High school's creatively-crafted art gala

Mark your calendar for next Saturday. Thanks to the 36th Annual Unionville Art Gala, you no longer have to travel outside Chester County to purchase fine arts and crafts for yourself - or others. An added bonus is that proceeds support a worthy cause: educational programs at Unionville High School.

This year’s extravaganza will be held Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Unionville High, which will feature a decoratively transformed entranceway to the show, courtesy of the design team from Terrain at Styers. Other creative transformations will occur in human form. Two Unionville students - who will be selected by drawing for this coveted experience - will be turned into head-to-toe “walking works of art” by stylists from the Nicholas Anthony Salon and Day Spa in the Willowdale shopping center.

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The crowds, the creativity, and the attractions continue to expand at the annual art gala.

The remainder of the creativity will spring from a thousand works of  art from more than 85 local, professional artists - as well as artwork by talented Unionville and West Chester University students. A mixed media event, the show’s offerings will include painting, sculpture, clay, metal, and glass, as well at photography and jewelry. The show’s featured artist, Jeremy McGirl, an oil painter who trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, will be doing live charcoal renderings of gala visitors all day.

“All of the artwork is local, but we try to emphasize artists that are experimenting, trying new things and have a strong voice,” said Lele Galer, one of the organizers. “It is a lot of fun, lots of energy.”

Galer said 40 of the professional artists are exhibiting at the gala for the first time, and 40 works of art will be available for bidding at the gala’s silent auction. Student groups will be selling a variety of refreshments, and box lunches from Catherine's restaurant in Unionville will be available for purchase.