Temple’s Art Walk billed as largest, best yet

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Organizers of the Temple Theatre Art Walk are promising a bigger and better-than-ever event on Saturday.

The seventh annual Downtown Sanford Art Walk and Wine Tasting will feature 27 stops at downtown Sanford businesses, each with a different wine to sample and unique pieces of art on display.

“We are very excited,” said Temple Theatre Producing Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn. “We have expanded it greatly with regard to time and number of venues. It’s a great way for people from Sanford and throughout the region to come downtown and see what Sanford has to offer.”

With a partnership from Downtown Sanford Inc., the art walk also will include three free concerts — Roger Hester & the High Countrymen at 11 a.m., Gregg Gelb at 1 p.m. and Waston/Wheeler Band at 3 p.m. — at Depot Park. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 the day of, and the first 300 ticket holders are guaranteed to receive a souvenir Temple Theatre glass. 

Guests can pick up their wine glass and detailed map of the wine/art hosts in the Temple lobby beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, said Temple Marketing Director Chris deLambert. 

“There will be some art demonstrations, wood carving and pottery, so people can plan their

sEe art/page a?

day and go forth on the path that makes them happiest,” he said.

These pieces of artwork, among other items, are scheduled to be sold during a live auction at 6:30 p.m. at Lisa Mathis’s Art Studio at 6:30 p.m.

The Temple worked to reach out to populations throughout the Central Carolina region, deLambert said, in order to bring more people into Lee County.

“We want it to be an event that our locals are proud of and the people who visit are proud of,” he said. “We want them to come back to Sanford.”

The Temple’s ticket sales cover a large portion of the nonprofit’s operational expenses, but some costs remain to be covered by fundraising, Taphorn said. This art walk, deLambert added, is one of the venue’s bigger fundraisers.

“As a nonprofit, our fundraisers are critical for us to do what we do,” he said. “But [the art walk] is more than a fundraiser. We want people to have a good time and find value in the event. And we want them to enjoy their experience in Sanford.”

Tickets are available online at www.templeshows.com or at the Temple Theatre box office.