May 7, 2015

Art 4 Shelter Benefit- Event Recap

The beautiful mini-art I scored for just $30 each at the Art4Shelter event!      Left: Pat Swanson   Right: Chillon Leach
Last night, my friend Michelle and I took part in Art4Shelter, a very well attended art sale/benefit for Simpson Housing Services.   It was probably one of the most fun and engaging art events I've been to in a long time-and for a great cause!  The (free) annual event is hosted by the Burnet Gallery at the Chambers Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.  In one hour of speedy grabbing, guests collect their favorite original artworks from walls covered with mini art, all priced at either $30 or $150.  Proceeds help to support those experiencing homelessness.  With prices so modest, there was not a single attendee who didn't walk away with art. Brilliant!

With well over 1,000 original artworks (paintings, photo prints, mixed media), there was a piece of art for everyone.  Most of the works are small- just 5"x7" and priced at $30 (these also sold the fastest, understandably).  One wall was reserved for the larger pieces- 8"x10" priced at $150.  All of the artwork is donated by artists (both emerging and established) secretly signed on the back and packaged so that only the person who buys it can reveal the artist's name.  Right at 7pm, guests were lined up eight people deep waiting in front of the the piece of art they knew they wanted.  A bell rung, and everyone started grabbing.  Madness!

My 8"x10" watercolor donations to the event this year
I  bought two beautiful pieces of art for myself (pictured above).  I like them because they're different than my own work (to the left) and I appreciate the skill involved.   Although they are made by two different artists, they look so nice together!  Most importantly, they serve as a reminder of the generosity, creativity and the good in so many people.

I would say the Art4Shelter event was a huge success for the organization, while providing guests with a fun experience and cheap original art.  And, there's a nice benefit for us artists as well- mini versions of our work goes home with art lovers and collectors.  I can't help but wonder who went home with my donations this year!  If you didn't make it this year, I highly recommend marking your calendar for next years' Art4Shelter event.