|Friends of the Arts host PostCard Art event|
|Written by Hannah Tomlin, Daily Vidette Senior Staff|
|Monday, 23 February 2009 18:00|
The second annual PostCard Art event will include live music, refreshments, theatrical performances and the opportunity to support the College of Fine Arts while viewing and bidding on many postcard-sized masterpieces.
The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in University Galleries. Tickets are $60, which includes one piece of artwork with the price of admission.
Students, faculty, alumni, community members and various well-known artists have submitted pieces for the auction. Submissions include work by Harold Gregor, Nicolas Africano and Jim Winn.
"Many of the people that will be submitting do not have a concrete connection with ISU. I think that's a really good thing because these people are aware of how helpful a Friends of the Arts scholarship will be," Barry Blinderman, director of university galleries, said.
Attendees will be given stickers to place on the works they are interested in.
If no one else places a sticker on the piece, it may be claimed. If multiple people place stickers on it, the artwork will be auctioned.
"It can go up to $75, $100, $550. There are works in the show that are valued up to $1,000," Blinderman said.
Friends of the Arts, a community organization that works with the College of Fine Arts, planned the event.
"We help out in every way we can, but they conceived of the idea, and they're pretty much the impetus behind it," Blinderman said.
Rhondalon Crawford, chair of Postcard Art, said, "Some friends and I were talking a couple of years ago, and we came across some information about the event from the Royal College of Art in London."
"They have been doing it for years, and it has been a huge success for them. So we thought we would give it a try," Crawford added.
The committee has collected over 300 pieces of art.
"It's pretty amazing what people can do on a 4 by 6 surface. The different types of things they did. some were metal, some were wood, some were paper, some were glass. It was amazing to see the different types of art,
"I think anybody would be intrigued by this event, because it's fascinating to see all of the different art in that small format."
Proceeds from the sale will go toward a scholarship for a College of Fine Arts student.
"We grossed about $16,000 last year, and we were able to give about $10,000 to the university," Crawford said.
Raising money for the needy is the driving force of the event.
Blinderman said, "You can find an incredible bargain in this show, but I think the whole purpose is to raise money for needy and deserving students who can continue their education."
Students from the School of Music will also be performing at the PostCard Art show.
Stephen Parsons, School of Music director, said, "Throughout the evening, there are going to be students from the School of Music performing, several of which are either former or current Friends of the Arts scholarship recipients."
There will be a variety of string music and vocal music. The evening will conclude with a voice performance by faculty member Michelle Vought.
"There are still tickets available, and we would love to have people buy a ticket and see the event," Crawford said.
Further information about Postcard Art can be found at www.cfa.ilstu.edu.