Event benefits local arts community
by Meagan Hurley
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Kristina Laurendi Havens showcases some of the paintings from her ‘Woodstock Vignettes’ series, which will be auctioned at the Sept. 20 event to benefit the Reeves House Restoration Project.
Kristina Laurendi Havens showcases some of the paintings from her ‘Woodstock Vignettes’ series, which will be auctioned at the Sept. 20 event to benefit the Reeves House Restoration Project.
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From left, artist Havens stands with Founders Circle Silver donors Sue and Phil Fauver, and Elm Street Board Director Ann Litrel.
From left, artist Havens stands with Founders Circle Silver donors Sue and Phil Fauver, and Elm Street Board Director Ann Litrel.
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Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in downtown Woodstock is preparing to host its inaugural live art auction event, Glow: A Gallery on the Green, on Sept. 20.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Event Green Stage on Elm Street, located off Mill Street, and the auction will feature the “Woodstock Vignettes” by local award-winning artist Kristina Laurendi Havens.

Havens was inspired to paint the series by experiencing the growth of downtown Woodstock. Her 35 works provide a glimpse, sometimes intricate and sometimes obvious, into the daily lives of the local people, she said.

The paintings have been displayed locally throughout the summer and were two years in the making.

Havens’ idea for her first painting occurred when she saw a woman walking down the street two years ago, she said. She asked to snap a picture, and the project was underway.

“It was just a matter of getting over that fear of taking the picture,” Havens said.

She continued to look for inspiration downtown as the series grew.

“It became more about downtown than about me. It was the story of what was happening to the town,” she said.

Auction proceeds will benefit the Reeves House Restoration Project, with the goal to restore the historical home, built in 1891, on the Elm Street Cultural Art Village’s property.

The historic house is set to be transformed into a permanent art gallery and studio for the local community.

Shortly after her epiphany, Havens made the decision to work with Ann Litrel of Elm Street Arts Village to auction her work and contribute to the restoration of the Reeves home.

Organizers said Glow: A Gallery on the Green will be a lively event, comprised of art, entertainment and food.

Along with the auction of Havens’ Woodstock Vignettes, bands Jazz Sounds of Taryn and the Wednesday Trio will perform, and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants will be served.

Joe Lemmo, a teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School, will act as master of ceremonies throughout the evening.

Glow is planned to return to Elm Street as a reoccurring event that will continue to auction local art. Entry into the event costs $10 per person.

Due to limited space, interested parties must RSVP online by Sept. 12, online at www.elmstreetarts.org/glow/. Only 300 guests will be permitted to enter the event.

For more information regarding Glow, or the Woodstock Vignettes, contact Elm Street Cultural Arts Village at (678) 494-4251.

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