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freshART – a 27-year tradition continues as Behringer-Crawford hosts art auction and party

For more than a quarter century, Behringer-Crawford Museum has hosted one of the region’s top art events, spotlighting local artists, raising funds for its youth education programs and giving art lovers the chance to buy one-of-a-kind original works.

The 27th annual freshART auction and party will take place in the museum’s amphitheater at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, with a live auction of “fresh” art created by dozens of artists working that weekend in Devou Park. There also will be a silentART auction featuring previously created paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more.

John Lomax, morning news anchor for Local 12, will serve as emcee for the event, which also will include a cocktail reception, auction preview, music by the Cliff Daly Band and dinner by McHale’s Events and Catering.

A highlight of the live auction, which will be conducted by H. David Wallace, will be this year’s “Art from the Heart” by the late artist Wolfgang Ritschel, a mixed media created in 2003 titled “Out West.”

Tickets to freshART are $80. To reserve or for more information, call 859-491-4003 or email info@bcmuseum.

The silentART auction will open at the museum with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, August 31. Also on display will be artwork by local high school students in the first annual Connie O’Donnell Student ART Invitational. The silentART auction and student exhibit will continue through the freshART event on September 14.  Admission to the silentART reception is free.

A portion of the sale price of each auctioned piece will go to the artist; the balance will be donated to the museum, benefiting area children through BCM’s educational programs.  Submitted artworks will be judged by a panel of experts, with $1000 in cash prizes awarded to the first, second and third-place entries by the William & Patricia Applegate Fund.

Participating artists to date include:

Barbara Ahlbrand, Jamie Anton, Tom Bluemlein, Barbara Bonar, Brian Patrick Buchsbaum, Patricia Buckley, Kelly Burichin, Marianne T. Burke, Mary Ann Courtoy, Cedric Michael Cox, Holland Davidson, Mike DeMaria, Bill Dirkes, Fred Dishon, Susan Dodgson, Mary Beth Dowlin, Bailey Dowlin Eiler, Sue Ervin, Zanna Ferree Surface, Sharon Floro, Denise Foster, Tom Gaither, Kimberly Gehring-Cook, Timothy J. Gold,  Randy Goodhew, Valita Dawn Hagedorn, Paula Risch Head, Robert A. Hebenstreit, Jimi Jones, Marsha Karagheusian Murphy, Everage M. King, Cynthia Kukla, Margie Lakeberg, Tom Lohre, Carol MacConnell, Ben Mattingly, Guy McIntosh, Laureen Miklos, Joan Miley,  Parrish Monk, Emma Morris, Kevin Muente, Monica Namyar,  Shane Noem, Sean O’Donnell, Ken Page, Mike Phillips, Patti Purnell, John Rauch,  Linda Herrmann Simpson, Billy Tackett, Heather Tackett, Brenda Tarbell, Suzanna Terrill, Roberta Thies, Susan Tomboly,  Jerry Warner, Trish Weeks, Linda Lee Whaley and Ruthe Wyman.

Since freshART began in 1992, more than a half million dollars has been raised, bringing educational and cultural activities to 275,000 Northern Kentucky children.

Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by its members, the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council, the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation.

Behringer-Crawford Museum celebrates the unique arts, heritage and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley. The museum is located in Covington’s Devou Park, 1600 Montague Rd., Covington.

For more information about BCM, call (859) 491-4003, email info@bcmuseum.org or click here. www.bcmuseum.org.

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