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Houston’s Most Important Art Auction Moves to Winter Street

The New Mecca Hosts Two Huge Nights

BY // 11.06.17

This year’s annual Art on the Avenue takes place at Winter Street Studios, the current hot spot for artist studio spaces and exhibitions. Art on the Avenue — Houston’s largest art-based silent charity auction — features more than 250 local artists whose works range from jewelry to painting and sculpture.

Not only do ticket purchases and silent auction proceeds benefit local artists, they serve a larger need as well. The nonprofit Avenue Community Development Corporation (or simply Avenue CDC) is an affordable housing developer. Since its founding in 1991, Avenue has developed 890 units — 186 single-family homes and 704 rental homes.

For true art lovers, a big draw is the Preview Party, which offers first access to the offerings included in the auction. There’s also a Buy It Now option to score an acquisition before bidding at the main event opens to the public on Saturday.

Bites and beverages will be served from local faves such as Jenni’s Noodle House, FM Kitchen & Bar, Fusion Taco, Fat Cat Creamery, BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, JKCO from Javani King, and Poptails.

PaperCity steps up again as media sponsor.

What: Art on the Avenue Preview Party and Auction/Party

When: Preview Party: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6 to 9 pm; Auction & Party: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 6 to 10 pm

Where:  Winter Street Studios

Who: Preview Party chairs Ellie Sweeney and Jessica Pierce; honorary chairs John Cryer III, co-owner of Sawyer Gallery & Studios; Geraldina Interiano Wise; co-owner of Sawyer Gallery & Studios; culinary curator and former PaperCity assistant digital editor Jailyn Marcel; guest juror Paul R. Davis, curator of collections, The Menil Collection. The silent auction features and supports 250 Houston artists including Fariba Abedin, Joe Aker, Sandi Seltzer Bryant, Penny Cerling, Jonathan Clark, Claire Cusack, Jane Eifler, Kelly Moran, Ayad Fadel, Lynet McDonald, Becky Soria, Frances Carter Stephens, Diane Gelman, Michael Golden, David Graeve, Andrew Groocock, Janet Hassinger, John Hovig, the Glassell’s Patrick Palmer and Ken Mazzu, and Rome Prize talent Earl Staley, among others.

Tariff:  Preview Party $100 in advance, $125 at door; Saturday tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Images in slideshow curated by PaperCity arts editor Catherine D. Anspon.

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