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Published on August 20, 2015

Art Guild of Orange Park hosts opening reception

By Clay Today staff

Park Avenue Bistro on U.S. Highway 17 on Fleming Island will transform into an art gallery of sorts on Aug. 24 from 5-7 p.m.

Members of the Art Guild of Orange Park have teamed up with St Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County to host a joint fundraiser Guild members have been working with St Vincent’s on its upcoming "Corks & Forks" charity benefit to be held in October at Club Continental. As a prelude to that event, the Guild will be showing off the many fine art masks members have produced for benefit attendees. 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, said member Leslie Kruzicki, former Guild president. "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," she said.

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 http://corksandforksclay. com. All proceeds from the sale of the masks will go to help fund the expansion of St Vincent’s Clay County.

Tony Walsh, founding executive director of the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, hovers over different masks made by members of the Art Guild of Orange Park for the upcoming Corks and Forks fundraising event for St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County.

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