Trick-or-Treat Downtown Scavenger Hunt October 23 – November 2

Trick-or-Treat Downtown Scavenger Hunt October 23 – November 2

2020 had a few tricks up its sleeves, but Fuquay-Varina’s Downtown Districts will still have some fun treats for you!Ā šŸ‘» Our Friends at Ting are sponsoring a Scavenger Hunt and Virtual Costume Contest October 23rdā€“ November 2!
Here’s how it works:
Ting and Downtown Businesses are bringing their candy and treats to us so bags can be filled for you! Pick up your scavenger hunt cards at the Arts Center (123 E Vance St) M-F 10am-4pm. They will also be open limited hours on Sat, Oct 24th (& 31st if cards still available.) Limited number of cards and bags. Plan accordingly.
Follow the clues to complete the card to be able to collect your bag of treats! You will be able to see the clues from the sidewalk, so everyone can participate at their own comfort level any time during the week. Complete your hunt and pick-up your bags by Nov 2nd.
šŸ’€Virtual Costume Contest: With help from our Friends at Mr. Goodbooth, you’ll be able to enter a Costume Contest to win prizes! We’ll post more info and a link to enter soon!
2020 En Plein Air Auction July 16- July 25

2020 En Plein Air Auction July 16- July 25

Bid on art from this year’s virtual Paint-Off!
AUCTION INFO:
Thursday, July 16th Bidding Begins
Saturday, July 25th Bidding Ends
Own a piece of local art from our Virtual En Plein Air Paint-Off!
Proceeds benefit the non-profit and local artists.
Register to bid using the link below. The bidding will go live on Thursday, July 16th.
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Twenty three artists painted from home this year and created beautiful works of art that represent scenes from around town.

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First Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Jermaine Powell

First Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Jermaine Powell

Presenting the First Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Jermaine Powell ofĀ JP Jermaine Powell Art Brand.

When the pandemic forced theĀ Fuquay-Varina Community LibraryĀ to close, Jermaine and his children missed their frequent visits to get books. As we imagined what the Paint-Off event would look like if artists were unable to paint street scenes in downtown, we thought of other locations around town that would be of interest to an artist to paint at home from a photo we could send. When we sent artists the list of possibilities, Jermaine responded within minutes…excited at the opportunity to paint a spot that means so much to his family. He visited the library with his two youngest volunteers, enjoying books in a different, but very special way that will always be a reminder of the times we were in.

The painting is currently displayed at theĀ Fuquay-Varina Arts CenterĀ for public viewing as part of theĀ En Plein Air Art Walk & Auction – FVDowntown. It will be available to bid on beginning Thursday, July 16th. A public art canvas will be installed on a downtown building and prints available for purchase.

Jermaine is a past Paint-Off participant and painted atĀ Falcon ParkĀ last year. You can purchase prints of the ball game at our Love Local store atĀ www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com

We are forever thankful to Jermaine and the artists that helped us rewrite the story of the 2020 Paint-Off.

 

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Second Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Lyudmila Lucy Tomova

Second Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Lyudmila Lucy Tomova

Presenting the Second Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Lyudmila Lucy Tomova!

“Horses!” “Are there horses at the barn? I would love to paint that! Could I go there and take pictures?” Lyudmila could hardly contain her excitement to be part of the event, much less paint one of her favorite subjects. One of the paintings she submitted to the jury was of several colorful horses. The infamous rescue horses at the Starry Night Barn on James Slaughter Road would become her subjects. Lyudmila connected with the owner and arranged a visit during a riding lesson.

The painting is currently displayed at the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center for public viewing as part of theĀ En Plein Air Art Walk & Auction – FVDowntown. It will be available to bid on beginning Thursday, July 16th. A public art canvas will be installed on a downtown building and prints available for purchase.

Lyudmila is a past winning Paint-Off participant including a patio scene that was selected as one of the downtown banners for theĀ Town of Fuquay-Varina. She recently painted a scene of the mural onĀ Tsuru Sweets & CoffeeĀ and had several firefighters pose with a truck for a painting the year before that. You never know what an artist will be inspired by ; ) Both works will be made into public art canvases and installed. You can purchase prints at our Love Local storeĀ www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.

Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off:Ā Tonia Gebhart

Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off:Ā Tonia Gebhart

Presenting the Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off:Ā Tonia Gebhart – The Barefoot Artist.

In the midst of the stay at home order, Tonia began aĀ host of landscaping projects.Ā Garden HutĀ was her first choice of the locations proposed to artists, noting “it’s my favorite place!” Visiting with artists as they paint in downtown is one of our favorite parts of the event. Watching the blooms come to life as she joined us live on Instagram was a delight.

The painting is currently displayed at theĀ Town of Fuquay-VarinaĀ for public viewing as part of theĀ En Plein Air Art Walk & Auction – FVDowntown. Bidding begins Thursday, July 16th. A public art canvas will be installed on a downtown building and prints will be available for purchase.

Tonia is a past Paint-Off winner. You see her painting of Mack, the FVFD vintage fire truck installed as public art on the side ofĀ Chocolate Fix. A few years ago, she painted a beautiful scene atĀ Flowers on Broad Street. That public art canvas has been retired, but prints of Tonia’s work can be found on our Love Local store atĀ www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com. Ā Nelsa, we can’t wait to have a view of the Garden Hut in downtown!

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