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Trinity School’s Spotlight on Art features 350 artists
by Nicole Dow
January 31, 2014 04:14 PM | 4454 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Spotlight on Art Chairwoman Kimberly Lusink, Trinity School Director of Special Events Alice Trahant and 2015 Chairwoman Molly Jamieson in Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Spotlight on Art Chairwoman Kimberly Lusink, Trinity School Director of Special Events Alice Trahant and 2015 Chairwoman Molly Jamieson in Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Trinity School Director of Special Events Alice Trahant and Spotlight on Art Chairwoman Kimberly Lusink check out the hand-painted wine and champagne glasses by Melissa Payne Baker at Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Trinity School Director of Special Events Alice Trahant and Spotlight on Art Chairwoman Kimberly Lusink check out the hand-painted wine and champagne glasses by Melissa Payne Baker at Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Christina Genth and Nancy B. Westfall are among the many artists whose work was on display at Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery. The gallery was a preview of the Artist’s Market, which will be held at Trinity School from Monday through Feb. 8 and will include work from about 350 artists, including Genth and Westfall.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Christina Genth and Nancy B. Westfall are among the many artists whose work was on display at Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery. The gallery was a preview of the Artist’s Market, which will be held at Trinity School from Monday through Feb. 8 and will include work from about 350 artists, including Genth and Westfall.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lisa Olliff’s pottery, on display at Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery, will be for sale at the Artist’s Market at Trinity School Monday through Feb. 8.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lisa Olliff’s pottery, on display at Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery, will be for sale at the Artist’s Market at Trinity School Monday through Feb. 8.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / The works of many local and national artists, on display in Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery, will be available for perusing and purchase at the Artist’s Market at Trinity School Monday through Feb. 8. There will also be special receptions open to the public Monday and Friday evenings.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / The works of many local and national artists, on display in Spotlight on Art’s Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery, will be available for perusing and purchase at the Artist’s Market at Trinity School Monday through Feb. 8. There will also be special receptions open to the public Monday and Friday evenings.
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The gym at Trinity School in Buckhead will be transformed into a grand artists market Monday for six days as Spotlight on Art returns to the school for its 33rd year.

“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.
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