After a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 virus, Art on the Border returned with their annual art show and sale that was held July 22nd and 23rd, 2022 at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education’s Research Institute Health and Wellness Building. ArTs at Bost and Bost, Inc. had many volunteers, and several artists present at Art on the Border to help with the festivities.
ArTs at Bost volunteers helped artists with registration, unloaded materials and displays, set up booths, helped with the silent auction and games and passed out programs and helped art patrons find booths to shop. ArTs at Bost volunteers also served as artist helpers running individual artist booths when they needed breaks. ArTs at Bost also had a booth at the event that displayed the flags created at the Pandemic Healing Event and helping to educate the public about the ArTs at Bost program.
Art patrons and charity supporters also found a host of mediums to admire and purchase from local and regional artists. The mediums included oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolor, fiber, hand-blown glass, jewelry, sculptures, gourds, digitally enhanced photographs, wood turning and baskets, high quality prints as well as originals. Art on the Border grew from 14 artists in 2014 to 70+ in 2022.
The Classic Charitable Foundation’s Art on the Border event is put on to raise money to support charities in the greater Fort Smith area. The roots of the Classic Charitable Foundation began in 1995 with the presentation of the Mercy Celebrity Classic. Over the years, they have generated more than $2,500,000 for local charities. The purpose of presenting these events has always been to raise funds to assist a wide variety of local organizations serving many in need in our community. Art on the Border raised $70,000 this year.
All the proceeds raised at Art on the Border in 2022 go to benefit four local non-profits- ArTs at Bost, Good Samaritan Clinic, Gregory Kistler Treatment Center, and Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House.
On September 15th, 2022, ArTs at Bost consumers, staff and Bost board member Dr. Gary Udouj met with members of the Classic Charitable Foundation to receive a donation check of $10,000 to support the ArTs at Bost program. After the check presentation everyone had cookies and consumers had their weekly art class with artist Cathy Mason.
ArTs at Bost believes that Art on the Border was an immense success and looks forward to working with the Classic Charitable Foundation in the future.
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