Visual Arts Program

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.


A Midsummer Night's Draw: Drawing Rally & Silent Auction

Asbury Hall in Babeville

drawing by Bobby Griffiths
Since February 2012, 396 drawings have been created by artists within a live, 45-minute time span as part of Hallwalls' twice-yearly drawing rally events, A Mid Winter's Draw and A Midsummer Night's Draw. Participating artists have been invited by the visual arts curator and any drawing rally event illustrates a broad panoply of styles and approaches from artists across Western New York.

These special events are organized for the maximum satisfaction of the art-curious and art-buying public, who can attend and watch a work spring to life upon a blank sheet of archival paper. Some of the audience comes merely to watch the exciting proceedings as 36 artists draw across two rounds of drawing. Others come to not only watch, but to bid on work and leave with a fresh addition to their collection.

Drawings are bid upon following each drawing round in a 30 minute silent auction, with opening bids beginning at $39.

Some drawings draw furious bidding and may sell for a few hundred dollars, but the final bid amounts for all our drawing rallies indicates that it is not at all impossible to procure a work for $150 or $75 or even for the opening bid of $39, should you be the only person whose fancy was captured by a particular piece. From a diverse range of artists drawing with diverse media, you have 36 opportunities to encounter the drawing of your dreams.

This is a timed event. Projected timers on the stage will always tell you how long remains in a drawing round AND how long remains in a bidding round.

7:15 to 8:00pm—first round of drawing
8:15 to 9:00pm—second round of drawing

Each drawing rally includes both artists who have participated previously AND a portion of brand new participants.

No themes are indicated and artists may draw whatever they like.

For Summer 2017, the following artists will be participating and producing brand new work that may just end up in YOUR personal collection:

Bruce Adams • Kathie Aspaas • Adrian BertoloneBradley ButlerTricia ButskiNancy Treherne CraigDenton CrawfordShane DurgeeEl YamesPatrick ForanFotini GalanesBobby GriffithsMichael Hanna • Cody Hughes • Terri Katz KasimovPat KewleyIris Kirkwood • Elizabeth Larrabee • Sarah LiddellRosemary Lyons • Pedro Manuel • Candace Keegan Masters • Ruby MerrittMJ MyersEsther NeisenCassandra OttAlicia Paolucci • Lin Price • Katherine SehrRachel SheltonMizin ShinMark SnyderAllen C. TopolskiEdreys WajedMike WestPatrick Willett

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Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

from Jan. 10, 2020
through Feb. 28, 2020

Sarah Sutton
Knots and Pulses

This exhibition by Ithaca-area artist Sarah Sutton features a series of monochromatic oil paintings that combine representational imagery with distortions and abstractions that create scenarios in flux. They are essentially landscape paintings, but Sutton's treatment of the landscape toys with its sense of space and the notion of the built vs. the natural environment.

Katie Bell
Abstract Cabinet

Katie Bell’s exhibition is a site-specific installation conceived of as a one-act drama starring anonymous artifacts. Functioning like a theatrical set, the gallery holds static characters that reference the interior architecture of corporate and commercial spaces. Sculptural objects are often fractured or untethered to a contextual structure. Functioning as a whole, the individual artefacts are a nod to players on a stage, held captive in space and time.