By Richard Rourk
Union Street Gallery gives the public the opportunity to capture a piece of Erwin’s story at a fundraising auction. At the same time, the proceeds from the auction will help fund a public mural project.
Union Street Gallery owner Jan Bowden has created a work of glass art that features the historic Clinchfield Depot.
“I see this building everyday from my studio,” Bowden said. “It’s so iconic. Today is our beloved library and it deserved to be commemorated.
Bowden created a 24-inch by 8-inch replica of the Unicoi County Public Library by sketching out individual pieces of the iconic building and forming colored glass for each room.
The artwork will be auctioned off over a one month period and all proceeds will go towards a larger community art project.
“I am auctioning this piece and all funds from the auction will go towards supplies to create a mural,” Bowden said.
“The proceeds from the sale will help us fund a mural on the Nolichucky side of our building,” added Bowden. “This mural will be our gift to Erwin. Erwin has been so generous and welcoming to us.
Bowden already has an idea of what the mural will represent.
“A mural depicting our surrounding mountains would be a perfect thank you that anyone could appreciate,” she said. “It will be a great place to stop and take a photo next door. We have an artist from North Carolina who will donate her talent to paint this mural. She’s featured in a gallery in Knoxville and does a great job.
The auction will start on July 1 and end on July 31. Bids will start at $ 400 and increase in increments of $ 25.
A submission sheet will be available at the Union Street Gallery during normal business hours. Bidders can also message Union Street Gallery via Facebook and Instagram or email or phone to place bids as well.
“I will keep the highest bid posted daily,” Bowden said.
The gallery is located at 100 Union Street in downtown Erwin.