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Block party, art sale on the square on Friday
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Image courtesy of the Vision 2030 Public Art Committee.

Looking for something to hang on that bit of blank wall, but want to be a bit more ambitious than bottom-rung, big-box art? We’ve got you covered.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Vision 2030 is hosting its first block party — a ticketed event in the “Royal Space,” which is a nice name for the Hunt Tower parking lot near the Gainesville square — that aims to make North Georgia art more accessible.

The $30 entrance fee gets you a meal from the Atlanta-based Good Food Truck (frequent visitors to the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta) and a drink from Downtown Drafts. Once inside, art will be on display for an hour before going on sale, according to organizer Whitney Brown, head of an organizing committee that includes Leigh-Anne O’Brien, Allyson Everett, Christie Gregory, Amanda McClure, Tina Carlson, Katie Crumley and Julie Butler Colombini.

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Whitney Brown, pictured in early March, was one of the heads of the 2030 BURDs project, which will place more than 100 small, golden birds around Gainesville to be discovered by the public. The Brenau Urban Rural Discovery Secrets birds were named as a nod to former university President Jack Burd. - photo by Nick Bowman

“What we’re really giving the artist here in exchange for their donation is the publicity … and if people are pulling it down and buying it before anyone gets a chance to look at they don’t get the publicity,” she said.

Tickets at the door on Friday will be $40. Homemade Pants, which is a band, will perform.

The event raises money for the North Georgia Community Foundation to purchase a new piece of public art for Hall County. What sort of art, whether a mural, sculpture or something else, depends on how much money is raised on Friday.

But Brown said the other point of the block party lines up with the Vision 2030 Public Art tagline, “Art Everywhere” — getting art before the eyes and into the hands of people who either wouldn’t be interested in it or don’t have the money to buy it.

They’re talking to you, young people.

Art for general sale at the party is capped at $100, and there’s a silent auction where art is not capped at $100.

More than 50 artists have donated to the show.

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The bottle trees blossoming over the green space adjacent to Hunt Tower are the anchor for what is becoming a busy public art area in downtown Gainesville. Named the “Royal Space,” the area will host an art market in May and will be home to a growing collection of art in the future. - photo by Nick Bowman
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