13th Annual QuickDraw Event and Auction

Arts & Entertainment
Laurel Ridge Country Club
49 Cupp Lane
Julie Keiper
May 17, 2014
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Photo by: Diane Giermek Susan Lingg, Artist

13th Annual WNC Quick Draw

Saturday May 17th, 2014 - 4:30-9:30pm

Laurel Ridge Country Club ~ Waynesville, NC 28786


Can you imagine watching an artist create a piece of artwork in one hour? That is exactly what happens at the annual WNC QuickDraw benefit. There will be dozens of brave, talented artists who will partake in this exciting event. You will be able to be to participate as a spectator while the artists design a special piece out of pottery, glass, metal sculpture, fiber art, basketry, pastels, woodworking and more.

Witness art in the making as forty artists challenge the clock and attempt to finish a piece in sixty minutes. Together, artists and onlookers will become absorbed in the creative process. Spectators will be caught up in the excitement of watching artwork in a variety of mediums come to life before their eyes, and will have the chance to ask the artists about their work and inspiration. It's mesmerizing to watch all different mediums at work in this arena. They actually bring their studios to you! You can chat with them before the starting bell and stroll around their working stations as they create original art.

At the end of the hour these completed pieces plus other completed works are offered in a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction fund college scholarships and innovative art teacher grants.  Bid on your favorite works of art produced at the event and take home a beautiful memory.  Attendees will also enjoy a heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet with the artists after the auction.

"QuickDraw has been the primary finding source for our local Art Education program for the past several years. This event has provided over $85,000 in the last ten years for grants and scholarships. Haywood County Schools are very grateful for the hard work of this committee and this successful event," Jenny Wood, Cultural Arts Education Director.

WNC Quick Draw is a unique partnership of artists, organizers, and teachers who are committed to enriching the art experiences of children in our public schools. The fundraiser provides funds for art education in the public schools and award scholarships for graduating seniors to pursue art-related studies.   Since 2002 QuickDraw has funded over 18,000 art experiences in the elementary population alone not including elective courses in middle and high schools.  This year’s event features many outstanding artists from across the region.


Artists find the event as intriguing as attendees: "I fly into color and design mode when I get the first QuickDraw letter of the year . . . exciting . . . edgy . . . !!" Vickie Beck, basketry, volunteer artist.


Painter Joyce Schlapkohl shares, “I've been involved (painted) with Quick Draw) from the first year that Gretchen Clasby started it. It's one of the most rewarding and exciting events that I've ever been involved with.  It is so well organized and fun for everyone.  Plus there are some very nice paintings on display and for the live auction.  Quick Draw has benefitted so many art students and is great for our community.”


For artist Jon Houglum, QuickDraw is one of his favorite events of the year, “With the fellowship with other artists, food, auction and the lovely location, it has been a delight for my wife and I each year and shall remain on our calendar of annual events.  The community support continues to blow me away, and I hope that the economic conditions nationwide do not have a negative impact on the Quick Draw and the purpose for which it is presented.”


Tickets are $50 in advance. Purchase tickets online at wncquickdraw.com or at one of these fine area galleries: Asheville: 310 ART Gallery/River's Edge Studio, Waynesville area: Cedar Hill Studio*, Mahogany House, Hazelwood Soap Co., Gallery 86, Great Smokies Creations, Polly's Florist, Robin Blu*, Teresa Pennington*. (Galleries with * offer credit card sales).


If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation to support art in the schools. make check payable to QuickDraw and mail to:  QuickDraw, 6 Kims Court, Clyde, NC 28721.   For more details on the event and artists, visit www.wncquickdraw.com or call 828.456.6495 or 828.734.8068.



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13th Annual WNC Quick Draw

Saturday May 17th, 2014 - 4:30-9:30pm

4:30 Cocktail Social

Watch the artists as they prepare for the challenge. Also, sign up for your auction number.

5:00 QuickDraw Challenge Begins

Silent Auction Begins

Don't be late! The challenge begins promptly at 5:00 and ends at 6:00. You don't want to miss strolling around the mini-studios observing highly motivated live-auction artists paint to beat the clock. Other artists demonstrate their techniques on work in progress while offering a completed piece for sale during the silent auction.

6:00 QuickDraw Challenge Ends

Preview the framed fine art for the live auction.

6:30 Live Auction

Grab a seat for a lively auction. Original, ready-to-hang art is sold to the highest bidder. Lucky winners take home a piece they can describe with enthusiasm and pride and provide inspiration and support for the art teachers and students in the Haywood County Schools.

7:30 Hors d'oeuvres Buffet

Meet the artists and enjoy delicious food in a spectacular setting.

9:00 Silent Auction Ends