Self-taught Augusta artist Laurie Adams made her first sale - a round mosaic table and matching chair - at the Greater Augusta Arts Council's Wet Paint Party last year, and she gained a new identity.
"Somebody graciously purchased that," said Mrs. Adams, a reference librarian at Gibbs Memorial Library in Evans. "And I thought, 'I'm an artist!'"
This year she is working on a mosaic mirror for the ninth annual Wet Paint Party, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at The Mission, 1157 Broad St.
Sculptor Kathy Girdler Engler, a professional artist for 25 years, is participating in the party for the first time. Mrs. Engler, who uses a lot of paper in her sculptures, is creating a two-dimensional, mixed-media collage for the party.
The collage will include scrapbook mementos that belonged to her late friend Genie Comer, who taught art at Augusta State University. Pieces for the collage could range from a 1938 pencil-and-crayon drawing of a little girl, which Ms. Comer drew on the back of an envelope as a preschooler, to a member's pass to the U.S. House of Representatives, Mrs. Engler said.
Last year, about 30 artists participated in the event. Brenda Durant, the Greater Augusta Arts Council's executive director, is expecting about the same number of artists to exhibit works this year.
The party, which serves as the organization's annual membership campaign, is free for council members, and others can join at the door. A membership for an artist or a teacher costs $25. Families can join for $50.
The yearlong membership enables members to participate in other arts council activities.
At the party, artists will exhibit one or two recent works priced at up to $150 each. The asking price will serve as the opening bid for the pieces, which will be sold at a silent auction during the evening.
The reception is designed to expose the community to the area's local art talent.
In addition to giving artists an opportunity to sell a recent work, the party provides them with a chance to meet fellow artists and arts council members.
A jazz band will perform during the evening. Attendees can sample food from restaurants and caterers such as Bee's Knees, Boll Weevil, Calvert's, Mellow Mushroom, Renaissance Classic Caterers, Silver Palm and Tap Tap.
"It's a variety of art. It's a variety of food," Mrs. Durant said. "And The Mission is offering drink specials."
WHAT: Wet Paint Party
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 12
WHERE: The Mission, 1157 Broad St.
ADMISSION: Free for Greater Augusta Arts Council members; others can join at the door - artist/teacher membership $25; family membership $50