The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) will open its doors at 100 W. Main Street in Allegany this Saturday night, Dec. 7, for their annual 5×7 Art for Everyone Sale and Exhibition featuring hundreds of multicolored, multidimensional 5” x 7” works of art.
For only $15 at the door, attendees will be treated to appetizers from Dina’s Catering and happy hour refreshments as they vie for their favorite one-of-a-kind works of art. Each piece will sell for $25 at the event which will run from 6–9 p.m.
The 5×7 event, sponsored by Fox Financial, not only helps to highlight the work of regional artists, but it also allows the arts council to continue carrying out its mission of enhancing quality of life in the Southern Tier.
Anne Conroy-Baiter, executive director of CCAC said of the event, “We like the 5×7 concept because the price of $25 is accessible to almost everyone, the non-framed small size is an affordable donation to the average artist, plus the event itself is incredibly festive and fun.”
To level the playing field, value and name recognition are hidden and all work will be displayed anonymously in order for supporters to purchase works. Artists will identify themselves on the back of each piece. Attendees will find artwork in a wide variety of mediums from some of the region’s finest artists, including original paintings, photographs, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and much more.
For those who want to ensure getting their top choices, thirty first-pick tickets are also available for $50 (includes admission).
“The first pick tickets add an element of suspense to the evening. At 7 p.m., I’ll draw them in a random order, and each ticket holder will only have one minute to choose up to five pieces. It sounds easy, but it’s fun to cheer on the first ticket holders as they’re faced with hundreds of choices,” added Ms. Conroy-Baiter.
After the 30 first-picks have been chosen, the gates will open and attendees can expect a fair amount of good-natured competition to stake claims.
“In addition to contributions from our generous local artists, we’ve also received many works of art from other states and even other countries, so attendees can expect to add to their collections of area favorites as well as be treated to some quality artwork from outside the Southern Tier,” explained Ms. Conroy-Baiter.
This year’s submissions came from as far away as New York City, Malaysia, and Portugal.
The evening is open to the public and will begin with refreshments and a preview hour at 6p.m. followed by the first-pick ticket drawing from 7–7:30 p.m. The general sale opens at 7:30 p.m. with checkout starting at 8 p.m. The event closes at 9 p.m., but remaining artwork will remain on sale until Dec. 31 along with items in the arts council’s retail shop, Art on Main.
To purchase a first-pick ticket, email firstname.lastname@example.org or buy it online at myartscouncil.net. You can also preregister online (to save time at check in that night.) Arts supporters who can’t attend on Dec. 7 may still purchase a first-pick ticket. CCAC staff will choose for them the night of the event, based on the ticketholder’s preferences.