Art suited for a Gala event
by Laura Nation-Atchison
Feb 09, 2014 | 1863 views |  0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left are Callie's Kids Director Kelly Hubbard, Antique Talladega Gala Committee Chair Boyd McGehee and Gala Art Chairman Tommy Morehead with some of the paintings contributed by the Callie's Kids organization for the Gala Art Auction.
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From left are Callie's Kids Director Kelly Hubbard, Antique Talladega Gala Committee Chair Boyd McGehee and Gala Art Chairman Tommy Morehead with some of the paintings contributed by the Callie's Kids organization for the Gala Art Auction.
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There’s a study of the legacy of Georgia O’Keefe, done in perfect detail on a canvas of impressive size.

It tackles the juxtaposition of life versus death, the cycle of life as we know it and the beauty and creation of it all.

Another piece shows the sheer beauty of a batch of flowering plants placed inside a vase, a simple act so many enjoy of taking nature’s gifts inside to share.

And for those who favor the peaceful joy the ocean can offer, there’s a painting to reflect those moments to keep close by even when the seashore is not.

These are just a few of the creations that this year’s Mardi Gras Gala and Art Auction will bring to you, the paintings, the pottery and sculpture and other fine art brought together for a collection of offerings that will raise funding for Talladega’s Antique Talladega.

Artist Tommy Moorehead heads up the Mardi Gras Art Committee once again, and has called on artists from throughout the region as well as from right here at home to put forth their talents for the non-profit arts organization.

This year’s Mardi Gras celebration comes to town Saturday, March 1, and when the doors open at Talladega Superspeedway’s Speedvision Dome, you can count on an array of art from dozens of talented hands.

Moorehead said that already, there are at least 40 artists lined up who have committed themselves to the event that supports the arts in the community, doing what they know and do best to benefit Antique Talladega and its Ritz Theatre.

In addition, this summer, student assistants who helped out with Art Camp for another local arts non-profit, Callie’s Kids, and under Moorehead’s direction, contribute their work to the Mardi Gras collection, too.

Callie’s Kids is housed at the brand new arts center on Eastaboga Road named “Peace ‘a Work,” where director Kelly Hubbard and her volunteers are all about this year’s Mardi Gras event.

“We are so glad to have these pieces of art made by our young artists along with Tommy’s expert direction that will be available for those who support Antique Talladega and the Mardi Gras Gala,” she said.

Hubbard and other members of the family of the late Callie Wright, who was a native of Talladega County attending law school and an artist and active supporter of the arts, founded Callie’s Kids in Wright’s memory to establish a way to enable the arts to reach young people as Wright had done through her work with Morehead and Arts Camp.

Wright died in a car accident Aug. 21, 2009, and the organization named for her is continuing its mission of providing arts opportunities through its operations.

As always for the Mardi Gras Art Auction, there will be live and silent auctions taking place, Moorehead said.

Pieces for the silent auction will be showcased for bidders inside the Speedvision Dome upon their arrival and the live auction pieces will be presented during a special segment of the evening.

Also, there will be a Live Art Experience area where those who attend the Gala will also have the opportunity to observe as volunteer artists create pieces for the event on site, Moorehead said.

“This has been an exciting addition for our art opportunities at the Gala,” he said.

Moorehead said he expects the artists to produce some very memorable pieces, including paintings that capture the personalities of current or past performers and personalities in the arts.

The doors open for the Gala at 6 p.m. and the evening includes an outstanding display of dining buffets catered by Classic on Noble, the extra energy dance band Simply Tayo of Atlanta, and plenty of other fun.

There’s a Mardi Gras Parade the morning of the Gala, too, and entries of all kinds are welcome, from bringing along pets for the festivities, dressing up in Mardi Gras mode and joining in on foot or creating a float for the parade through town.

Tickets for the 2014 Mardi Gras are $90 each, and may be ordered by calling the Antique Talladega offices at 256-315-0000 or visiting the web site talladegamardigras.com.