The Auburn Women’s Club brought together talented artists from the community at their first Art Walk on Saturday at their historic antebellum cottage.
This wasn’t your typical arts-and-crafts fair. The home was adorned with professional level artwork from 20 local artists and filled with attendees.
Artists had the opportunity to both display and sell their work at the event.
Artist Robert Rygiel was one of many artists at the event. His display housed paintings of everything from his dog to Auburn football references.
Rygiel was surprised by the large attendance at the event and was happy with the way it turned out.
“I love how much everybody put into things,” Rygiel said. “I didn’t realize there was this much talent in Auburn.”
“I do a lot of indigo and natural dyes and sienna types,” Scarbrough said. “I sell jewelry, watercolor
She frequently sells her work at the Local Market and was happy to gain a new audience at this event.
Women’s Club President Betty Letlow got the idea for the Art Walk from an event in Crested Butte, Colorado.
“Coming off of the plane I thought: we have this big house, we could open it up to the community and help local artists,” Letlow said. “We have artists in this club and plenty of renowned artists in Auburn, so it seemed like the perfect idea.”
The event pulled in an even bigger interest than they thought it would and was packed with visitors.
“People just keep coming and coming, and we’re so delighted,” Letlow said.
According to Letlow, The Auburn Women’s Club has up to 300 members every year and focuses on education,
The Women’s Club home is a registered Alabama Historic Landmark that was built in 1853. In 1962, it was moved from its previous location near Ralph Brown Draughon Library to its current one on Sanders Street.