Art Auction 2018
Ashley Whittle Tiedt
It’s that time of the year again in the River Region—a time when great art, food and music combine in one fabulous event to raise money for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Get ready forArt Auction 2018! The museum’s Art Auction is a biennial fundraising event that has become a beloved and highly anticipated evening in our area.This year marks the 14th Art Auction, which will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Emily Flowers, director of development at the museum, outlined some of the changes and exciting new developments that are in the works.
“This is an important fundraiser and a major special event for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and it is a chance for people to enjoy the chance to collect some terrific art. Planning it is truly a team sport. The works of art available in the auction were selected by an Art Auction Selection Committee, a team of MMFA volunteers and leaders chaired by Lucy Jackson. This group has worked together on these art auctions for manyyears, ensuring that this is always a well-curated event. This year, there will be approximately 300 pieces of art in total—pieces chosen from New Orleans, Santa Fe, New York, Charleston, Atlanta and other cities throughout the country,” said Flowers. Types of artwork included in the auction will be painting, prints, glass, sculpture and jewelry, as well as other items such as art-centric travel and entertainment packages.
Although the elements that have made the auction so successful will still be present, Flowers said there will be some changes. “There is a new formula for Art Auction 2018. In the past, we had a silent auction one night and a liveauction another night. This year, we will have both the silent and the live auction on the same night for one very special event. We will open at6 p.m.and close at10 p.m.There will be three rounds of silent auctions and one exciting live auction included in the evening. The museum will look fantastic, thanks to our new Events Coordinator Aaron Ganey and the Event Committee, chaired this year by Allison Ingram. There will be plenty of delights: champagne, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Jennie Weller Catering and live entertainment. Our sponsors, Merrill Lynch and Rheem’s Heart of Comfort, have helped make this possible,” said Flowers.
Attendees don’t have to wait until the night of the auction to choose their favorite pieces of art. There will be an online catalog available at www.mmfaAuctions.combeginningFebruary 16, 2018, so you can fall in love with a piece before you bid. Flowers said, “The Selection Committee hasworked carefully to be sure there’s something for everyone. There is a new category this year of works of art selected by the Contemporary Committee, which focused mainly on Alabama and regional artists. These pieces will be affordable, contemporary and varied.” Before the event, the museum’s socialmedia outlets will feature tips from curators and appraisers on how to collect art and what to expect from an art auction.
Flowers is excited to be part of the legacy of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the cultural significance it has had in Montgomery. “This is the museum’s 30thyear in Blount Cultural Park. It’s a milestone year. The MMFA is free to the public, which today is nearly unheard of for a museum of this size, and that’s why fundraising events like Art Auction are so important to the museum and our ability to serve our community.” said Flowers. She wenton to speak of the impact the museum has had on the community as well as plans for future growth. “We are committed to providing our community access to art. In addition to our onsite educational programs, we teach art classes at Wares Ferry Elementary and have seen students’ scores improve across the board. We are also opening a two-acre sculpture garden in the fall of 2018 for education, exhibition and entertainment use. Fundraising throughArt Auction and special events enables us to carry out more of these types ofimportant initiatives.”
Start planning now to attend this wonderful event and bid on some one-of-a-kind artwork that you will treasure, while at the same time knowing that you are ensuring the continuation of a local landmark and its present and future growth.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Art Auction 2018
March 1, 2018 from 6-10 p.m.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.mmfaAuctions.comor by calling 334.240.4333.