Art show supports artists, Central Missouri Food Bank
COLUMBIA – From showcasing hand-carved wooden canes to hosting a silent auction for a local food bank, the annual art show Fall into Art is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend.
“Ten years is a really big deal,” Fall into Art committee member Kay Foley said. “This show started with something like 15 artists.”
This year, Fall into Art features 57 artists, live music and its signature silent auction.
The silent auction features donated pieces from participating artists in the show. All proceeds directly support The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Last year, Fall into Art raised nearly $3,400 for the food bank through the auction and donations.
“For me personally, that hunger is a really big issue that we all need to address, and so with the food bank, they do that every day and so that’s why we wanted to support them,” Foley said.
In a letter sent to Fall into Art after last year’s show, Lindsay Lopez, the food bank's executive director, said the efforts raised through the event each year go directly toward helping feed more than 100,000 people who rely on them each month.
Foley said no artist participating in the show is required to donate work for the silent auction. But she said almost all of the artists willingly contribute.
“A lot of artists don’t make great incomes themselves, and I think they just have empathy for that cause,” Foley said. “And we don’t push or pressure anyone to donate—a lot of them just want to do that.”
Nadine King, owner of Hand & Spirit Jewelry, said she participated in the silent auction both years she has attended because of the importance of helping others.
“It’s important for us to give back, so we need to help out when we can.” King said. “By just donating a piece, if that helps, that’s a good thing.”
Foley even said multiple artists find the silent auction the highlight of the show. She said Bill McKenney of Bills Retro Robots donated four mixed media 3D pieces this year.
“It feels terrific. It’s a gift really for us to be able to do that because it’s something we really care about,” Foley said.
Located in the Plaza Event Center at Parkade, the show will be open Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.