186 canvases were sent back to MAG to create the “great art wall” that was displayed at Icehouse Creative for all the guests to see the wide variety of art created by the Madison community.
“Our goal was to inspire the community to be creative and have fun doing it,” Lori Williams, event coordinator, said. “The participants included school kids, professionals, first timers, church members, neighbors, business people, and our Guild members.”
With all of these different people contributing to the wall, there was a very diverse art that was sent to MAG to let the community showcase their own creative style.
There was around 150 people who attended the event and Williams said there were plenty of great remarks from guests and those who participated as well, saying how creative Madison residents are and how easy it can be to become an artist.
“This is the first painting I’ve ever done, and now I want to do more,” said one participant.
Judges also surprised the participants with a variety of awards including, best drawing, most inspirational, most Madison, best use of orange, and most creative use of materials to name a few.
Due to the great turnout of the event, MAG was able to raise almost $4,000 and will continue to sell the remaining paintings to the community for $40 each and can be viewed at the MAG Gallery.
“The Great Art Wall of Madison will definitely be back next spring,” said Williams. “We expect the participation to be even greater next year.”
Other MAG events that residents can look forward to is the third annual MAGDrag that will take place Aug. 13 at the James Madison Inn Conference Center.