Dare Arts’ The Great Art Heist, presented by TowneBank, opens this Friday

Dare Arts’ The Great Art Heist, presented by TowneBank, opens this Friday

October 4th, 2023

On Friday, October 6 at 6pm Dare Arts’ fundraiser, The Great Art Heist, will open at their Gallery in downtown Manteo during First Friday.

The opening reception will include libations, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz music by Devin Frazier and Ed Tupper. The reception is free and open to everyone.

“We hope you will join us this Friday for a spectacular evening,” said Dare Arts Executive Director Jessica Sands. “The Great Art Heist is our only fundraiser of the year, and its success allows us to continue offering diverse programming and worthwhile community events. By bidding in this benefit art auction, you are supporting our important work and the Arts on the Outer Banks!”

(Top left) “Moon Rising” (Mixed Media and Encaustic) donated by artist Fred Vallade. (Top center) “Magnolia” (watercolor) donated by artist Rick Tupper. (Top right) “Mini You” (Fractal Burning on Wood, Acrylic” donated by artist Noah Snyder. (Bottom left) “Ginger Lily House – Ocracoke” (acrylic ) donated by artist Marcia Cline. “Two Red Birds Khoiki Box” (Ceramics) donated by artist Carolyn Sleeper. [Photos courtesy Dare Arts]
Featuring the work of over 100 local and regional artists plus performing art experiences, The Great Art Heist offers something for everyone.

“Paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and other wonderful pieces of art have been generously donated to the Art Heist by our talented artists,” said Dare Arts Gallery Director Lynne Francis. “The quality of work in this year’s auction is unparalleled.”

Everyone is encouraged to register to bid online at DareArts.org/artauction now, so that they get straight to bidding once the auction is open.

The Great Art Heist will be open for bidding in person at the Dare Arts Gallery and online from October 6 through October 27.

Once The Great Art Heist opens, Dare Arts will be offering extended hours on Thursdays. Gallery hours while the auction is open are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and closed Sunday-Monday.

If you can’t make it to opening night, plan a private viewing of The Great Art Heist with a group of friends or co-workers. To schedule a private viewing, please email Dare Arts Executive Director Jessica Sands at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com.

Final bids must be in by 7:00pm on Friday, October 27.

The Great Art Heist is presented by TowneBank.

Thank you to Jane Webster, Basnight & Moran Insurance Agency, Gail & Elmer Midgett, Bea & Saint Basnight and Midgett Insurance Agency for sponsoring The Great Art Heist.

For more information about the event, please visit DareArts.org/artauction or call (252) 473-5558.

Dare Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

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