Women for the Arts Host Celebrity Art Auction Benefitting Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Center

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As unique as the organization, Texarkana’s Women for the Arts (WFA) provides volunteer and financial support for the programs, shows, and exhibits brought to our community by the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council. WFA’s signature fundraising event, Party with Picassos, is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018, and will be held at the Texarkana Convention Center. Cocktails and art viewing begin at 6:30 p.m. with the evening’s main festivities beginning at 7 p.m. The 19th annual event has become a premiere event for the four-state region raising close to one-million dollars to support TRAHC’s mission.

Party with Picassos event organizers, Robin Proctor and Judy Jones, said the “Picassos” event has grown since its inception and builds in popularity with party-goers each year because of its unique format.

“It’s an event like no other- it’s our community’s own celebrity art auction,” Proctor said. “Each year, local artists are paired up with a community member to create original works of art together. The artist serves as a coach by guiding the project and encouraging the community member as they complete the art piece. The works vary in design and style and include watercolor and oil paintings, to metal sculpture, and furniture, among other types of works. It’s so fun to see the finished products featuring works by the unlikeliest of artists!"

To build momentum leading up to the art auction on Saturday night, WFA members host two additional events during the week to allow more people the opportunity to view the art pieces up close before bidding begins. The week’s events kick-off with a High Tea set for Tuesday, March 20, from 4:00- 5:30 PM at the home of Michele and Brian Daugherty. Then, on Thursday, March 22, patrons holding tickets to attend Saturday night’s event, are invited to attend a preview party at the TRAHC building beginning at 6:30 PM to honor the artists, celebrity artists, and event sponsors. 

Organizers said this year’s art auction event features more than forty art pieces and a signature art piece by Texarkana native, Tyler Arnold.

“Tyler is a very talented artist who has a passion for giving back to the Texarkana community,” said Jones. “His contribution is a large acrylic and mixed-media painting titled "The Daily Double." It is a vibrant piece featuring the exhilaration of racehorses during a highly competitive race at a track. It’s design evokes the thrill you experience as a spectator on race day when your horse is coming in for the win!”

The signature art piece is on display now through March 22nd at the Regional Art Center for patrons to view and place sealed bids in advance.

“This is a new feature we’ve added this year,” said Proctor. “We want to allow time for as many people as possible to view the signature piece before Saturday night. In years past, there has been interested bidders who were not able to attend the official event but who would like a chance to bid on the piece. By allowing sealed bids in advance, this gives more opportunities to raise funds and to bring people to the Regional Art Center.”

For tickets and more information, contact Robin Proctor at 903-278-3383.

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