For the Love of Art Friday to benefit GAVA scholarships

Jan. 30—Gainesville Area Visual Art's 11th annual For the Love of Art is set for the State Theater and Backstage venue in downtown Gainesville Friday, Feb. 2, from 6-9 p.m.

This free event will include new art, live music from Gainesville Swing Orchestra's Ken Poland, Randy Firth & Dave Shaw — aka Poland/Firth Jazz 2Tet, food from GAVA Member Tina White and drinks. All of the art from a record 49 GAVA members will be available for purchase to support local students — 20% of all sales goes to the GAVA Scholarship.

Show Chair Joe Conner is excited to announce the two Marquee Sponsors for 2024 are the Employees of Safran Seats USA & Jim Goldsworthy — State Farm Insurance.

"These sponsors are not the only local companies & businesses showing their love of art, and GAVA thanks them all for their support of GAVA's scholarships for Cooke County High School seniors," Conner stated in a press release.

The Original Art Raffle features an acrylic painting from Carol Belcher, an mixed media painting by Ruthie Partin, a acrylic from Hugh Baxley II and a painting by Robin Perkins. The raffle tickets will be available on the night of the event and are $5 each or three for $10 — and all money raised from the raffle goes directly to the GAVA Scholarship. Tickets can also be purchased ahead of the event by contacting GAVA.

The 2024 GAVA scholarship is for a graduating Cooke County senior who is planning on majoring or minoring in a field of visual art... from the fine artist to the architect, photographer or potter, landscaper or cake decorator — all qualifying visual artists are invited to apply for the scholarship.

Public, private and homeschooled students are eligible — check with your local high school counselor or visit the GAVA website for an application.

All applications must be received by March 1, 2024. Students will be asked to provide samples of their work as well as academic records. The 2024 application is available at Email to learn more.