The Art Center has been on an exciting journey of community involvement through the visual and performing arts for almost 60 years. The USBank Fine Art and Silent Auction on Friday, May 3, is the largest fundraiser of the year and helps keep this center's mission-based momentum going year after year. The auction helps support local, regional and national artists, teachers and lecturers while inspiring the next generation of creatives and viewers. It's a lively evening for the city's most visionary arts enthusiasts and also brings fearless first-time buyers together for a common cause - supporting their community art center. Many buyers don't know who is deemed as an established artist, but find themselves touched by what is created by the human spirit and an artist's individual journey no matter their ranking.Those attending will have an opportunity to view the live-auction items from 5-7 p.m. and bid on silent auction items from 5-8 p.m. The live auction bidding begins at 7 p.m. The live art auction features some of the most sought-after local and national artists working in clay, glass, watercolor, oil, batik, wood, and much more. Artworks will include a variety of accomplished artists like Dianna Fritzler, Dan Young, Tanaka Ryohei, Sara Ransford, KyoungHwa Oh, Ralph Scala, Michael Wisner, Dino Farnese, John Sasso, John Jenkins and Gary O'Gara. This year we are including some up-and- coming talented younger artists like Ashtonn Means, Bhreon Bynum, and Matt Smith.Art Auction 2013 attendees will also enjoy an outdoor exhibit on the centers front lawn by ArtAbility and children's programmer Rachel Egelston's students. The Art Center Guild will have a tapas bar, and the guitar and mandolin musicians, The Widowmakers, will be playing in the sculpture garden.
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