“The artists market is a remarkable experience, because we have over 350 participating artists that bring their work to our school,” said Kimberly Lusink, event chairwoman.
While the artwork is available for purchase, the market itself is free and open to the public.
“We have lots of returning artists — big sellers that we have back year after year,” Lusink said. “Customers that come in really enjoy … seeing some of those familiar artists that they can count on every year, and they can’t wait to see their new stuff that comes in. A lot of these artists every year paint items specifically for Spotlight, so you can’t see it anywhere else.”
In addition, the parent volunteers who organize the event try to make sure 20 to 30 percent of the artists each year are new, she said. During the six days, different pieces of art will rotate through the market.
“Someone coming to shop can find anything from personalized notecards and whimsical [art] to [Steve] Penley pieces of contemporary art,” Lusink said. “There’s something for everybody in this gallery.”
Other types of art featured include realism, impressionism, folk, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, home and garden and children’s art.
Two highlights of the artists market are the opening-night celebration Monday and the Canvas and Cocktails night Feb. 7, both from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees can meet featured artists while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Trinity spokeswoman Alice Trahant said the proceeds from Spotlight on Art will go to school’s operating budget to fund priorities like financial aid or continuing education for teachers.
“I think [attendees] come to Spotlight either to support Trinity itself or because [they’re] art lovers or a combination of both,” she said.
A portion of the event proceeds will also go to Let’s Cure CP — a nonprofit supporting cerebral palsy research. Trahant said the sixth-grade leadership class selects a charity to benefit from the event each year. In addition to the donation, Trinity students will partner with Let’s Cure CP this year for a community service project.
“It’s good for them to learn about philanthropy,” Trahant said.
Spotlight on Art has raised more than $5.5 million in its 32 years. Though Lusink did not disclose how much organizers anticipate to raise this year, she said art sales tend to increase year after year.
After the artists market ends Feb. 8, Spotlight on Art will hold one last event — a gala Feb. 15 at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, which will include dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions where guests will bid on items via their smartphones. Tickets are $175 each.
A closer look:
Spotlight on Art’s artist market will be held Monday through Feb. 8. Hours are Monday from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The school is at 4301 Northside Pkwy. in Buckhead. For more information, visit www.trinityatl.org/spotlight_on_art.