By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer
Artists carefully hung, set, arranged and tagged their handcrafted pieces Thursday as they prepared for the Muskogee Art Guild annual judged show and sale.
Soapstone sculptures, vibrant flowers, eerie landscapes and unique mixed-media pieces dotted the floor and walls as artists and organizers prepared for the show.
The show opens Saturday and continues through April 13. It will be in a storefront on the east end of Arrowhead Mall.
Polly Moore, board member and treasurer of MAG, said the show is free and most pieces will be for sale.
The majority of the artists participating in the show are local, she said, some beginners and some with more than 50 years experience in their craft.
“We have over 100 pieces of art for people to look at,” Moore said. “We have such a variety, it’s going to be fantastic. We have a piece that’s coming in today that is acrylic, but the artist gave it texture using crumpled paper towels. We have three-dimensional pieces, including sculptures of wood and soapstone and jewelry. We have oil paintings, water colors, pastel drawings and photography — so we have a really good variety of artwork. Lots of creativity.”
Moore sorted paintings and sculptures Thursday, finding a place for each as she talked about the wide variety of mediums and themes.
It’s all original art, no prints, and prices range where almost any budget can afford something, she said.
The show is also a contest for the artists, with two judges from Tulsa Community College judging the pieces Friday.
“They both have not only experience as far as teaching but also they are artists in and of themselves,” Moore said. “They have a lot of experience in all the different mediums of art we have available at the show.”
MAG is a group of artists whose primary goal is to help people learn the craft of art, Moore said.
The guild also has open studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 315 Court St., as well as classes on the second and fourth Monday of each month. The guild also hosts a youth summer art camp in June, she said.
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