September 16

Bemis 13th Annual Art Auction Opening Reception

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.

Reception 6-9p.m., FREE, 402.341.7130

Over 250 artists worldwide are participating in Bemis’ cyclical fundraising event which directly benefits all Bemis programs and projects.  Since 1981 the Bemis Center has supported over 600 artists. This year the artists-in-residence nonprofit organization built five studios and expanded the residency program to 36 per year. Bemis continues renovation of a 13,000 square-foot sculpture and fabrication facility just east of the main venue.  The four-week auction exhibitions continue the momentum, providing nearly 400 works in Bemis Center’s first floor and Underground galleries including multi-Bemis resident Christopher Romer’s “Darling, You Can Do It!” an oak, beech and paint installation; and Austin-based oil painter (and trained neuroscientist) Jennifer Balkan’s “Your Intuition Will Help Guide You,” an oil on wood with maps, thread and Chinese fortune to name just two.

Sally Deskins

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