SHAPE Gallery seeks community’s help to keep local arts going strong
By AMBER SOUTH
Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education invites the public to ShipWreck Pub Jan. 18 to help it help the arts flourish in Shippensburg.
SHAPE Gallery’s annual silent auction and membership drive will take place 6 to 8 p.m. at the restaurant and bar at the corner of North Fayette and West King streets.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to come out and realize (SHAPE is) an all-volunteer organization that’s dedicated to this community and promoting local artists,” said Trisha Grace, president of SHAPE.
Guests will be able to put in silent bids on a variety of artworks from about a dozen local artists. Styles reflected will include ceramics, painting, photography, jewelry and more.
By donating their works to the auction, the artists help adults and children have access to the arts that the rural community would maybe not otherwise have, Grace said. All proceeds from the auction will help SHAPE continue its mission to provide arts and cultural events, monthly gallery exhibits and the Solstice Art Festival that takes place each June.
Organizers were “shocked” by last year’s take of more than $1,000, and reaching that number again would be substantial for SHAPE, Grace said.
Successful membership promotion would also give SHAPE a good lead on its expenses, for dues account for a significant portion of revenue, Grace said. There are currently about 120 members who are expected to pay dues for the coming year, she added.
“We just love to see new faces,” Grace said. “Students interested in what an art gallery does; general community members who are interested in what we offer, what we do. We hope to sort of raise awareness in the community.”
SHAPE uses much of its revenue to match grants it receives from private foundations and the state to pay for its various programs, Grace said.
SHAPE’s art education makes up a large part of the operating budget, she added. The gallery has featured many children’s programs over its 13 years, and now hopes to shift adult programs into focus.
According to Grace, feedback from new members revealed a desire for adult classes. SHAPE’s current circle of contributors may mean a plethora of potential instructors.
“What’s really great is we have this network of local artists and they’re able to hook us up with their friends,” Grace said.
Friday’s event will feature musical entertainment by Tuckahoe Ridge String Band, a high-energy five-piece string band that plays music ranging from bluegrass to country blues, a news release said. Grace said she thinks the band will help bring in new faces too.
Grace said SHAPE hopes to see families and especially children come to the event. Admission is free.
For more information, call SHAPE at 532-2559 or go to ww.shapeart.org.
Amber South can be reached at email@example.com and 262-4771.