Volunteer Event Opportunities
Along with manning the art gallery each week, we also need helping hands during these annual community events. We love our volunteers and couldn’t share in these events without them. I hope you’ll find a few that sound like fun and join us. We would love to fill those boring days you have with these activities!!
Vawter Art Exhibition Intake
The first Saturday of each June, we will receive the show entries at the gallery from noon until 3 pm. This is an exciting opportunity to meet the artists and get the first peek at the entries coming in for this event. Volunteers will check off the entries on our spreadsheets as the pieces are presented. Incoming art may be hung on the walls, grids or placed on tables until formal staging is done once all the art pieces have arrived.
Vawter Plein Air Event
Many of these artists will be participating in our plein air painting event running throughout the day. Volunteers are needed at the Reception tent to sign in the participating artists, present them with participation bags filled with paints, treats, maps, etc. Artists may need assistance with directions to some of our county iconic painting sites. Volunteers will then receive these completed pieces at 3 PM back at the tent where the art will be on display and for sale. An Artist Social Hour Celebration will be held at the tent at 3 PM. At day’s end, these art pieces will be brought to the gallery for display in our Reception/workspace room at the rear of the gallery. These pieces may be hung on the grids available there.
Vawter Artist Reception and Award Presentations
The Vawter grand reception is held on June’s Second Friday in the Living Alley Tent from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Volunteers are needed throughout the afternoon and evening to set up the reception tent seating and tables, man refreshment areas, and greet guests.
The Twenty North Gallery is a stop on the annual Chocolate Walk held the Second Friday of August. Volunteers are needed to greet guests arriving at the gallery. Each participating chocolate walker (approximately 300) will receive a chocolate treat. It’s a fun night of passing out chocolate and welcoming guests into our gallery.
The annual Chalk Fest is held the Second Saturday of September. Volunteers are needed to help with outlining and numbering the chalk squares on the concrete surfaces designated for this event. Chalk bags need to be assembled prior to event.
Volunteers are needed to register participants at the event and direct to their assigned location. Volunteers are also needed to monitor the “for fun only” space for those who wish to be creative with chalk but do not wish to compete. You might even be tempted to join in the fun.
Auction and Gala
One of the biggest ways we support ourselves is our annual Auction and Gala held in October. Volunteer opportunities abound with this event. Collection and solicitation for donated items begin weeks in advance. Once items are secured, they are delivered to the gallery where they are catalogued and photographed for online bidding.
The items are then transferred for the big night to the gala location where in person bidding will be held. The fun doesn’t stop here. The items are then made available for pickup by winning bidders at the gallery the week following the auction. Volunteers are needed to man the gallery during these pickup hours.
Volunteers are needed to man our booth during Riley Days where they will distribute materials, welcome guests into the gallery and even show off their talents by painting, creating art, playing music, etc. if they desire. It’s a great time to meet the community during this 4-day event.
If carving pumpkins is more to your liking, we need volunteers at the annual Carving Workshop held at the Riley Gardens, 250 W. Main Street on the Sunday prior to Halloween 2 to 5 PM. Volunteers are needed to assist carvers with ideas, techniques and often times just encouragement. Volunteers are encouraged to carve a few of their own too. Plenty of laughs and pumpkin goo abound. This is a family friendly event so expect a few seeds in your hair when you leave.
Some families love to leave the carving mess with us while many are brave enough to carve at home and bring their entries to us for the Carving Competition. Thus we need volunteers to register the jackolantern entries as they are delivered to us from 5 to 7 PM. The pumpkins are then numbered and placed throughout the Riley Gardens space.
The Jackolanterns are lit nightly from 7 to 9 PM all week prior to Halloween. Volunteers are needed each evening to light the pumpkins, greet guests and extinguish the candles at 9 PM. Lizabuth’s Kitchen is open to guests each evening with treats, fun decorations and voting for the People’s Choice Award.
Christmas Tree Festival
If you love Christmas trees (and who doesn’t?) join us in the fun of soliciting trees to decorate the gallery during the month of December. Businesses and not-for-profits and invited to display a tree in the gallery decorated to represent their organization. The gallery has extended hours during the month when we welcome guests to visit and participate in various events. It’s a great opportunity to increase awareness for these organizations plus it allows our gallery to be aglow to visitors and even those driving and walking by our window front. We even have donated trees which we offer to organizations who would like to participate but do not have a tree. Thus we set up the tree and they decorate it.