Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Keep artists' petals intact with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get admission to both days of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’ 13th Annual Art Auction (up to a $35 value, with lower ticket prices available for members). The event takes place on Thursday, October 13 in Bemis Center's underground space from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturday, October 15 in the first-floor gala space from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
During its annual art auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts fills its underground gallery and first-floor gala space with 444 creative projects from more than 250 local, national, and international artists. On both days, guests can bid live, silently, or telepathically for artwork, which includes everything from stark landscape photos taken by Omaha-based Robert N. Gilmer to bead-adorned Third Eye Dolls from Oakland, California native Flo Oy Wong to frenetic oil paintings from German-born Wolfgang Faller. All funds raised during the auction will go to the Bemis Center, supporting the organization's artist-in-residence, exhibitions and community arts programs.
Thursday also treats patrons to a live DJ and open bar, allowing them to loosen up with a libation before asking a giant paintbrush to dance. A bountiful buffet accompanies Saturday's auction, and complimentary parking transforms cars into lot installation pieces on both nights. Guests can browse online for exact auction times and additional information.