“Art Rocks” is the theme of an exhibit at the Anderson Gallery that opened Saturday night and will continue through the end of the year. The exhibit includes original works of art inspired by the 1950s and 1960s era.

“The energy of the people who came was playful, supportive and loving. Each one let down their hair and had a great time,” said gallery director Jill Parr, who reported that upwards of a dozen pieces of art work was sold at the event, which also included a reception and raffle.

“From the looks of the ticket jar, we had 50 people participate in the raffle, one of whom won a one-of-a-kind, painted china Betty Boop breadboard made and donated by Nettie McHone, our own ECAA premiere china painter,” said Parr, who also commented on the thoughtfulness of those who provided refreshments.

“This is one of the first events I’ve ever been to where sugar-free treats were served for diabetics,” she said.

Parr said that one association member came dressed as a beatnik, another wore a poodle skirt, bobby socks and sneakers.

“We also had a couple of ‘love children.’ And our president showed up in a big white shirt and jeans rolled up to the knees with bobby socks and sneakers,” Parr said. “I would guess that we had about 75 to 100 people here (Saturday night).”

Part of the gallery’s ambience was a “fantastic ’50s-era flower arrangement” donated by Flowers By Patty, Parr said.

“I would like to make special thanks to Flowers By Patty and also to all the businesses around the courthouse square who kindly displayed our poster announcement,” Parr said.

Association members who volunteered their time toward the exhibit include Helen Lundberg, Carol Cull, Nettie McHone, Mitti Bowren, Marca Sue DeLacerda, Margaret Gaston, Rita Hanson, Betty King, Barbara McMullen, Mayme Olson and Linda Schindler. Parr also thanked local media for their help in publicizing the event.

Upcoming association events include a silk painting demonstration by Yvonne Sailers at the next monthly member meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, which will be held at the Ellis County Art Center.

“Yvonne Sailers is a talented artist from Granbury and we’re excited that she’s coming to Waxahachie. I encourage anyone interested in art to attend the demonstration. It’s a joy to watch Yvonne work,” association president Tina Bohlman said.

“On Dec. 1, we will be dressing the Anderson Gallery for Christmas,” said Parr, describing the gallery as “the perfect place to find a gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list.”

“Throughout the month of December, we will have gifts available in all price ranges from the silly to superb,” she said.

Parr believes one of the reasons those who attend Anderson Gallery openings have such a great time is “because of the informal atmosphere.

“Our artists have more in common than just being members of an art association,” she said. “The atmosphere is always very relaxed and laid-back. And since it’s all done on donated time, the energy is always full of generosity of spirit. Everyone is very giving.”

“For the past two years, Anderson Gallery has presented new work by talented Ellis Count Art Association artists and the ‘Art Rocks’ show installed by our gallery director, Jill Parr, is one of the best shows yet,” Bohlman said. “The art, the artists and art lovers were rockin’ from the moment the themed exhibition opened with the music of Elvis playing in the background. I am so impressed with the level of creativity and the professional quality of art in this show.”

Ellis County Art Association is located at 501 W. Main and the Anderson Gallery is in the lower level. Hours are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, visit the Web site www.elliscountyart.net, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or call (972) 937-3414.

E-mail Jennifer at jennifer.howell@waxahachiedailylight.com