Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Worthy Cause: Support Local Artists

The Orpheum’s 19th Annual Art Sale is going in a new direction this year.  After eighteen years of silent and live auctions, this year’s format will allow local artists to set up their own display space in the theatre and talk directly with potential buyers about their original work or, in some cases, limited edition prints.  Artists will offer works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, sculpture, mixed media, and photography. 

This is an exciting change to our annual event.  The auction format didn't allow artists to talk to guests about their work, and due to limited space they were often limited to bringing a three select works of art. This new approach will allow the artist exhibit the full range of their talents by displaying as many pieces as their space will allow. 

The Annual Art Sale is important to the Orpheum for many reasons.  Not only do the artists have an opportunity to sell their work and get added exposure to the Memphis community, but it's also our way of thanking Memphis artists for the support that they give the Orpheum all year round, particularly during the Orpheum's Annual Auction event in the fall.  They support us, and we want to support them!    

Equally important to us is recognizing the fabulous (and numerous)local artists that are creating works that we all should have the opportunity to enjoy.  Back in the mid-seventies, I owned an art gallery located on Second Street in Downtown Memphis.  It was called the Court Square Gallery.  At the time, I did not know anything about operating a gallery.  I had visited hundreds of galleries across the country and in Europe, but only to browse or - on occasion - as a buyer.  But soon I learned a great deal about the challenges that so many artists endure when trying to make a living  as an artist.  As a result of my personal experiences, I have always looked for ways to support the artists that give so much to their communities. 

This year's Art Sale will take place Sunday, August 11th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  There will be a small admission fee of $10 which allows patrons to enjoy a wine tasting and a few treats provided by the Corked Carrot, an exciting new wine bar located in the historic South Main District.  There will also be a cash bar for those looking to enjoy spirits of another type.  You can get your tickets at the door or in advance online or by calling Brooke Thompson at 901-529-4224.

For any Memphis artists that would like to participate, please contact Brooke Thompson for more details.   

I hope to see you there,

Pat Halloran
Orpheum President and CEO

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