Discover Local Artists, Bid for $50 Original Works at Monster Art Rally

ROANOKE, Va. (April 5, 2017) – Part rally, part performance, and part auction, the Taubman Museum of Art’s third annual Monster Art Rally Thursday, April 20, is a fun night out to discover talented local artists in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 30 artists will gather at the Museum to create original drawings as guests watch. Guests can get a close-up look at the artists’ creative process and learn more about what inspires their work. At the end of the evening, all of the works will be put up for auction for only $50 each. The work goes to the “bidder” who draws the highest card from a deck of cards.

“Monster Art Rally is one of my favorite events of the year since it features original artwork at an affordable price from local artists we love and love to support!” said Stephanie Fallon, adult education manager. “All purchase funds from the event will directly support adult education programs at the Museum, so it’s a great event for a great cause.”

The event timeline for the evening is as follows:

5 p.m. – Live drawing event begins with local artists working side-by-side to make unique works of art while guests watch

7 p.m. – All art goes on view while guests peruse the works up for auction and chat with artists and fellow art-lovers

7:30 p.m. – “Luck-of-the-Draw” art auction begins where all original drawings sell for $50; the work goes not to the highest bidder, but to the highest card!

The Museum’s galleries will be open for viewing, adult and other beverages will be available for purchase, and Will Sellari and Wellz Jackson will DJ throughout the evening.

Originally developed by the Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, Monster Art Rally events are becoming increasingly popular across the country as a fun, approachable way to promote local artists.

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