The Averitt Center for the Arts is teaming up with Georgia Southern University's Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art to showcase original art by local students and professional artists.
The All Fired Up! event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and runs through 4 p.m. Saturday at the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts on 31 E. Vine St.
All artwork on display will be available for purchase, and GSU students promise that every piece is unique.
The biannual event provides both Georgia Southern and Averitt art students a unique opportunity to network with the community and understand the business aspect of selling visual art. Continuing Georgia Southern's Club Mud tradition, started by professor emeritus Jane Pleak, All Fired Up! began at the Averitt Center in 2013, following Pleak's retirement. GSU alum and Averitt Center Visual Arts Director Kim Riner has fond memories of participating with Club Mud and hopes All Fired Up! emulates that experience for her students.
"Selling and communicating with patrons is something that cannot be taught in a classroom," Riner said. "I hope that these events will continue to teach aspiring artists the importance of marketing yourself and help them to understand that there is so much that goes into being an artist than just making art - you have to sell yourself."
Averitt Center visual art students, GSU's Student Made and Jewelry Guild, professional artists and professors will participate in the event, along with Statesboro Regional Art Association members, local painters and photographers and Roxie Remley studio artists.
"Students typically do not have a lot of work to set up their own booth or table at a festival," said Riner. "This event gives those students the opportunity to sell whatever work they have to offer - whether it is one or two pieces - and encourages them to interact with their customers."