Years ago, the Columbus Museum had biennial events called Flying High and Flying Colors. Flying High was a progressive dinner that ended at the museum.
It was an expensive dinner, which meant I never went. Flying Colors was an art show and sale that had various events that were affordable. Those, I went to quite a bit.
About four years ago, the museum decided to drop those two events and began the Art & Antique Show and Sale. For whatever reason, that just didn’t pique the public’s interest.
So this year, the museum brought back Flying Colors, but changed its name to Let There Be Art!
It’s going to be an exciting week, which starts Saturday and runs through April 23.
This art show and sale will feature the works of local, regional and national artists. It’s a juried show, which means that artists sent in photos of their work and a judge decided which artists would be allowed to show their work. There will be paintings, sculpture, pottery and porcelain for sale.
Let There Be Art! will be the big fundraiser for the museum this year.
A raffle will be held, with the big prize being an art trip for two to New York City. This trip includes two round-trip tickets on Delta Airlines, round-trip transportation from the airport to Manhattan, a three-night stay at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, $500 toward cultural events of the winner’s choice, dinner reservations and a day of private, guided tours of art galleries with art dealer Betty Krulik. The raffle tickets cost $50.
Second prize is $500 and third prize is $250.
The preview party, “Art After Dark,” begins at 7 p.m. Friday and costs $100. You’ll get to see the art first and make your selections before it opens to the public. What to wear? “Colorful cocktail attire.” Whatever that means.
The Columbus Contemporaries’ party, “Young at Art,” begins at 7 p.m. Saturday and costs $40.
The Dine & Design luncheon is at noon Wednesday. The guest speaker is Haskell Harris, editor of Garden & Gun magazine. Yes, I said Garden & Gun. That’s all I know.
That’s not exactly true. Harris will be talking about “Defining Southern Style at Garden & Gun.” She will discuss the craftsmanship, land, family stories that make up Southern culture. After all, she lives in the center of Southern culture -- Charleston, S.C. Sounds like it will be a good lecture, but it’s sold out.
Tickets are on sale now for the other events and the raffle.
The museum is at 1251 Wynnton Road, and it is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
If you just want to look at the art, it’s free.
While you’re there, you need to take a look at the Civil War exhibit.
I’m still astounded that the photographs taken 150 years ago are as clear and sharp as if they were taken today. It is amazing.
For more information, call 706-748-2562.
Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger- enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.