Art you can eat?

Published 9:49 pm Friday, February 18, 2011

Funky and fun food is on the agenda Tuesday evening as the popular "Edible Art" show returns.

If bony fingers and vampire blood sound like fitting appetizers for a fun night on the town, then the Edible Art “Tasting” Exhibition is where you’ll want to be Tuesday night.

The annual fundraising event for the Troy Arts Council and the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center has, in just a few short years, become a creative culinary endeavor that delights all the senses.

The 6th Annual Edible Art “Tasting” Exhibition will feature art that looks good, feels good, smells good and is absolutely delectable and can devoured in a backdrop of jazzy sounds from Ray Smith and band and the Troy University Musical Theater ensemble.

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The Edible Art event will be from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Studio in downtown Troy. Tickets are $15 for individuals and $25 for couples. Students with an ID are admitted for $10.

“The Edible Art Tasting Exhibition began as a faculty show and it has grown to include a large number of university students and people from the community,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. “This year, we are excited to have two displays by the students in the Culinary Arts Academy at Charles Henderson High School. One of their displays is titled, ‘Going to the Movies’ so that should be interesting and fun.”

Cochran said the displays are kept close secrets by their creators as each tries to “one-up” the other in the friendly but fierce competition.

Cochran will once again have her famous “Shrimp on the Barbie.”

“I do that every year because the food is so good,” she said. “But, I’m also doing another edible art piece called ‘Day of the Dead,’ which I incorporated into the university’s ‘Frankenstein’ reading initiative this year.”

Cochran has collected a variety of skeleton parts to enhance the chocolate and cake entry.

“Each year we’ve had some elaborate and detailed entries,” she said. “One of the winners last year was a pop art entry of a toaster with Elvis and Marilyn Monroe ‘popping’ out. And, the computer with keyboard and mouse was also a fantastic entry.”

The displays are to be set up between 5 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday and judging will be around 5:30. Creativity, presentation and taste are elements that will be judged.

The doors to the Edible Art ‘Tasting’ Exhibition will open at 6:30 and that’s when the real fun begins as the artwork in devoured until empty dishes and a thousand digital memories are all that remain.

For tickets, call the College of Communication and Fine Arts at 670-3851.