Arts guild follows record take with big donation

After sale, group gives $2,115 to Whetstone Community Center


It was a record-breaking year and annual holiday show and sale for the Clintonville Arts Guild, according to volunteer public relations coordinator Chris Kramer.

The pre-Thanksgiving annual event at the Whetstone Community Center saw a record number of artists participating, a record for the total sales generated and a resultant record in the amount the nonprofit group was able to donate to the center.

In addition, the guild gained 23 new members during the year, said Sue Pusecker, guild vice president and membership coordinator -- and a dozen of those people were first-time participants in the show and sale.

That increased the number of guild artists selling their works from 2011's 43 to 55 this past Nov. 9-11, Kramer said.

The record total sales for the three-day art event were $21,152.90, guild treasurer Tish Krajnak said.

That pushed the 10 percent of the proceeds donated to the Whetstone Community Center to a record $2,115.29, Kramer said.

"I think it's a great chance to give back to the community and also the community supports us," Kramer said. "It seems like a circle. It's give and take."

Advance publicity in ThisWeek Clintonville Booster, particularly focusing on Krajnak's decision to donate all proceeds from sales of her beadwork to an organization that works on behalf of victims of child sex trafficking, probably helped boost attendance and sales at the show, Kramer said.

"Honestly, that article about Tish -- we got feedback about that article. People came in specifically looking to support Gracehaven," Kramer said.

The Clintonville Arts Guild was founded in 1972 to promote the visual arts within the Clintonville community and to create a stimulating, encouraging and supportive environment where local artists and craftsmen can share their ideas and their passion for the arts, according to the organization's website.

The guild meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month, September through May, at the Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St.