‘Sampler’ honors Southern Charm

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Troy Arts Council Auxiliary will have something old and something new available at its booth at TroyFest this weekend.

The Auxiliary’s note cards that feature six deceased Troy artists are the something new and the “Troy Sampler” is the something old.

Susan Berry, Auxiliary member, said both projects were designed to promote the arts and the community’s heritage while raising funds to benefit the work of the Troy Arts Council.

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“The Auxiliary is excited about our new project, which is the note cards, and we are just as excited to offer ‘A Troy Sampler’ again,” she said. “The ‘Sampler’ is a nostalgic look at Troy through the eyes of local artists. The sampler includes artwork that features both ends of the architectural spectrum, from the grandeur of the Bashinsky House to the simple charm of an aging tenant house.”

The “Sampler” includes local landmarks such as the Rock Building and the Gellerstedt Building.

Berry said the “Sampler” project began with an art exhibit at the Troy Senior Complex titled “Scenes of Troy” that featured local architectural landmarks.

“Local artists contributed their talents to the project and then agreed for the Auxiliary to use their artwork in a sampler,” Berry said. “The Auxiliary selected the pieces of art, organized the material and wrote the text that gives the history of the scenes.”

The Auxiliary chose the center of a townscape by Marcia Rice as the cover for the “Sampler.”

“The ‘Sampler’ was compiled with the devotion for a town and its people and a town that honors its Southern charm,” Berry said.

“Anyone who has any connection with Troy would be delighted to have a ‘Sampler.’”

The “Samplers” are $10 each and may be purchased at the Auxiliary’s booth at TroyFest Saturday and Sunday on the square in downtown Troy.