This Saturday night, the Greater Augusta Arts Council (GAAC) will be holding its annual Wet Paint Party and Sale, which is a combination membership drive and art party. The event also includes a runway-style vintage fashion and hair show presented by Vintage Ooollee and Modish Salon and Spa.
This year, moe than 60 local artists will be auctioning original works. Some artists who will be present are Carrie Brooks, Panny Force, Juliet King, Rich Menger, Lillie Morris, Laura Neff, Syd Padgett, Robin Raymond, Peter Stitt, Rhian Swain, Baruti Tucker and Joe White. Additionally, a handful of others will be onsite painting live and raffling off the results at the end of the night.
“At the event we have live painters. That’s where the ‘wet paint’ comes from,” explained Sallie West, the outreach coordinator for the GAAC. “Usually, we have maybe three to five people painting live. Last year we had about four in one group; this year we’re having two groups painting. They are collaborating on the piece that is happening only in that moment in time — and those pieces will be raffled. In the past all of the work was auctioned, both the live painted pieces and the pieces that were submitted in advance, but this way someone who maybe can’t afford to bid on a painting that was submitted in advance, they still have a chance to purchase raffle tickets and perhaps win a piece of art.”
The artists participating in the live painting raffle are Miles Anderson, Jason Craig, Jessica Hardy, Erica Pastecki, Staci Swider and Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman.
Not only is the event a membership drive for the GAAC, but it is one of the few events where most of the money made goes directly to the artists.
“We are Augusta’s umbrella arts organization,” West said. “Everything we do, we want to benefit artists and the arts community. That’s why the artists who are being represented at this show, at this sale, are being paid for their work. If you were to go to another silent auction, in general, those pieces are all donated.”
So, how does it work? The artist sets the price for piece. So, for example, if an artist prices something at $250 and then multiple people bid on it and it sells for $350 — the artist gets $250 and the extra $100 goes to the GAAC. Last year, over $8,000 went directly to the artists, West said.
The event is free to all current members of the GAAC. Non-members can join at the door, or pay $30 to attend.
“Anyone who attends the event must be a member, and memberships start at an affordable $30,” West said. “The general comment that we get is, ‘But I don’t want to be a member, I just want to come to the party. What then?’ Well, that’s $30. That’s just how we do this. It’s a membership drive.”
This year’s theme for the event is a Venetian Carnivale-style market and it will be held in the Julian Smith Casino. There will be a cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by the restaurants of Surrey Center.
Wet Paint Party and Sale
Julian Smith Casino
Saturday, February 8
Free, GAAC members; $30 and up, non-members
706-826-4702, ext. 2