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Published on August 19, 2015

Art Guild of Orange Park readies for 'Corks & Forks' charity benefit

By Clay Sun staff

Corks and Forks logoThe Art Guild of Orange Park will be holding an Opening Reception for a special art show at Park Avenue Bistro in Fleming Island on Aug. 24.

The Guild has been working with the St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Clay County on their “Corks & Forks” charity benefit to be held in October at Club Continental. As a prelude to that event, the Guild will be showing the many fine art masks that they have produced for the attendees of the benefit. The members of the Guild made more than 100 one-of-a-kind masks.

“The diverse styles, and variety of materials used for these creations is staggering,” the Guild said in a news release. “There are beautiful, chic, fun, vampish, cute, powerful, punky, manly and indescribable ones. It has long been obvious that the Art Guild of Orange Park’s artists are masters at using anything as a canvas. They have painted on ceramic tiles for the home, bowls for the table, and violin blanks. Once again they have masterfully executed some ingenious ideas using the blank masks as a canvas. It is obvious that hours of work were put into these, not to mention tons of creativity.”

The masks range in price from $20 to $200. There will be at least 80 on display at the Park Avenue Bistro for this show.

The show was juried and judged by Tony Walsh, founding director of the Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts. Though masks will not initially be for sale to the general public, they will be available for purchase by Corks & Forks ticket holders, online at the Corks and Forks Clay website (corksandforksclay.com).

All proceeds from the sale of the masks will go to help fund the expansion of St. Vincent’s Clay County Medical Center.

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