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Brookhaven Regional Arts Guild to host drive-thru show

Brookhaven Regional Arts Guild will host a drive-through art show June 11.

An array of visual art will be set up in the south parking lot on South Railroad Avenue in mid June. The show will be from 6-7 p.m.

“They won’t have to get out of their cars,” BRAG President Janet C. Smith said. “Members can exhibit their work as people drive by.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, BRAG has been unable to gather due to social distancing restrictions. Smith said that’s been hard for the group.

“We really wanted to do something for our members to get reenergized,” Smith said. “People have been isolated. We haven’t been together, so we haven’t been motivated.”

To stay busy, group officers have been coming up with ideas. BRAG has conducted its artist of the month competition online due to COVID-19 and it has received more attention than it usually would. BRAG hopes the drive through art show is a hit as well.

Patrons will enter from one side of the parking lot and drive through to see the art. Artists will be at the event with their pieces set up under tents, with some art available for purchase and artist information available. There is no cost to attend.

Smith said the idea for this event came from vice president Derek C. Smith. If anything, it changes the game for these local artists.

“It give them an opportunity for people to see their art,” Smith said. “They may never go into an art gallery.”

The following artists will have their work on display at the event: Joanna Posey, Janet C. Smith, Sam Barton, Bill Perkins, Gayle Quick, Derek C. Smith and Gwen Furey.

Smith expects more members to sign up for the event, with the deadline not being until June 1.

“I’m hoping we have at least a dozen different artists being featured,” Smith said.

Smith hopes the public will come out and see what local artists are creating.

“Anytime we can be visible in the community is a great thing,” Smith said.

For more information, Brookhaven Regional Arts Guild can be found on Facebook.

 

Story by Gracie Byrne