Scottsdale Artists’ School’s is set to host its annual fundraiser, Beaux Arts, as a virtual event that will take place Nov. 7-14.
Beaux Arts is an extensive art auction that features a variety of original artwork from renowned professional artists including oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, sculptures and more.
The auction also offers a limited set of juried work from the school’s student artists as well as travel packages and unique treasures.
“In the midst of ever-changing circumstances, we made the decision to turn Beaux Arts into an engaging virtual event,” said Scottsdale Artists’ School’s Executive Director Trudy Hays.
“These are difficult times for many businesses. As a nonprofit, SAS is facing new and different challenges each day and much of our programming depends on proceeds from Beaux Arts.”
For 37 years, Scottsdale Artists’ School has been a prominent influence in the community teaching the fundamentals of fine art to artists and aspiring artists of all ages and skill levels.
Taught by the nation’s leading artists, the school offers diverse programming and scholarships to a range of students who might not be able to receive this education without assistance. Proceeds from Beaux Arts are used to support these programs, the press release stated.
The auction will begin at noon Saturday, Nov. 7. Art enthusiasts are invited to join and support the school. Registration is free. To sign up, visit the School’s website.
Guests will have the opportunity to bid on the Beaux Arts Signature Painting, “Navajo Cliffs," by William Hook, a 12x12, acrylic on board painted exclusively for the event.
Mr. Hook, a leading landscape painter known for his broad brushstrokes of vivid color and intimate scenery, is an instructor at SAS. He has been featured in many high-end art magazines and his paintings can be found in permanent collections across the United States.
In addition to the auction, guests can purchase tickets to win the 2020 Signature Raffle Sculpture, a piece by Sandy Scott, who has donated one of her favorites titled “Cat Goddess” from her private collection.
Ms. Scott is a master sculptor whose art graces many well-known venues across the U.S. including the Clinton Library, which showcases her “Presidential Eagle."
Each day throughout the event week, interactive activities will take on social media including: artist interviews, studio tours, the opportunity to win daily “door” prizes and more.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, bidding will culminate in a live wrap-up party.
Guests can join on Facebook or YouTube and dress up in their fanciest Beaux Arts attire or their swankiest pajama set, place their final bids and support the school.
“Taking Beaux Arts to a virtual platform has been both exciting and challenging,” said Ms. Hays. “Beaux Arts is a social event; attendees look forward to mingling and celebrating the night with other art devotees — we are doing our best to create that feeling online and going virtual allows our instructors, students, and art community, from around the world to participate. We may not be able to gather in person, but we’re not letting that stop the party.”
For more information on Beaux Arts 2020 or the newly announced 2020-2021 schedule, call the school Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.scottsdaleartschool.org.