Nov. 10, 2006 -- This year the University of Virginia Art Museum celebrates its 11th annual Holiday Art Auction on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ix Building (Elliott Street entrance) in Charlottesville. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m.; dancing continues until 9:30 p.m. This year's theme, I Got Rhythm, invites guests to swing to the 1930s sounds, sip on a Bacardi O Sidecar, build one's art collection and support the museum's educational programs. The auction will also include something new: a Kids' pARTy for children ages 5 to 15, hosted by the U.Va. Student Docents at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, also in the Ix Building. This event, held annually on the first Saturday in December, has blossomed over the years to become one of the most anticipated social and cultural events of the season.
Through sponsorships and the silent art auction, the Holiday Art Auction has raised invaluable funds in support of the museum's family and youth educational programs, including Summer Arts, a unique summer arts academy that offers youth entering grades 4-12 the opportunity to work with professional artists and explore a wide variety of projects incorporating the visual and performing arts. Nearly half of all Summer Arts participants receive full, need-based scholarships, thanks to foundation, endowment, individual and auction support. Last year's record-breaking auction generated more than $25,000.
Among the art featured this year are approximately 50 works in the General Auction, generously donated by nationally known artists and local rising stars. Starting bids range from $50 to $300. Approximately 10 significant works will comprise "The Collection," with a minimum bid range of $500-$1,000; artists participating in The Collection include Sam Abell, Johanna Drucker, Tim O'Kane, Geoffrey McGann, Kendall Messick, Tjasa Owen and William Wylie. Jewelry and a few surprise items will also be available for silent bids. The event now draws both the sophisticated collector and the young enthusiast, with something for every eye and budget.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors thus far are: 20 South, albemarle Magazine, Ash Lawn Opera, Bacardi USA, Inc., Susan Bacik, C-Ville Weekly, The Jeff Decker Band, Johanna Drucker, Escafé!, Feast!, Festive Fare, Foods of All Nations, Shirley French, Harris Teeter, Jill Hartz, The Hook, Hot Cakes, Ix Building, Live Arts, Market Street Wineshops - Uptown & Downtown, Diane Nelson, Beatrix Ost, Pat's Floral Designs, Sam Hill Entertainment, Spring Street, Student Docents of the University of Virginia Art Museum, Trio a.d.s., University of Virginia Drama Department, Jennifer Van Winkle, Virginia Arts of the Book Center and The Virginia Company.
Tickets are available in advance at $35 for members, $40 for non-members and $10 per youth for the Kids' pARTy. RSVPs are due by Thursday, Nov. 30; a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. Children attending the Kids' pARTy must RSVP. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christen Gelfand at (434) 243-8874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.