QuickDraw tickets go on sale

April art fundraiser lets teachers color outside (budget) lines
Mar 22, 2013
Photo by: Sandra Hayes Backed by watercolors by QuickDraw painter Pamela Haddock, artist Dave Stone, of Gallery 262 in downtown Waynesville, sells the inaugural QuickDraw ticket to Matthew Wells, vice-chair of the Haywood County Schools Foundation Board. Stone and Haddock are featured artists working live at QuickDraw's annual live-art fundraiser for art in schools. Slated for April 27 at Laurel Ridge Country Club, the annual 'performance art' event connects artists and buyers for a cause, to fund original teaching classroom grants and scholarships. Since 2012, QuickDraw supporters have provided over $52,000 in project supplies and $22,000 in college scholarships. For a schedule of events, visit wncQuickDraw.com.

Tickets for the annual QuickDraw arts fundraiser are on sale at local galleries and shops.

The lively art-while-you-watch event and auction combines an entertaining window on the creative process with an art auction to help art teachers inspire students. Professional artists from across western North Carolina set up studios on location April 27 in Waynesville, to create original art on the spot, while guests watch.

Select artists volunteer to race a 60-minute time clock, while other artists demonstrate their techniques on an original piece in progress. Following the timed QuickDraw, winning bidders buy original art, partnering with artists to benefit art in schools.

Proceeds fund teacher grants and college scholarships to students pursuing art-related majors. After silent and live auction, buyers meet artists over an hors d’oeuvres buffet. This entertaining spring event draws area visitors and art fans to discover and meet prominent regional artists hailing from Asheville to Andrews.

Artists donate half or more of the auction sale to fund creative classroom art projects in Haywood County Schools. Buyers at QuickDraw 2012 enabled art teachers to devise and win funding for creative classroom projects (up to $1,000 for full-time teachers, and $500 for part-time), and QuickDraw awarded $6,000 in scholarships to three college-bound seniors.
QuickDraw 2013 will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. Tickets are $50, and include admission, the quickdraw live hour, auction registration, and hors d'oeuvres social.

To order by phone with Visa or MasterCard, call TPennington Gallery at 452-9284 or Robin Blu at 246-9697. Buy in person with cash or check at  Waynesville locations — Gallery 86, Gallery 262, TPennington Gallery, Turnabouts/Burr Studio and Robin Blu; in Canton at Polly’s Florist on Main Street; and in Asheville at #9 Curve Studios in the River Arts District.

Visit online at wncquickdraw.com for ticket venues, event schedule, participating artists. Tickets are limited, and each year is a sellout.

QuickDraw is dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning for student artists. Call 456-6495 to see how individuals and organizations can assist as a sponsor.

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