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Paint the Town: Silent Auction & Gala

Friday,  June 1, 2018 | 6-8:30 p.m. 
Cary Arts Center 

2018 En Plein Air painting

Mark your calendar for the grand finale of the en plein air Paint the Town, the Silent Auction & Gala at the Cary Arts Center on Friday, June 1!  This event is free and open to the public!

View the 40 paintings online that the following artists completed on May 5:
Laura Alvarez
Gio Argentati
Beth Bale
Judith Bank
Amy Beshgetoorian
Ari Ferro
JJ Jiang
Tammy Kaufman
Jackie Kennedy
James Keul
Jennifer Landin
Ann Lawtey
Katherine March
Duncan Moore
Brett Morris
Ann Neely
Denise Nelson
Karin Neuvirth
Isolde Samecki
Madison Sugg
Lyudmila Tomova
Ginny Wagner
Christine Young
Caroline Zbavitel

Submit a vote for your favorite painting for the People’s Choice Award at The Cary Arts Center, The Cary Theater, the Page-Walker Arts & History Center or the night of the event. First place, second place, and the People’s Choice award will be announced at the end of the Gala. 

If you find a painting that you would like to take home, you may participate in the silent auction from 7-8:15 p.m.  Auction winners will be announced at the end of the night.  

Enjoy live music and dancing at the Gala from 7-8:15 p.m. 
Refreshments and an optional cash bar will be available.
View the invitation for the full schedule!

For an in-person sneak preview, we invite you to visit Downtown businesses that are hosting paintings until May 29 when they will be returned to the Cary Arts Center in preparation for the auction. We are grateful to the many businesses who participated!  Following is a list of our hosts and the artists located in each business:  

Laura Alvarez
Cary Chamber of Commerce 
Cary Arts Center

Gio Argentati
Chocolate Smiles

Beth Bale
Mayton Inn
Sidebar

Judith Bank
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Everything’s Better Monogrammed

Beth Barger
Cary Pottery

Rick Bennett
Under A Blue Moon Bakery
Page-Walker Arts & History Center

Amy Beshgetoorian
Edward Jones Investments

Ari Ferro
Frantz Automotive

JJ Jiang
Village Art Circle

Tammy Kaufman
Graceful Expressions
Cary Pottery

Jackie Kennedy
Village Art Circle

James Keul
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Bond Brothers

Jennifer Landin
Ashworth Drugs
Edward Jones Investments

Ann Lawtey
Cary Arts Center

Katherine March
Everything’s Better Monogrammed
Kitchen and Bath Galleries

Duncan Moore
Sidebar
Cary Chamber of Commerce

Brett Morris
Crosstown Bar and Grill

Ann Neely
Village Art Circle

Denise Nelson
Johnson’s Jewelers

Karin Neuvirth
Sidebar
Mayton Inn

Isolde Samecki
Cary Chamber of Commerce

Madison Sugg
Chocolate Smiles

Lyudmila Tomova
Bond Brothers
Kitchen and Bath Galleries

Ginny Wagner
The Cary Theater
Frantz Automotive

Christine Young
Kababish

Caroline Zbavitel
Bond Brothers
Kitchen and Bath Galleries

For more information, contact Jewel Kichak.

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Our 2017 judge was Jeremy Sams, a Plein Air artist from central NC.

1st Place ($400): JJ Jiang, “New Perspective”, watercolor
2nd Place ($300): Lyudmila Tomova, “Splash”, watercolor
3rd Place ($200): James Keul, “Farmers Market”, oil
People’s Choice Award ($100): JJ Jiang, “New Perspective”, watercolor

Honorable Mentions
Cheryl Powell, “Jones House”, oil
Nancy Wahl, “Bond Lake Cove”, oil
Karin Neuvirth, “Bond Park Path”, acrylic

Highlights of the 2017 Silent Art Auction & Gala
  • Approximately 200 guests visited the Cary Arts Center for an evening of art, music, dancing and community enjoyment.
  • The Jim McCann Jazz Project and Crosstown Pub and Grill in Cary provided exceptional entertainment and delightful beverages and snacks.
  • $3,915 of artwork was sold during the silent auction; approximately $2,741 of total proceeds was paid directly to the artists.
  • 20% of the proceeds from the art auction ($783) were donated to the Town of Cary’s Relief for Recreation Scholarship Fund.