Fast-paced reverse raffle lets every ticket-holder leave with original work of art
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2012) — The Lexington Art League (LAL), central Kentucky’s oldest and largest visual arts organization, later this month will present THE 200, an annual fundraising exhibition sponsored by Nancy Barron & Associates.
The event’s proceeds support the day-to-day operations of the art league. The exhibition, which opened Sept. 22, culminates in an exciting evening of art collecting on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at LAL’s Loudoun House Gallery.
Formerly known as Art Fever, THE 200 auction is centered around the long-standing reverse raffle, which has been a staple of the event since it started more than a decade ago. For auction ticket-holders, the evening is a dance with chance, as they wait with for their number to be drawn so they can have their pick of any artwork included in the exhibition. Once called, ticket-holders have a mere 60 seconds to stake their claim.
The exhibition includes 120 works of art generously offered to LAL in support of its operations by artists around the country, and all artwork is valued at a minimum of $200. Auction tickets, which cost $200 and admit two, are limited to the number of works in the exhibition. In the interest of fairness, whoever is drawn last is guaranteed the first pick the following year.
In addition to the auction, THE 200 features live blues by Mojo Tones, heavy hors d’oeuvres and invigorating libations by DaRae & Friends Catering, and a silent auction. General admission tickets are available for $40 per person ($30 for LAL Members) or $75 per couple ($60 for LAL Members).
“THE 200 is one of visual art’s most exciting events of the year, but for the Lexington Art League, it is so much more than an event,” said Stephanie Harris, LAL’s executive director. “For LAL, it ensures we can provide art for everyone, that we can offer workshops and classes for art lovers of all ages, that we can continue to offer free admission to all of our exhibitions, that we can produce American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair and Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival, that we can host pop-up art experiences like pARTy. Patrons of THE 200 leave the auction with a work of art, but they leave LAL with a level of support that sustains the organization throughout the entire year.”
To allow guests to prepare for THE 200 auction, LAL is offering gallery hours Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. An online gallery is also available, as is additional information on participating artists. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-859-254-7024.