ABINGDON, Va. — The creator of a brand-new art show in Abingdon has designated a portion of the proceeds to benefit Ecumenical Faith in Action, a Christian mission outreach serving people in poverty and crisis in Southwest Virginia.

Teresa Tilley said serving the community plays a big part in her role as an Abingdon artist and businesswoman.

Her show, “Abingdon’s First Contemporary Art Bazaar,” is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Admission is free.

The show will feature original art, pottery, jewelry, sweets and treats and more.

Tilley owns and operates T Tilley Gallery & Garden, formerly located on Court Street in Abingdon before moving to the inside of Alfresco Lifestyles on Commerce Street in Abingdon. Alfresco Lifestyles is sponsoring the event.

“I enjoy showcasing my artwork and the artwork of other artists in the community,” said Tilley.

“There is no juried process for this show. So many art shows require being juried, sometimes discouraging artists from entering.

“I hope the event will create more awareness of art in our area. We don’t have a lot of venues for local artists except those that require big fees, memberships and a commitment to exhibit for several days,” she said.

“It’s also good for local customers to have the opportunity to shop and buy affordable art.”

Door prizes will be given at the event, and the first 20 people will receive goodie bags.

Participating vendors include Lavelle Manufacturing in Glade Spring; Harmonic Journeys Jewelry & Tree Chimes of Sneedville, Tennessee; Eileen Stoyanoff, owner of The Glass Ceiling Studio of Abingdon; handcrafted jewelry by Linda McCulley Designs of Erwin, Tennessee; Amy Twomey, owner and chef at Amy’s Idle In Café in Abingdon; and Celtic harpist Sandra Parker, who will perform throughout the event.

Vendors pay $100 for a 10-by-10-foot space. Interested vendors can call 276-698-8818 for more information or to reserve spaces.

Carolyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer in Glade Spring, Virginia. Contact her at news@washconews.com.

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