Tyler, tx — There’s an air of mystery surrounding Gallery Main Street in downtown Tyler these days.
Last Saturday, the windows of the gallery at 110 W. Erwin were covered in newspaper to keep the public from seeing the hanging of the new 6x6@110 fundraiser exhibit, which will open Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.
A gala opening party will usher in the exhibit in which more than 500 6”x6” works of original art will be for sale for $20 each, with all proceeds going to arts development in downtown Tyler.
Since May, gallery staff have been distributing hundreds of blank 6”x6” canvases to artists, celebrities and supporters from throughout the area, Texas, the nation, and even Nepal. The canvas recipients have applied their art – whether oil, acrylic, photography, textiles, collage, pencil, sculpture or jewelry-making – and have returned them, completed, to the gallery.
The key is that artists were asked not to sign their canvas. The purchaser will only know who has painted their work after the purchase is made.
“The art may be by Dana Adams, Dana Cargile, Mayor Barbara Bass, Terry Miller, Mark Scirto or one of several hundred other artists,” said Beverly Abell, department leader for the City of Tyler Main Street Department, which manages the gallery.
Around 6 p.m. on Thursday, gallery staff will remove the paper covering the windows and will welcome visitors to the opening party. Radio talk show host Terry Miller will act as Master of Ceremonies, and musician Taylor Heard will provide entertainment. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available.
Attendees will have the chance to mingle and view the art for around 45 minutes. Then, Miller will begin the festivities with a few live auctions, including the sale of 6”x6” pieces by artists A.C. Gentry and Dana Adams. Two jewelry pieces by artist Tom Stringfellow will also be auctioned.
Next, Miller will auction off the first three chances to purchase art. Separately, each winner will receive a sheet of stickers and have one minute to run around the gallery and place a sticker on the pieces of art they want to buy.
Once those auctions are closed, the exhibit will be open to the public for purchasing. All purchases may be taken immediately, Abell said. “We’re going to replace the piece of art with a photo of the purchaser with their new work of art,” she added.
All proceeds of 6x6@110 will go to benefit the arts development work of the City of Tyler Main Street Department, which, in cooperation with the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition and Heart of Tyler, oversees gallery exhibits every six weeks, quarterly ArtWalks, artist workshops and more. A supporting grant from AT&T funded purchase of canvases and other materials.
The party is open to the public. A donation of $5 per person is requested but not required. Those who would like to RSVP are encouraged to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (903) 593-6905.
The exhibit will continue at the gallery through Sept. 24, including the Sept. 22 ArtWalk.
“But I wouldn’t wait that long,” Abell said. “Curiosity about this exhibit is keen, and I think a lot of pieces will be snapped up quickly.”
Those interested in more information should contact the gallery at email@example.com or call (903) 593-6905.