Art is on the calendar and in the yard as the resort area’s official season draws to a close this Labor Day weekend. The annual yART (“art in the yard”) Sale, to be held on Sept. 1 and 2 in Bethany Beach, offers a taste of works from local artists, entertainment and kids’ activities, as well as the chance to contributed toward a cause.
“We just thought it was fun — ‘art in the yard.’ At the time, I thought it was creative,” said Julie Kypreos, who created the event with her husband, Nick. “We have friends and family that are artists locally, and many of them were struggling and working fulltime jobs and doing their art at night and on the weekends. We wanted to provide them with a venue to give them an opportunity to get their work seen and, hopefully, sell it.”
The event, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, running from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both days, will feature 20 different artists displaying their work.
“We like to keep it small — small, diverse art, which keeps the space open so people can actually walk around and enjoy it and really get to look at everything,” said Kypreos. “There is all different types of art. Painting, some hand-carved waterfowl made from recycled wood. There’s going to be a glassblower this year, and a serigraph artist. There are handmade quilts and jewelry. We’ve really had pretty much the same artists because of them being friends of friends. The same artists generally participate every year.”
This is also a kid-friendly event, one at which families can take the kiddies to the “kids’ tent” where they can do a free craft and have their faces painted.
“We do painting with the kids, and this year we’re going to continue with that type of painting, but for the older kids there’s a project called ‘Zentangle’ that we’re going to do.”
Live music will also be performed by local musicians throughout the two-day event, including Marco Hernandez and the WW Tunes.
Each year, every participating artist donates a piece of artwork to a “Chinese auction,” from which the proceeds benefit a local charity. Last year, the event raised more than $2,200 for Delaware Hospice’s Camp New Hope. This year, the auction is supporting the Delmarva Chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
“It was recommended by a local person,” said Kypreos of the foundation. “The artists that participate each donate an item to a ‘Chinese auction,’ and 100 percent of the proceeds go to a different charity every year. You can definitely tell by the ticket sales that we manage to raise a little more money every year.”
Kypreos added that, over the past six years, the community support for the event has been outstanding.
“It has always been wonderful,” she said. “It’s always a nice turnout.”
The yART Sale will be held in the yard of a private home located at 33258 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach, just north of the Sea Colony tennis facility,