FLORENCE---The second annual auction to benefit art students at Francis Marion University is scheduled Friday, April 23.
Scheduled as the kickoff event for Art’s Alive, the auction will feature art works from prominent artists from across the state as well as the faculty and students of FMU’s art program. Artwork will be available from $25 and up.
There will be two phases of the art sale, featuring oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, ceramics, sculpture and mixed media pieces. From 1 to 6:30 p.m., art works by students will be for sale in the hallways of Stokes Administration Building. During that period, artwork of faculty and area artists will be available for viewing.
At 6:30 p.m. a preview party buffet is scheduled in the courtyard areas of Stokes Building for participants to look over the contributed artworks. The FMU Jazz Ensemble will provide music, and the live auction begins at 8 p.m.
The live auction will feature up to 40 items by artists such as Suzanne Jebaily, Jane Jackson, Harry Hanson, Lynda English, Lorin Mason, Wanwadee Larsen, Marsha Dargan, Donna Goodman, Ashlee Basinger, Joanna Petit-Almasude, Toni Elkins, Maggie Riales, Dorothy Doniphan, Brenda Phelan, Barbara Mellon, Helen Quarles, Walter Sallenger, Pat Fowle and Tom Flowers.
Auctioneers will include Jim Battle, Nicole Boone, Bradley Carter, Allison Floyd, Ed Freedman, Curt Mattes and Agnes Willcox.
There is no admission charge for the afternoon sale, while the cost for the evening event is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Advancement Office at 843-661-1225.
Proceeds from the art sale and auction will benefit the travel fund for art students at FMU. The art sale was begun by faculty to enable FMU students to visit museums in major cultural centers as part of their studies. Last year’s inaugural event raised about $1,500.
Art auction sponsors include Dargan Farms, Fisher Jewelers, Kolor Quick, McIntosh & Lee, Pee Dee Farm Credit and Ridgehope.
For more information, call FMU’s Fine Arts Department at 843-661-1385.