Upstairs Artspace solicits art donations for auction fundraiser held Sept. 1

Published 4:35 pm Friday, August 17, 2012

The Upstairs Artspace is asking supporters and artists, to donate paintings and sculptures for its annual Silent and Live Art Auction. Through this event, artists and collectors help raise money for the gallery’s operating expenses.
“This is an opportunity for friends of the Upstairs to lend a hand to the gallery, and share their love art at the same time,” said Karen Jones, president of the Upstairs board of directors.
Items can be dropped off at the gallery, 49 South Trade St. in Tryon, during normal business hours (Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by appointment. To schedule a drop off, email or call the gallery at 828-859-2828.
A silent auction will be open for public bidding over two weeks, starting on Sept. 1, with all of the donated works on display at the Upstairs. On Thursday, Sept. 6, the gallery will host a “Bids and Bellinis” reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., to offer the public a chance to socialize, place bids, sip Bellinis (champagne and peach cocktails) and nibble on light snacks.
The fundraiser will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a live auction beginning at 7 p.m., but guests are invited to look the art over with wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres starting at 5 p.m.
The Upstairs is also holding a series of “Collectors Tours” during the same two-week period. Visitors will have the chance to view the personal collections of three friends of the Upstairs (a different home each night) over hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, followed by a stop at the gallery for coffee, dessert and a chance to bid on pieces in the silent auction. For details, or to purchase tickets for the tours, stop by the gallery, call 859-2828, or email
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by Allyn Johnson

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