By Ginna Parsons
TUPELO – For the past two years, Gumtree Museum of Art Guild volunteers have created beautiful, themed tablescapes and showed them off to one another at a fundraising luncheon.
This year, they want to invite the public to see these works of art.
“Holiday Tables of Celebration Preview Party” will be Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gumtree Museum of Art in downtown Tupelo. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at gumtreemuseum.com or by calling (662) 844-2787.
The evening will feature nine holiday table settings, holiday fashions by Reed’s, hors d’oeuvres and wine.
“Guild members will be doing all the decorating and all are holiday themes this time,” said volunteer Carol Threadgill. “The table we did features Mark Roberts fairies and is kind of a winter-wonderland theme. I don’t know what to expect from the other tables. Everyone’s so secretive. Everybody wants to outdo the other.”
“People want to make you walk in and go ‘Wow,’” added Todd, who worked with Threadgill to create the silvery tablescape.
The tablescapes will feature a centerpiece, place settings for eight, glassware, silver and linens. The day after the preview party, guild members and their guests will enjoy a fundraising luncheon at the decorated tables.
“Most of the stuff we’re using came from our own houses,” Threadgill said. “We’re hoping to raise between $4,000 and $5,000.”
All the proceeds will go toward operating costs, educational programs and exhibits, said Liz McIntosh, director of the museum. “We get some grants and scholarships, but we really need money for operating expenses.”