Tabriz haul: $550,000 | Rock Candy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tabriz haul: $550,000

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Surls On Being Back Agin with the Cow and the Bull
  • Surls' "On Being Back Agin with the Cow and the Bull"

The biennial Tabriz auction of the Arkansas Arts Center will net at least $550,000 for the Arts Center's coffers, which will wipe out the current year's budget deficit of $216,280, Director of Operations Laine Harber said.

The fundraiser — two auctions, a black-tie dinner and an after-party held Thursday and Saturday of last week — grossed $813,000, an improvement of $200,000 over the 2011 Tabriz, chair Kakki Hockersmith reported to the board Monday. Thanks to this year's online strategy that preceded the Thursday auction, Tabriz sold $31,000 even before the party got rolling Thursday. Thursday night auction receipts were $93,000, and Saturday's $298,000. Ticket sales (the Saturday night black-tie event cost $750 a head) made up the rest.

The board also learned from director Todd Herman that the Arts Center's sorely-needed new website would go online Friday at The old link, [typo in link corrected], will also work. Herman said the .com address could have suggested the Arts Center was a for-profit business. It will be the first update since the website was created in the last century.

Hockersmith said she didn't want the Arts Center to "lose the momentum" and hoped it would continue to bring in new interest and new dollars. The top three Saturday night auction items: A James Surls drawing, "On Being Back Agin with the Cow and the Bull," for $6,600; a Capital Hotel House Party for $5,000; and a Charleston, S.C., "experience" for 20 for $4,000. Top three Thursday night items: A Broadway show and backstage tour for $2,815, "Sit Like a Pro at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field" for $1,750 and an "interactive" dinner with Chicago mixologist Paul McGee for $1,502.

Another person bought the Arts Center Board Party, in which the board members serve dinner for 12 in the galleries, for $4,000.

The Arts Center board has not yet decided what its off-year fund-raiser will be, but among the things it needs to buy is a backup generator. A wreck nearby that knocked out power to the Arts Center for three hours meant it had to cancel a Children's Theater performance and refund the money. (There are curatorial reasons as well for a system to keep the power going.) Harber also noted that the newest part of the Arts Center is now 13 years old, and the board must plan for updates.

More good news: The Signac Gallery will reopen May 24 with new paint, new text panels and new lighting. Attendance in April was up 10,500 over the year previous.

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Windgate makes $300,000 grant to Pulaski Tech for arts

    A grant of $300,000 from the Windgate Charitable Foundation in Siloam Springs will promote UA Pulaski Tech's arts programming at its Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS), the college announced today.
    • Dec 12, 2017
  • Make like the Big Lebowski this holiday! Dust Bowl may open before Christmas

    The neon orange and green bowling pin signage is up, the bowling pin handles on the front door are attached and the Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge at 315 E. Capitol Ave. should blow in by Christmas, an owner says.
    • Dec 11, 2017
  • More land for East Capitol View, Rose Creek trail

    Jason Baxter's seeming pie-in-the-sky sort of plan to develop East Capitol View may come closer to earth when the City Board at its reconvened meeting Dec. 12 considers as resolution to accept the donation of properties by Leland B. and Janet Jones "for the extension of the Rose Creek Trail" and to designate the land for a public park.
    • Dec 9, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Industrial hemp pilot program coming soon to Arkansas

    One of the booths at this week's Ark-La-Tex Medical Cannabis Expo was hosted by the Arkansas Hemp Association, a trade group founded to promote and expand non-intoxicating industrial hemp as an agricultural crop in the state. AHA Vice President Jeremy Fisher said the first licenses to grow experimental plots of hemp in the state should be issued by the Arkansas State Plant Board next spring.

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation