The eleventh annual Art With Heart art auction, which raises funds for United Family Services’ domestic violence programs, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Founders Hall in Uptown Charlotte, NC. WCNC Charlotte Today Anchors Colleen Odegaard and Rob Tanner host the evening which includes silent and live auctions featuring art from many of the region’s most notable artists. Emily and Zach Smith serve as Honorary Chairs for the event.
This year’s featured artists are Alice Ballard, Carolyn DeMeritt, Jayne Johnson, Linda Foard Roberts, Virginia Scotchie and Margie Stewart. These six female artists headline the event and a piece by each artist has been donated to the auction by Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy. These featured artists were selected because of the nature of their work as it relates to the human experience, and honoring the women that benefit from United Family Services’ programs. Their work is joined by 18 other original works of art in the live auction and over 150 works of art in the silent auction. Art With Heart Emerging Artists Competition winner Laura Alma McCarthy will also be included in the live auction.
Work by Jayne Johnson
Other artists and donors represented in the auction include Andy Braitman, Brian Hibbard, Paul Simon, Libby Smart, Anne Neilson, and Charles Walker. The artwork to be auctioned includes paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and photographs and ranges in value from $40-$4000.
Among the many highlights of the auction include donated works from Honorary Chairs Emily & Zach Smith’s personal collection, a hand sculpted wall clock from Nathan Rose and pottery from the renowned Seagrove, NC, potters Original Owens Pottery, Crystal King, O’Quinn Pottery and Phil Morgan.
A raffle drawing, featuring a hand-sculpted stoneware clay elephant by Seagrove, NC, artist Crystal King, is scheduled following the silent auction. The elephant sculpture includes special Art With Heart symbol on banner to commemorate the event and this one of a kind piece. Raffle tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the auction.
Media and corporate sponsors for the event include Bank of America, Berkeley Capital, Big Elm Nursing and Retirement Centers, The Bloom Room, Coke Consolidate, Englishman’s Fine Furnishings, Flagship Capital, Gerrard Homes, Melissa Gustafson, DDS, Halstead Designs, Hawthorne Retail Partners, James A. Herron, DDS, Impact Mailing Services, KPMG, Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, Lisa Sherry Interieurs, The Marks Family Foundation, Mecklenburg County, Moore Van Allen, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, Northwestern Mutual, Oxner Thomas & Permar, Peidmont Natural Gas, Red F, Becky and Jason Silverstein, SunStar Development Group, Syncot Plastics, WCNC Carolinas News Channel 36, and Gracy and Scott Wooster.
About Art With Heart
Started in 2000, the annual auction which has raised over $750,000 since its inception when a group of local women decided to combine their extensive resources to plan a fun and educational benefit to help United Family Services launch programs for victims of domestic violence. Over 50 strong, the Art With Heart volunteer committee is led by Co-Chairs Becky Silverstein and Gracy Wooster. For more information, visit (www.artwithheartauction.com).
About United Family Services
United Family Services, a nonprofit United Way member, is a multi-faceted family service agency. Art With Heart benefits the agency’s domestic violence programs including The Shelter for Battered Women and Victim Assistance Court Services. These programs provide safety planning and shelter, counseling and support groups, children’s services, court and legal advocacy, services for incarcerated women, and on-site emergency room response to patients. For more information, visit (www.unitedfamilyservices.org).
Art With Heart tickets cost $75 and include admission to the silent and live auctions, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Patron level tickets are also available for $150 and include an event ticket, a raffle ticket, premier reserved seating at the Live Auction and recognition at the event.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the art auction, call 704/367.2799 or visit (www.unitedfamilyservices.org) or (www.artwithheartauction.com).