I am so fortunate to be part of such a warm and supportive community. The last few nights have been incredible - a small send-off party co-hosted by a dear friend and a long-time project supporter on Tuesday night, and then the big Walk Away With Art Party + Fundraiser on Wednesday night. I am exhausted and glowing and ready to hit the road. Here's the language from the Walk Away invite, to give you an idea of the awesomeness:
Walk away with an original piece of art from one of Atlanta's hottest emerging artists and support an important arts-forward cause at the same time.
This is your chance to party it up in style and then literally take the art off the walls when you go. For $100 per person ($125/couple) you can be a part of this unique event. It's going down Wednesday, March 27 from 7 to 10pm at the W, Midtown.
Fifty pieces of art (five each from ten Atlanta artists) will be on display and ready to hit the door with you. Walk Away ticket holders will draw a number that determines the order they can select from the fifty pieces. (Any white-elephanting or bartering that happens after the selection is on you!)
Supporter tickets are also available at $25 per person. While you won't be able to snag a piece from the Walk Away, you will being able to enjoy the party, and there will be plenty of amazing pieces of art to bid on during the silent art auction.
On deck are complimentary drinks, live turntable action, and a silent auction, which also benefits Crusade for Collecting.
It was absolutely the most fun. Since I typically just work with photography, it was really exciting to have a chance to collaborate with Atlanta artists of different mediums, all of whom I have long-admired and in many cases can call myself their collector. We also were fortunate to have great sponsors - W Hotel Midtown, Binders Art, Cathead Vodka and The Atlantan. Also a special thank you goes out to Liz Lapidus PR for doing a great job promoting the event and even landing me this tv interview!
All photographs taken by the talented Joey Appie: http://www.joeyappiephotography.com
It was a fantastic night of art, but also for me personally, it was wonderful to experience such an outpouring of support and encouragement. I intend to do you proud Atlanta!