VELVEASL! A Charity Art Auction
FRIDAY, MAY 10
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Fort Worth art boss Frank Artsmarter is teaming up with William Campbell Contemporary Art to present VELVEASL!, a charity art auction benefiting the Emergency Artists' Support League (EASL)*. The auction will take place Friday, May 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at William Campbell Contemporary Art.
A champagne preview with the artists will kick off the event from 6:00 to
Red on Red by Olive Cary aka Carol Ivey
7:00 p.m. Tickets for this preview are $20 at the door, or may be purchased from William Campbell Contemporary Art before the auction. Each ticket includes an auction catalogue and bidding paddle. Additional catalogues are available for $10 during the event. The auction, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., is free and open to the public, and will include an original video piece by Frank Artsmarter.
Not a typical exhibition but an art "challenge," VELVEASL! features paintings exclusively on velvet, submitted by a variety of local artists. All works are 24" x30" or smaller. Participating artists include Calvin Abucejo, Greg Bahr, Carol Benson, Christopher Blay, Rachel Bounds, Ann Ekstrom, John Hartley, Billy Hassell, Jesse Sierra Hernandez, Carol Ivey, Angela Kallus, Nancy Lamb, James Lassen, Ray Liberio, Lorrie McClanahan, Devon Nowlin, Harmony Padgett, Riley Padgett, Elaine Taylor, and Brian Scott.
VELVEASL! follows the format of Frank Artsmarter's Thrift Art Gallery Show and Auction, the annual art auction that parodies real-world houses Christie's and Sotheby's. For the event, thrift store paintings are given false titles and provenances,
Velvet Elvis Costello by James Lassen
and auctioned off live, with a reserve of fifty cents on each. Complemented by a twenty-minute video rife with institutional criticism , the saucy event has shaken up the Fort Worth art scene for thirteen years. This year, it takes the form of VELVEASL! as it seeks to raise funds for artists in need.
*VELVEASL! is not affiliated with EASL in any way, nor will this event replace EASL's biennial auction.
Visual artists often live within narrow financial constraints, even in the best of times. A medical crisis, fire, or other emergency can result in catastrophe. In response, artists and arts professionals joined together to found EASL (Emergency Artists Support League) in 1992. EASL is operated by a volunteer steering committee, allowing for maximum funds to be distributed to artists in need. In addition to awarding monetary grants, EASL works with a resource of professionals, from social workers to attorneys, who volunteer their time and expertise to help negotiate medical bills.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.
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