Get your art on — QuickDraw coming May 17

May 16, 2014

The 13th annual QuickDraw event will be 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. QuickDraw will feature a cocktail social, the 60-minute QuickDraw Challenge, a silent auction, live auction and heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet with the artists.

Come join the fun and look over the shoulders of the artists as they create one of a kind original art in a variety of mediums — pottery, glass, metal sculpture, fiber art, basketry, pastels, woodworking and more. QuickDraw is a prestigious opportunity for accomplished and seasoned artists to put their talents to the test.

Guest attendees experience the up-close and personal wonderment of seeing each piece built layer by layer.  It provides the opportunity to watch the artists, learn their stories and inspirations, and become a collector of a particular artist and share satisfaction of partnering with an artist to support the arts in the schools.

Other artists demonstrate their techniques on works in progress while offering a completed piece for sale during the silent auction.

“It’s not only fun and challenging, but great to work with some of the best artists in the area,” said artist Dominick DePaolo, who is participating in his fourth QuickDraw. “Who could ask for a better cause?”

The QuickDraw culminates in a live auction where patrons have a chance to bid on the artwork created that day.  All the QuickDraw pieces, as well as many additional major art pieces, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

“Even in the controlled environment of the studio, with ample time to finish a piece, artists push themselves to take chances and do things in the painting that they haven't tried before,” said artist Luke Allsbrook. “This element of ‘risk’ goes hand in hand with good, creative, artwork. If a painting proceeds too safely, under control, and manageable, it tends to die. That's one reason the QuickDraw event is good. You have to throw yourself into the work. The whole painting, done in an hour, might flop, or might be a great success, but that kind of environment is often when great artwork happens.”

Jenny Wood is the cultural arts education director and a big advocate for the success of the event.

"QuickDraw has been the primary finding source for our local art education program for the past several years,” said Wood. “This event has provided over $85,000 in the last 10 years for grants and scholarships. Haywood County Schools are very grateful for the hard work of this committee and this successful event."

Tickets are $50 in advance. Purchase tickets online at or at one of the following area galleries: 310 ART Gallery/River's Edge Studio, in Asheville; Cedar Hill Studio, Mahogany House, Hazelwood Soap Co., Gallery 86, Great Smokies Creations, Polly's Florist, Robin Blu, Teresa Pennington, in Waynesville.

Those who 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 or call 456-6495 or 734-8068.

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