freshART Will Be Virtual But The Art Is Live!
Behringer-Crawford's Art Auction To Be Live-Streamed at 6 p.m. Saturday
Thirty-one artists are hard at work this week creating original works to be sold during Saturday's 29th annual freshART auction to raise funds for Behringer-Crawford Museum's youth education programs.
The auction was originally scheduled as a live event to be held at the museum. However, in response to the recent spike in Covid cases and increasing concern about the safety of crowded venues, the museum's board of trustees voted to host the auction online.
Art lovers will now have the chance to view, bid and buy one-of-a-kind works during the virtual freshART event, which will be livestreamed beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday, September 18. To participate in freshART, REGISTER FOR BIDDING HERE and CLICK HERE FOR LIVESTREAM EVENT on Saturday evening to connect to the livestream.
Laurie Risch, BCM's executive director, said, "Of course we are disappointed that we can't host our traditional party, but this is a step we need to take to protect our guests, our artists, our vendors and our staff. We are all doing our parts to help flatten the curve and bring an end to this pandemic."
The change in format hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of participating artists from around the Tristate who are toting their canvases, palettes, paints and other artistic tools to Devou Park throughout the week. Their creations, along with a silent auction of dozens of previously-created artworks, go on the auction block on Saturday. Also offered will be "Plank Fish Delight," an original mixed media piece by the acclaimed late artist Wolfgang Ritschel.
Local 12 news anchor John Lomax will be the emcee for the event. The livestream auction will be conducted by auctioneer H. David Wallace, chairman and CEO of Heritage Bank. In addition to final bidding action, the virtual event will also include artist profiles, a trivia question and more fun.