"Gimme Sugar" - Gallery Exhibition in the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery

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Most people don't immediately think of art when they think of candy, sweets, and sugar. Yet it is exactly what inspired two local artists from the Stutz Artists Association to collaborate on a show together in August. Gimme Sugar will feature candy-inspired photography and paintings from artists Faith Blackwell and Laura Laforge.

Blackwell picked up a camera more than a decade ago and turned her hobby into her career. Laforge is a self-taught artist who uses her paintings to inspire others to look at life through a lens with brighter colors. Together, their creative collection demonstrates a fascination with candy that results in a rich and vibrant exhibit. The opening reception on Friday, August 7 – along with Stutz Open Studios, is a part of IDADA First Friday.

To "sweeten" the event on Aug. 7 several artists will participate in Open Studios throughout the day and into the evening. Ten artists will open their studios from noon-5 pm, and 18 will be open during the opening reception, 5-9 pm. For a list of participating click here.

Several nonprofits will be on-site during the opening reception, including: Catherine Peachey Foundation, Coburn Place, Dress for Success, and Girls Rock. Suckers will be sold as a fundraiser, with an opportunity for guests to be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate from G. Thrapp Jewelers. Local vendors will also be on-site during the opening reception, including Be the Boutique and Musical DNA.

WHAT: "Gimme Sugar" Opening Reception on First Friday and Open Studios
WHERE: The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110
WHEN: Friday, August 7, 5-9 pm l Exhibition runs August 7-28, Monday-Friday, 11a.m.- 2p.m.
COST: All events are free and open to the public
CONTACT: Leigh Dunnington-Jones, Co-Director of the Gallery, stutzartgallery [at] gmail [dot] com, www.stutzartists.com or (317) 292-3200