It sounds like the plot of a game show — place around 100 pieces of local art in a room with just as many art collectors. And then set them loose on a mad scramble for their favorite piece.
That’s basically the premise for the second annual Friends for Life Art Dash on Wednesday, July 29th, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Circuit Playhouse (51 S. Cooper). Art lovers and supporters of the HIV/AIDS nonprofit purchase a $125 ticket, which buys them a spot in a lottery. For the first portion of this unique art auction, the attendees sip wine and browse the offerings, which range from paintings to prints to sculptures, all the while keeping in mind which pieces they might dash for later.
Then, the attendees are moved into another room, where WKNO hosts Kacky Walton and Justin Willingham draw numbers from the lottery. As numbers are called, people race back to the art show and grab whatever piece they’ve had their eye on — if it’s still there.
The sooner one’s number comes up, the more art that will be available. Those who are drawn last get last pick. New this year, Friends for Life will be hosting a live auction for the number-one spot. The winner of that auction will get first dibs.
Sips ’n’ Pours will supply the adult beverages, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Ecco on Overton Park.
Tickets for the art grab are $125, but those who would rather just enjoy the party without taking home any art can purchase tickets for $15. Tickets are available at artdash.brownpapertickets.com.
Friends for Life offers wellness programming, support, housing, food, risk reduction counseling, and other services for people living with HIV/AIDS.