Something for Everyone: Annual Campus/Community Tradition Makes Art Accessible to All

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

On Saturday, Nov. 18, UNCW will again offer “Art for the Masses” by opening its doors for the popular show and sale.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., members of the general public can stop by the Burney and Warwick Centers to purchase unique pieces handcrafted by regional artists at affordable prices. Participating artists retain 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales.

Kirk W. Brown, an associate professor in the UNCW School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, is also a “wood turner,” and makes pens, ice cream scoops, bottle stoppers and related items. This is his third year participating in the event.

“The timing of AFTM is excellent because it allows attendees to do their holiday gift shopping all in one place from a variety of vendors,” he said.

The event is coordinated through Campus Life Arts and Programs and the UNCW Department of Art and Art History.

J. D. Hastings, a graduate assistant in arts and programs, is helping coordinate the event for the second year in a row.

“As someone who does not have an in-depth background in the arts field, this has been an awesome experience to broaden my scope and learn a lot about the community aspect. It’s one of the more challenging and rewarding programs I have been a part of,” he said.

AFTM is free and open to the public with a requested $3 door donation to help fund public arts projects at the university. Parking is available in the E, M and Greene Track lots.

--Caroline Cropp