On Friday, the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council will hold its first benefit art auction, “Let there be Art,” from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Stars Theater and Arts Center at 123 East Vance St. The night will include a live and silent auction with more than 50 pieces of local artwork to be auctioned. The artwork spans a variety of styles and mediums, and includes paintings, handmade jewelry, pottery and glasswork as well as music lessons, art classes and more.
The evening will begin with a preview social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., where visitors can view the artwork up close, meet some of the artists, mingle with friends and perhaps have a drink from the bar. Beer and wine will be available for purchase throughout the night. The live and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m.
The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council is pleased to have the assistance of Auctioneer Jason McCoon of Tory Hill Auction Company for this special event. Jason is a local Raleigh auctioneer whose witty personality and lively auctioneering skills landed him a spot as a co-star of the History Channel series “Real Deal.” McCoon uses his auctioneering and negotiating skills with people who want to turn their cherished antiques into cash.
On Friday night, Jason will help local artists share their creativity and talent with the public while assisting the Fuquay-Varina Arts council in raising much needed funds to support and promote the arts.
The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council is a small, non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and enhance the lives of citizens by developing appreciation of the arts, presenting arts programming and education, supporting local artists and fostering creativity in the community.
In the summer of 2011, the council began organizing “Art after Dark” in Fuquay-Varina, an art walk on the second Friday of each month showcasing local artists. The council established the “Gallery Around Town,” a program that helps maintain a local art gallery in public places throughout Fuquay-Varina by matching local artists with business owners who wish to display their work. And the council created a monthly arts calendar and newsletter.
The organization offers memberships as a way for individuals and businesses to offer support and get involved. Membership is open to everyone, not only Fuquay-Varina residents, and members don’t have to consider themselves “artists.”
However, the director of the organization insists there is an artist in everyone.
Proceeds from the Auction will assist the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council with work supporting and promoting the local arts community. There is no cost to attend. For more information, visit www.FVartscouncil.org or find the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council on Facebook.