TAG, The Arc to host ‘Starry Night’ silent art auction
The 12th annual “Starry Night” silent art auction will be held on Nov. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) in High Point. The Creative Expressions Art Studio at The Arc of High Point will also have their works for sale at this $10 ticketed event. The ticket price includes light hors d’oeuvre (from Pepper Moon Catering) and two beverage tickets. Guests are asked to RSVP in advance to Stephanie Antkowiak, the executive director of The Arc of High Point.
Antkowiak said the stars theme would continue with a red carpet and photographers posing as paparazzi, “so the artists get to shine, and meet and greet the bidders with their families present.” She said that they want the community to come and focus on the participants’ abilities instead of their intellectual and developmental disabilities. This educational movement is one that is near and dear to Antkowiak’s heart because of her own two children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She said they have overcome the odds and are both in college pursuing their passions despite teachers, who at first wouldn’t teach them. Antkowiak stood her ground and got her kids a seat in classrooms that were once off-limits to kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She said that no one should pre-destine what a child can do. One of the artists who will be at the auction is Blake Henkle. He has an agent that his mom/manager hired to handle his commissions from a painting he did that was purchased by one of the companies attending the High Point furniture market. He receives a commission from each print sold, Antkowiak said. She said that most of the traditional art would start bidding at $50, while somewhat smaller photographs that came from this summer’s photography program may start at $35. They encourage everyone to come, bid and donate.
Other works of art will be for sale (not in the silent auction) and will include some of the work on their online shop and their store. Some of these items are handcrafted functional pottery, such as pet dishes, hanging bird baths, bowls, wind chimes, fairy houses, hanging ornaments, trivets, marble magnets, dry erase boards, jewelry pendants, pins, hand-painted aprons, iPad and iPhone cases, laptop bags, mousepads, handbags and keychains for people and pets.
Jeff Horney, executive director of Theatre Art Galleries, said that TAG promotes and co-hosts this annual event by providing the space, but that The Arc of High Point board actually fundraises, organizes and puts on the event.
“Jeff has been so supportive of this event for years, I can’t stress that enough,” Antkowiak said. “He is so passionate about people producing art.”
This silent auction is The Arc’s major fundraiser for its Creative Arts Studios and provides instruction and supplies for participants. Antkowiak said that she is “just the math wiz” and gives credit to Liz McKinnon, director of creative arts program at The Arc of High Point’s Creative Expressions Art Studio, as being the “creative genius and amazing artist.” She said that McKinnon’s real talent is working with these artists.
Antkowiak said their creative arts program is designed to give their artists a productive day and the ability to eventually have earnings from the sale of their creations in their classes that include pottery (Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon), sewing (Wednesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.), fine art (Friday, 9 a.m.-noon) and crafts from the former crafts class that is being continued just in the day program for now.
She said that their day program, “Wild and Free,” started a year and a half ago as an extension of the Creative Arts program. She said there are such limited day programs for kids in their late 20s to 30s who have no place to go, so they provided one at $35 a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This program also concentrates on pre-employment skills, independent living skills, raised-garden beds and cooking classes. Recently, they have incorporated wellness classes with yoga and Zumba.
Antkowiak said they are in need of volunteers to assist McKinnon with teaching so they can add after school classes from 3:30-6 p.m.
“TAG is honored to collaborate with The ARC by hosting their annual art sale and fundraiser. The event grows every year, and the art being produced by the artists in their Creative Arts Studios is amazing!”
Antkowiak said, “We hope people come out and exclaim, ‘oh wow! Look at what these artists can do! Not because they have a disability, but because they are talented.’ Come out and hopefully be amazed and help us celebrate the level of talent we have right here in our community.”
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
Nov. 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Starry Night Silent Art Auction, $10 at the door and Eventbrite (RSVP in advance to Stephanie Antkowiak at (336) 202-6192 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Theatre Art Galleries, 220 E. Commerce Ave. in High Point, (336) 887-2137, to visit the store, call Liz McKinnon for appointment at The Arc of High Point, 153 E. Bellevue Dr. in High Point, Nov. 16, 11 a.m-2 p.m.,Verbatim Watercolors by Liz McKinnon at Vida Pour Tea, 412 State St. in Greensboro.