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Quinlan gala, preview event raise funds for arts
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If you’ve been looking for a reason to don that tux or cocktail dress, there’s no better reason than this: the 35th annual Gala Art Auction the Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

The center, at 514 Green St. NE in Gainesville, will hold its auction at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The black-tie event will feature a live and silent auction.

This year’s fine art auction pieces have been juried by acclaimed art appraiser Robert Morring of Atlanta.

Gala 2013 also will feature as guest of honor Gaines-ville’s own Jay Kemp, the 2013 featured painter for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

Ticket holders and featured artists are also invited to attend the Collector’s Night preview party at 5:30 p.m. today. Though the gala itself is sold out, cancellations could leave a few tickets available according to Paula Lindner, assistant director at the Quinlan. Just call the center to have your name put on the waiting list.

The auctions include some 200 different pieces of artwork from artists all over Northeast Georgia in various media. This year, a once-in-a-lifetime art experience with artist Dennis Campay will be auctioned. In this art experience, children will get to work directly with Campay to collaborate in the creation of an original work of art measuring 30 feet by 40 feet.

If black-tie galas aren't your thing, you can still support the Quinlan's "primary fundraising initiative" by attending just the preview party. Tickets are $15 per person. In addition to live music, the price also includes refreshments.

Money raised during the auctions will go directly into supporting Quinlan programs, including classes, exhibitions and community outreach.

Amanda McClure, Quinlan’s executive director, said hosting an elegant event is something the center prides itself on each year. Although the Quinlan's initiatives are designed to support artists in the Northeast Georgia community, McClure says that the support the artists have shown the center has been “amazing.”

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