By Faye Gaston
The Christmas Open House at Gibson's Home Center was held on November 11 and 12, 2021, for a "Jingle & Mingle" sale. This year there were added items for sale by the Bullock County Art Guild. Eighteen framed paintings in oil, acrylics, or watercolor and pottery items by Joyce Perrin were on display.
It was interesting to see the purchase prices of works involving many years of experience in perfecting their art and hours of creative work for each painting by twelve talented local artists.
Paintings of historical places in Bullock County were the 1925 Coal Chute in Union Springs by Kathy Capps, $150; Fitzpatrick Post Office by Larry Stewart, $395; Fort Davis Post Office by Larry Stewart, $395, House by Stream of Water by Mary Chapman, $150; and the Gazebo in Oak Hill cemetery by Linda Montgomery.
Paintings of locations during travels included Tennessee Waterfalls by Mary Chapman, $75; At the Port of Amsterdam by Mike Benton, $300; Summer at Destin Beach by Philip Duvic, $50; Five Perote Ladies visiting New York City painted in realistic portraits at the top of abstract symbolism by Phillip Duvic, $250. and Gulf Shores by Jane Williamson, not for sale.
Walt Spratlan featured flowers in his paintings: Sunflowers and Rooster, $200; Summer Blue Flowers, $300; and Springtime Cascading Flowers, $400. Several paintings featured animals: Horse Splashing in Water by Sheila Brooks, $150; a Fox in the Snow by Linda Reynolds, $60; Dog in Globe Ornament held by Santa's Hand by Sheila Brooks, "Piggy" by Kathy Capps, $60 not framed, and dog "Sadie" by John McLendon, nor for sale.
A vintage knick-knack stand held seven pottery items by Joyce Perrin at $35 each. These included a manger candleholder and others featuring the Christmas Grinch and quail.
A miniature Christmas tree sitting in cotton held ornaments of wood and gourds at $2.00 each.