The online catalog for Baton Rouge Gallery’s art auction is up and running, but the bidding won’t begin until Friday, Nov. 13.
That’s when the gallery will stage its annual KINETICS art auction, this year featuring 35 artworks created by its artist members. The event is Baton Rouge Gallery’s annual and only fundraiser with all proceeds, excluding 20 percent of art sales, benefiting its exhibits and programs.
“We ask our artist members to donate pieces, but it’s not a full donation,” Executive Director Jason Andreasen said. “Our mission is to support our artist members and make it viable for them to live and create their work in this community. So, we give them 20 percent of the proceeds if their work sells in the auction.”
The evening begins at 7 p.m. and will include food by chef Sean “Foodie Patutie” Rivera and live music by Lucy and the Gamblers.
For the auction, each artwork has a starting price of $100.
“We have art in different media from paintings to ceramic sculpture to drawings and scratch board to photography and blown glass,” Andreasen said. “They range in size from large to small, but everything, no matter the size, will start out at $100. But you have to be there to bid.”
Bidders will use paddles for bidding and will be able to take home their winnings that night.
“The paddles are part of the fun,” Andreasen said. “There are no other auctions in Baton Rouge that do it the way Baton Rouge Gallery does it, and in the end, you’ll not only be able to take home an incredible piece of artwork but hopefully feel good about supporting an organization that drives itself to make an impact on the community.”
Bidders not only can get a glimpse of the artwork at the gallery’s website, batonrougegallery.org, but also view three raffle packages.
The first, “There’s No Place Like Home,” includes a table for 10 at the 2016 Spanish Town Ball, a family photo shoot and print from Amy James Photography, two pairs of tickets to experience the River City Jazz Masters series in 2016, a “Chef’s Choice Dinner Experience” from Hello Sushi, a one-year membership at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum and passes to various local events throughout the year.
The second, “Cruisin’ Into New Orleans,” offers the use of a 2016 Cadillac ATS for a week, a two-night stay at The Blake Hotel, eight passes to the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas or Insectarium, a choice of two New Orleans tours by NOLA Doubloon and a one-year membership to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
The last, “Louisiana Sportsman’s Dream,” includes a guided duck-hunting trip for two in Welch, a 9-foot Dagger kayak from The Backpacker, paddle board rental and lessons for two from Muddy Water Paddle Company and a gift basket from Varsity Sports that includes a new pair of running shoes.
Tickets are $10 apiece, and can be purchased ahead of time, Andreasen says.
“You don’t have to be present to win, but you have to specify which raffle you want to enter, which increases your chance of winning because you’ll only be up against those buying tickets for that particular raffle.”
Brian Fourroux, of Brian’s Furniture in Port Allen, will be the auctioneer.
“We asked him to do it last year, and he was a lot of fun,” Andreasen said. “He has a way of prompting the audience. We’ll also have Leonard Augustus as our master of ceremonies. Leonard is an artist, and he understands the importance of the arts in our community. And he’s involved in a lot of fundraising events for the local arts, including Hunks in Heels and Dancing For Big Buddy.”
And those who don’t want to bid on art or participate in the raffle are still welcome, Andreasen said. “Baton Rouge Gallery always tries to offer a unique fundraising experience — something different and fun. We have a lot to offer at this year’s event.”