Fundraiser offers chance to own original piece, bring art to every child in community 

Published 1:33 am Saturday, May 6, 2017

Art for all

The Art-full Affair returns Friday and Saturday to Pioneer Playhouse, offering a wide array of pieces that art-lovers from all walks of life will admire. 

The event is one of the main fundraisers by the Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County, with its purpose to bring in funding to be earmarked for the commission’s scholarship program, which include The McKune Visual Arts Scholarship, The Powell Performing Arts Scholarship and The Lockhart Art is Vital Fund. 

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Mimi Becker, executive director of the commission, says tickets are limited and set according to the amount of art there is available, so those interested should act now. 

On Friday, the preview party will start rolling at 7 p.m., giving ticketholders an opportunity to view all available art, enjoy refreshments and mingle with many of the contributing artists. 

Then Saturday, the drawing party goes down at 6 p.m., giving ticketholders an hour for the last chance to view art before the drawing begins at 7. 

A cash bar will be available both nights. 

A 8 p.m. Saturday, a live auction will be conducted with auctioneer Hershel McKinley. Pieces for the auction have been donated by the family of Barbara Lockhart, Cheryl Chapman, The Pieceable Friends Quilt Guild and Ann Arnold McWilliams. 

Tickets are $100 each and allow entry to both nights for two people. 

“In addition to entrance to the event, each ticket holder will get to choose a piece of art from the pieces available when their name is drawn,” Becker says. “You will be nothing short of amazed at the quality of art you’ll get as a ticketholder for $100. It’s incredible.” 

Becker says art-lovers who wish to attend but cannot enter the draw may attend both evenings for $25, as well as participate in the live auction. 

Also incredible, Becker says, is how the community comes together anytime there’s a need. 

“Art is donated by local artists and friends of the Arts Commission who are committed to bringing art to every child in our community, regardless of their financial need,” Becker says. “It really says something about our community.” 


The Art-full Affair will hold the special preview party 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 19, where ticketholders may check out what’s up for grabs, enjoy drinks and meet artists. The drawing party starts 6 p.m. Saturday, with a live auction at 8 p.m. Everyone who purchases a ticket (which admits two) will be entered into the drawing and able to choose a piece of selected works, ranging from handmade bowls, to paintings to copper spoons. The live auction will also featured a multitude of pieces up for grabs to highest bidders. 

Both nights are at Pioneer Playhouse, 840 Stanford Road. 

For tickets, call Mimi Becker at (859) 691-0316.

Roni “Sister” Gilpin’s lively Barnyard Friends will be available in the draw.

Jack Cochran donated Fromage et Raisins for the draw.

Three exquisite hand made and polished copper spoons by Madelyn Worley will be available in the draw.

John Ferguson created this beautiful set of six cherry nesting Shaker boxes which will be available in the draw.