yArt Sale takes center stage this weekend

A large private residence will resemble a European outdoor market this weekend, as the ninth annual “yArt” (Art in the Yard) show returns to Bethany Beach.

Nick and Julie Kypreos will open their gates at 33258 Kent Avenue on Aug. 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.

It’s a free art show, but all raffle proceeds will go to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

“We have a lot of friends who are local artists, and when we first got involved in the local art community, we realized that there weren’t too many shows that they had the opportunity to really sell their work and really profit from it,” Julie Kypreos explained.

For artists still working regular jobs and just painting on nights and weekends, she wanted to host an event that would benefit them directly.

And each of the 22 artists gives back. Everyone donates a piece of art, from original paintings to scarves, jewelry, soap, children’s books or sculpture. For a few bucks, people can buy an inexpensive drawing ticket for an equal chance to win great art, and the money goes to benefit the fire company.

“I feel like they do so much for the community, and the public isn’t really aware that they rely completely on fundraising to operate,” she said.

“We’re very grateful that they have chosen us to be the beneficiary of that event. We’re honored,” said BBVFC President Stephen Lett. “We depend to a large degree on donations that we receive from the community. We need this kind of support … to provide 24/7 coverage to the community.”

“I love when the winners come to pick up their raffle pieces. It’s nice to see how genuinely happy they are. Some of them are extremely valuable,” Kypreos said of the works. “They’re getting a valuable piece of art for maybe $5. It’s chance-based.”

Live music completes the day.

Guests are reminded that parking laws are strict in Bethany Beach, requiring permits in some locations, and she requests other drivers and residents to have some patience with traffic in the area that day.

“It’s just a few minutes of your time to slow down on Kent Avenue,” she implored.