‘And Still We Create’: 50+ art show and sale
The “50+ Artists Community” founder Bobby Craddock is inviting everyone in the Triad to attend the free, three-day 50+ Art Show and Sale on Sept. 27-29 at Bell Campus, 2400 Summit Ave. in Greensboro. The “And Still We Create” show will feature works by over 30 artists ages 50 years young and beyond, as well as paintings, ceramics, metal, mixed-media and fiber art. The opening reception is on Friday evening from 5-9 p.m. with food and wine. Artists showcases are on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Last year, Craddock said he came up with the idea of “The 50+ Project” to connect artists through creative projects. He has been networking and providing information and resources to artists since then, as well as creating an exhibition platform for artists 50 years and beyond.
“What is paramount to me with this show is pulling this all together for this group of artists,” Craddock said. “It’s hard to get into galleries when you don’t have an established name. People in this age group are relevant, and they have ideas to bring to the light. I want to give them a reason to continue to create and to be proud to have their stuff on the wall.” He said they had over 200 people attend the first show’s opening night last September, even during Hurricane Florence. From the two previous shows, over $5,000 of artwork has sold for the participating artists.
This show will include “Giving Trees,” which are bottle tree sculptures made by artist Howard Bemus and sponsored by Hugh’s Metal Works, LLC, to raise funds for the Greensboro chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The 50+ Art Show and Sale sold over $1,000 of these giving trees in the prior two shows. A unique addition to this show features writer and author Jennifer Spallone who will read from her newly published book and provide signed books for sale.
The 50+ Art Show and Sale is also featuring a “show-within-a-show.” A contest encouraged the artists to pay their show fees early to win one whole wall for their solo show, and this year’s winning artist is painter Kim Bower. There will be another “common ground wall” this year with 25 8-inch-by-8-inch original works of art for $50 each. It is an original collaboration between the 50+ Artists group.
Craddock is a painter, fiber artist and jewelry designer who will feature one of his 8-foot-tall paintings in the show. He has a studio at Bell Campus Creative Aging Network- North Carolina that sponsors the space for the 50+ Art Show & Sale and other creative arts programming. Lia Miller is the executive director of CAN-NC. He said the building has three community rooms that they plan to turn into a gallery for the upcoming show.
Craddock said “And Still We Create” is based on the premise that “we’re all human beings first” and that each artist is going through some life changes.
“Life propels us to create, or it stops us in our tracks, but all in all, we continue to create,” he said. “That spirit is in these artists, despite what they are dealing with, they can release fear, anger and beauty. The artwork is an indelible part of everyone.”
The show is sponsored by Penland Frame Shop, Lucky Fish Gallery, Benessere Animal Hospital, Scrambled, Summerfield Roofing Services, 50+ Artists Community, CAN-NC.
Craddock said he came up with “The 50+ Idea” which umbrellas the 50+ Artists Community and the 50+ Art Show and Sale after the need for a 50+ art forum conversation had come up many times.
Craddock hopes the group will collaborate through workshops, think-tanks, informal talks, expos, demos, artistic collaborations and gentle activism through art and artisan events. He said the group also enjoys the “Second-Sunday Potluck Series” with a guest speaker/artist that provides information and fosters friendships and conversations that inspire collaboration.
In the last one and a half years, a diverse group has grown to include over 118 active and inactive emerging and experienced artists.
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
And Still We Create, artists reception: Fri., Sept. 27, 5-9 p.m., Showcase: Sat., Sept. 28, noon-5 p.m., Sun., Sept. 29, noon-5 p.m., Bell Campus (former Bell House), 2400 Summit Ave., Greensboro, Second-Sunday Potluck Series, Oct. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 2400 Summit Ave., Greensboro Contact Bobby Craddock, via email or on Facebook.