Works of Heart Valentine Auction: A benefit for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center
Press Release from the Memphis Child Advocacy Center:
The 19th Annual Works of Heart Valentine’s Auction on Saturday, February 12 at 7PM at the Memphis College of Art will be packed with party-goers gathered for a great cause: the kids served by the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. Over 100 leading and emerging regional artists donate heart-themed artwork for auction—artists including Cooper Young residents Carroll Todd, Karen Capps, Cindy Sharpe, Robin Salant, John McIntire, and Suzanne Galloway McClain.
Attendees will enjoy wine, beer, delicious appetizers, and incredible. Admission is $50. Attendees can also choose to purchase a VIP pass for $200. The VIP pass includes admission to the event; access to our VIP lounge on the main gallery floor; delicious hors d’oeuvres, complimentary cocktails, wine, and beer; special gifts; and much more.
Calling Works of Heart a silent auction is a bit misleading – it is anything but quiet. Excitement builds as bidders seek their claim on their favorite Work of Heart. The art is organized into three bidding sections, each closing at a different time. There is a burst of activity that waves through the crowd as each of the three sections prepares to close. A Mississippi State cowbell (provided by anonymous alum) rings to signal the approaching section closing. As each section closes, those bidding on the same piece of art have the option to engage in bid-off. During a bid-off, a “Heart Hawker” outfitted in a feather boa facilitates a mini live auction right there on the spot.
Artwork will be on display at the Memphis College of Art main gallery and available for viewing during the day from Monday, February 7 through Friday, February 11. Visitors will have the opportunity to place early bids on the artwork.
A Valentine to Ted Rust
In addition to being a benefit for the children served by the CAC, this year’s Works of Heart event is also valentine to Ted Rust—a way to honor the memory of this great artist and the contributions he made to our community. Ted Rust died this past year at age 99 after a distinguished career as both a talented sculptor and a skilled administrator of the Memphis College of Art/Memphis Academy of Arts.
Sponsors and Supporters
The success of Works of Heart is due to the generous support of the attendees, dedicated volunteers, and gracious sponsors that make the event possible. The enthusiastic planning committee, under the leadership of Murray Riss, adds the little details that make the event unique.
Jaco Bryant Printers
Memphis College of Art
Morris and Associates
Whitehorn Tankersley & Davis, PLLC
Cannon Wright Blount
Sheryl and Bob Bowen
Precision Prosthetics, Inc.
Adam and Sarah Steen