Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two tickets to Artopia 2011: Art With a Heart from Big Bend Cares on Saturday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Turnbull Conference Center (a $50 value).
At the annual Big Bend Cares Artopia event, hundreds of local artists offer their creative outpourings to help raise money for educating and supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS. After scanning multiple galleries of ornamental offerings, patrons can place bids at the corresponding silent auctions, which are staggered to eliminate frantic running back and forth. The pieces also face judgment by a jury of local art experts, and the best-in-show is subject to a climactic live auction, eliminating all zombies and vampires from attendance. Bidders can take home thought-provoking works or bid on gift certificates donated by several local businesses. Curious curators can scan the Facebook gallery to get an idea of the loot, or wait to view one of the on-site demonstrations to gain some insight into the creative process.
The Turnbull Conference Center on FSU’s campus has free parking for those with motorized transport or art-laden pack mules.