Donated Works Accepted Now, First-Pick Tickets on Sale

by Eva Potter

Start your holiday shopping early or snag works by your favorite artists at the Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s 5×7: Art for Everyone exhibition and sale on Dec. 6 — and everyone’s invited!

On  Saturday, Dec. 6, CCAC’s expansive gallery wall will impress even the most jaded art collector with colorful, one-of-a-kind original works of art donated by regional emerging and professional artists. It’s an exciting visual collection of hangable media like paintings, drawings, tiles, sculpture, fabric, mixed media and more.

CCAC is encouraging artists and artisans to donate 5×7 works in any media. Works must be hangable … think paintings, drawings, tiles, sculpture, fabric, mixed media, etc. Three-dimensional works, like jewelry and sculpture, may be attached to a 5×7 mount. All artwork will be sold at the high-energy 5×7: Art for Everyone event on Dec. 6.

Each year, gifted artists donated a wide selection of gorgeous art including stunning photographs, hand-woven fiber art, luminous paintings, vibrant prints, intricate woodcarvings, sparkling jewelry, brightly glazed tiles, detailed charcoal drawing and more by emerging artists and some big names you’re sure to recognize.

From 6–9 p.m. on Dec. 6, CCAC will open its doors at 100 Main St. in Allegany to welcome the public to the art party. For only $15 at the door, attendees will be treated to happy hour appetizers and refreshments as they vie for their favorites to take home for their viewing pleasure or as one-of-a kind gifts.

Each piece will sell for only $25. Value and name recognition are hidden on all artwork, so pieces are chosen upon visual inspiration but are revealed once you buy.

To add to the suspense, 30 first-pick tickets will be sold for $50 to those wanting better odds at choosing works by sought-after regional artists. First-pick tickets will be drawn individually in random order, and holders will have one minute each to make their choices. The remaining artwork will be available for purchase by those in attendance.

If you’re looking for a fun party evening, then the 5×7 event is it!. Excitement crackles in the air as first-pick tickets are in random order. People have their eyes on their favorites, hoping they won’t be chosen ahead of their turn. Good-spirited competition for a good cause makes for a warm evening.

The unsold pieces will remain installed on the gallery wall and will be available for sale through the holidays. Find out more or become a member, visit www.myartscouncil.net.

The 5×7 is CCAC’s major fundraising event. CCAC relies heavily on the generosity of donors and members for crucial funding that supports arts programming and education in the Southern Tier. If you are interested in making a financial donation, please email tina@myartscouncil.net or call (716) 372-7455.

Artists may identify themselves on the back of each piece and names will be used in marketing for the event. For artists’ guidelines and to purchase first-pick tickets, visit www.myartscouncil.net.