Janet Sanders, Show chairman
We are all very excited about this new opportunity for our Holiday Show! This year we opted for a new spot that is smaller than the old Gus Mayer, but so much more visible that it should increase sales dramatically. The new space is the former Banana Republic, situated street -side. It has an interior entrance from the lower level of the mall, across from Victoria’s Secret, and below the balcony for the food court.
This is a view from the street where all the busy restaurants are located.
Our storefront starts at the far left with the black awning and continues to that inside corner of currently frosted windows. The main entrance to the mall is at the right in this photo. Brio Tuscan Grille is right across the street, as is Cocina Superior. Beyond that are Five Guys and Jason’s Deli. New to the street is Hickory Tavern. These businesses are busy all day long. We will open an hour later than usual, since the
food traffic will drive our business.
The shot below is only one of the rooms. Since the floor is darker and the ceiling lower. we have asked for white cloth to cover your screens. There are many of these niches that were used to hang clothing. Many artists will be displaying again on the familiar 3×6’ wire grid display stands, especially those who have glass framed paintings. There will be plenty of backroom space to store extra paintings to replace what has sold.
This will be the third year that we partner with local charity Hand in Paw. They are very proactive in getting their patrons to visit the show. This organization works central Alabama bringing animal assisted therapy to hospitals, nursing homes, senior resident homes, to people of all ages. Our member Charlotte Wilson is a Hand in Paw volunteer and will be at the show frequently with her therapy dog, as will other therapy pets and their people.
Our Holiday Show is a group effort. Those members who are not showing, but who volunteer hours, may hang a painting to sell and they can replace it if it sells. Volunteering is the best way to get to know the other members and their work. We make sure we have enough staff each day so you can all take turns looking at the artwork and taking breaks.
We welcome member volunteers and exhibitors to come paint any time!