Everyone can get a sneak peek at the raffle packages online, but they’ll have to be there in person to place their bid on the artwork.
There are 34 pieces in all, and they’re hanging in Baton Rouge Gallery’s back gallery, where the annual KINETICS art auction will take place.
KINETICS is the gallery’s annual and only fundraiser with all proceeds, barring up to 20 percent of art sales, benefitting the gallery’s exhibits and programs.
“We ask our artist members to donate pieces, but it’s not a full donation,” Executive Director Jason Andreasen says. “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 the option of getting up to 20 percent of the proceeds if their artwork sells in the auction.”
But again, patrons must attend KINETICS if they want to bid on one of the 34 pieces of art.
“This isn’t the most artwork that we’ve had donated, but this year ranks up there with the most,” Andreasen says. “And I believe we’re offering the highest quality of artwork this year from our artist members.”
All bids begin at $100 no matter the size of the piece, just as all raffle tickets are $5 no matter the prize package.
Baton Rouge Gallery once paired a silent auction with its KINETICS art auction but changed this format in 2013.
“We realized that a lot of the same items we were offering at our silent auctions were showing up at other fundraisers,” Andreasen says. “We wanted something that would differentiate our fundraiser from others.”
So, this year, the gallery is selling raffle tickets for four prize packages, each valued at $2,000:
? “There’s No Place Like Home,” which includes a spot for two on the lead float of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a table for 10 at the 2015 Spanish Town Ball, and passes to several Baton Rouge events and dining experiences at popular local restaurants.
? “Cruisin’ Into New Orleans,” which includes the use of a 2015 Cadillac ATS for a week, a two-night stay in a premium room at Hotel Provincial, dining experiences, passes to the Audubon Nature Institute and a membership with the New Orleans Museum of Art.
? “Louisiana Sportsman’s Dream,” a package with a guided duck hunting trip for two in Welch, a fishing kayak from KC Kayaks, a K2 cooler, a gift basket from Varsity Sports that includes a new pair of running shoes and sessions at Pure Yoga.
? “Winter Wonderland,” with an $800 shopping spree at The Curtain Exchange of Baton Rouge, a family photo shoot with Amy James Photography, a straight-edge shave, facial scrub and haircut at Ma Maison of Beaute, a holiday pickup meal for four from Juban’s, beauty services, holiday decor, and multiple gift cards to area boutiques.
Tickets are on sale now at the gallery and online at batonrougegallery.org/kinetics. A virtual catalog of raffle packages and the 34 artworks up for bid also can be found on the gallery’s website.
“You can buy them ahead of time, or you can wait until the day of the event,” Andreasen says. “It’s fun to watch, because some people come in and buy a roll of tickets. They’re only $5 apiece, so they’ll buy $20 to $100 worth of tickets. We have barrels set out for the packages, and they’ll walk around putting several tickets into each barrel.”
Still, it doesn’t matter if a patron buys one or 100 tickets.
“Everyone has the same chance at winning regardless of how many tickets they buy,” Andreasen says.
The evening also will offer live entertainment by the New Orleans band Cafe au Lait, which plays a blend of funk, jazz and rhythm and blues. The band features three musicians with rotating lead singers. “American Idol” finalist Michael Liuzza will sing lead at KINETICS.
And any party would be incomplete without food. Stroube’s Chophouse will cater KINETICS for the second year in a row with a menu of Louisiana favorites, as well as a few exotic treats.
Shelly Williams Esnard will be the master of ceremonies, and licensed auctioneer Brian Fourroux will lead the auction.
“KINETICS gets better each year,” Andreasen says. “We have a lot to offer at this year’s event.”