Each house in the Ely Renaissance Village offered something different. A new wine or beer to taste. A new artist showing off their work. A new culturally decorated interior displaying the differences between how those of different backgrounds lived when they first settled in Ely. For attendees of this year’s Art and Wine Walk, put on by the Ely Renaissance Society, it was a night to discover the new, while appreciating the old.
To Al Moeller, one of the event’s organizers, it was a successful and satisfying outcome after weeks of hard work getting everything ready.
“The evening was a beautiful event due to the wonderful hard work and talent of our volunteers and to a great turn out by the community. The addition of a new pavilion in the center of the village gave us a well lighted place to display all of the generous donations that made the evening such a success. Thanks to all of the talented artists who displayed their work and were available to answer questions,” Moeller said.
The Art and Wine Walk has become an annual event after it’s first year in 2009 was a success. Since then, the event has grown to include more art and different ways to raise money for local arts and artists, including a silent auction at this year’s walk.
“The proceeds of the evening will be used to continue our efforts to make the Art Bank downtown a show place to display and sell local artists talents. This annual event has become a wonderful meeting place for friends and new acquaintances of all ages to spend a grand evening under rural Nevada skies,” Moeller added.
The items available for auction, which included everything from a custom made electric guitar to dining sets and children’s toys, were laid out on long tables under the still in construction pavilion for attendees to peruse and bid throughout the afternoon and into the evening on Saturday. Guests that paid the extra $10 were also served a spaghetti dinner with a side salad and dessert to compliment the night out feel to the event.
Local artists, such as Jennifer Messina and Margaret Bath showed off their handmade pieces inside the small houses inside the village. Messina displayed and sold her ceramic bowls while Bath had custom glassware ranging from bowls and coasters to jewelry shaped like Nevada.
Cards were passed out to each attendee, encouraging them to acquire signatures from all the artists in attendance. Those that did could submit their card for a drawing later in the evening to win a wine glass set.
Those that didn’t get a chance to experience the walk will have to wait until next years, which Moeller said he is already excited about planning again.