Art-full Affair returns with unique pieces, benefitting local scholarships

Published 8:01 pm Friday, April 26, 2019


Press release

If it is an odd numbered year, it is time for the Arts Commission’s Art-full Affair.  The Art-full Affair, formerly called Art-full Raffle, has been held every other year since 2005 and through the years has raised over $65,000 to provide scholarships and arts programs for the children of our community.

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The affair will be once again hosted by Pioneer Playhouse.

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Many ticket holders have begun their collections of local art with their attendance at the event.   Art fans are introduced to artists who become favorites when a piece of work is acquired during the draw. The Art-full Affair is so much fun, the experience takes two nights! This year the event takes place May 16-17.

Tickets for the event are limited to the number of pieces of art donated by artists to the Arts Commission.  Each ticket is $100 and includes admission for two to the Preview Party on May 16, from 7-9 p.m.  Light refreshments are served as well as a cash bar.  During the party, ticket-holders have the opportunity to view all the donated art so they can plan their strategy for the main event on May 17.  Many of the artists are on hand to talk with potential collectors about their work.  Familiar community artists have once again generously supported the Arts Commission’s event with some surprises throughout the selections!

On May 17, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments, a cash bar and a last chance to view and plan for when it is your turn to select a piece of art.  The draw begins at 7 p.m..  A live auction of a limited number of pieces is conducted at intervals during the evening. Only ticket-holders and guests may bid on the live auction pieces. Guest auctioneer Herschel McKinley returns this year to entice bidders to dig deep for the cause and the unique offerings.

The live auction features art not often available in the local area such as “Courthouse in Winter,” by Louise Wilkinson, donated to the Arts Commission by the Community Arts Center.  Also offered at auction is “Dry Branch in Springtime,” an oil on linen piece, mounted on panel, by Sheldon Tapley. Tapley worked with Maple Tree Gallery to design the custom framing. 

Additional auction pieces will be announced in the coming weeks, and will be updated on the Arts Commission Facebook page.

Tickets may be reserved by contacting Mimi Becker at or texting (859) 691-0316.