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Photo guild lends ‘Eye on the Arts’

Gabe Farmer, Democrat Correspondent • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

The Wilson County Photography Guild played host to “Eye on the Arts” on Tuesday night at the Stonebridge Subdivision Clubhouse in Lebanon. 

Each year, the guild organizes a fundraiser to help the community. This year the event was a benefit for the Friends of the Tennessee School for the Blind. The event was an open invitation to the public with free admission. 

A photography contest was a main focus with entries from amateurs as well as professionals. With categories, such as still life, photojournalism, architecture and nature, all having both amateur and professional groups, each had pictures winning first-third-place ribbons. In addition, five photographs were selected to receive best of show ribbons. 

Another popular attraction at the event was the silent auction with items provided by local businesses and artists. Items open to bid on included art, gift baskets, certificates for local businesses and trip packages. Bidding continued throughout the night with many popular items, the proceeds of which will go to the Friends of the Tennessee School of the Blind. 

Musical guests “Runaway Home” performed throughout the evening to entertain the guests at the event. The band, consisting of Mark Elliot, Gary Culley, Lisa McCarter and Laura McGhee performed as those in attendance lounged after viewing the photography contest and silent auction. Entertainment was also provided by 2012 Ms. Senior Tennessee, Patricia Baxter.

Hors d'earves for the event were provided by Ruby Tuesday of Lebanon. In addition, there was a wine tasting held by Market Basket Wine and Liquors of Lebanon.

Members of the WCPG were excited by the large turnout at the event, as well as the interest from the community. The WCPG plans to hold its second annual “Eye on the Arts” event next year to continue to benefit the community. 

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