Guests attending Meridian Museum of Art's 2014 Art Auction will be encouraged to "sit back, relax and listen to jazz" as they take a trip back in time to the roaring '20s.
“This might be the most fun we have all year,” said Beth Turnage, auction chairperson. “We’ll have great food, great music and great art. It’s going to be a wonderful night!”
The March 1 evening event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a preview of works of art by the finest artists in the Southeast, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pottery, photographs, mixed media, jewelry and fused glass.
"There will be work of every style, size and price range, making it a great chance to find the perfect artwork for you," Turnage said.
Tickets – which are limited and should be purchased as soon as possible –are $75 per person and may be purchased singly, by couples, by tables of six or for larger groups of any size.
“If you’re a husband looking for a special night out with your wife, this is a great choice,” said Rosemary Kahlmus, a museum board member. “But it’s also a wonderful chance to come with a table of friends, co-workers, or even that big family reunion.With all of the food and entertainment in one place, it might be the easiest great night out you ever had.”
Proceeds from the auction will support the museum’s exhibitions, art classes, special events and other programs.
“The auction is historically our biggest fundraiser,” MMA Board President Dawn Gray said. “And its success is absolutely critical. By coming to the auction, you’re supporting everything else we do during the year.”
The art auction will be held in the museum's art galleries.
The evening will begin with cocktails and artwork preview at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and will climax with the live auction itself at 8 p.m.
Then comes the highlight of the evening at 8 p.m. – the live auction, featuring paintings, pottery, sculpture, photographs, mixed media, jewelry and stained glass. Artists with work up for bid will include: Kent and Winki Allen, Jeff Almand, David Barr, Linda Baxter, Charlie Busler, Terry Cherry, Susan Clark, Mike French, Jerrie Glasper, Joy Greer, Jill Hammes, Millie Howell, Wanda Hunter, Rosemary Kahlmus, Patricia Kent, Alex Loeb, John Marshall, Charlie and Linda Muñoz, Mouise Richards, Karen Rush, Randy Shoults, Terrell Taylor and Maralyn Wilson.
“The generosity of the artists is the backbone of the auction,” MMA Executive Director Kate Cherry said. “And the quality of their artwork is what makes it so successful – we’ll have some amazing work up for bid.”
Auctioneer for the event will be Robert Taylor.
Artwork up for bid in the auction will be on display at the museum during a preview exhibit ongoing through March 1.
"Visitors will be able to get an advance look at the works and make advance bids, which gives art-lovers a chance to bid on works even if they can’t be present for the fundraiser," Cherry said.
“We hope you’ll come out and support this great cause,” Turnage said. “There’s no easier way to support the museum, and in return we can guarantee you a wonderful night out. If you love a great party but don’t like to worry about the set-up, clean up, or any of the details, this is the place for you. It's also great fun to try and outbid your friend or coworker.
• Sponsors of Meridian Museum of Art's 2014 Art Auction include Community Bank and Insurance Solutions of Mississippi. The Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Phil Hardin Foundation, the Riley Foundation, the city of Meridian and Rea, Shaw, Giffin & Stuart, also supports the event.