By Darla Shelden
The fifth annual Individual Artists of Oklahoma’s Money Talks, Art Walks fundraiser, will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 7-10 p.m. in Oklahoma City at the IAO Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan Avenue.
Those in attendance can add affordable art to their collection in game show-like fashion. The selection will comprise two hundred works created by emerging, mid-career and established Oklahoma artists on walls, pedestals, and under “mystery boxes’ to be chosen by the lucky buyers. The artwork will be shown without title information, only identifying the artist after that work has been sold.
“We love to have emerging artists included in Money Talks, Art Walks. This fundraiser provides young and new artists an opportunity to have their work exhibited alongside more established and professional artists. It’s really a great networking opportunity,” said Clint Stone, IAO Executive Director, “Art collectors seem to love the fun and excitement by having a very limited time to make their selection.”
The night begins with approximately 30 minutes of viewing time to explore the displayed artwork. The items concealed under the mystery boxes will remain hidden until selected by a patron. All of the artwork, available for $50 to $100, can be purchased only through the ‘luck of the draw.’
William R. Struby, artist and founder of Money Talks, Art Walks said, “I think part of the success of the event is the energy generated by the ‘game-show’ format—the excitement of the drawing, but for art collectors this is also a great opportunity to get interesting art at great prices.”
Attendees will have the option to buy Money Talks tickets for three pools: $100, $75 or $50. Only 200 Money Talks tickets will be available for the 200 pieces of art on display.
Collectors can buy as many tickets as they wish in any or all of the pools.
Craig ‘Moose-Ondaluce’ Alleman will be the emcee and ‘Mooster of Ceremony. ‘He will begin the three groups of random drawings with the $100 pool, followed by the $75 pool and then the $50 pool. Alleman will be accompanied by the comedic antics of his assistants from Red Dirt Improv.
The limited selection time, where high energy collides with an art sale, will create a fun atmosphere for both patrons and spectators. Each time a ticket is pulled and a name is called, the winner will have only 30 seconds to pick the piece of their choice from the remaining artwork .
For the second year Money Talks will include both two and three-dimensional artwork. Two-dimensional work—drawings, monoprints, paintings, collages, photographs, etc., will be 8.5″ x 11″ or smaller, on paper only, and presented unframed and unmatted. Three-dimensional work—sculptures, pottery, or craft—will be 8.5″ x 11″ x 11″ or smaller, and can be cast, carved, modeled, or constructed.
Tickets will be available at the door for $10. The evening’s refreshments will be provided by Jazmo’z Bourbon Street and Joey’s Pizzeria.
IAO’s mission is to support and celebrate the work of emerging and established artists who are experimenting in all media, including visual art, poetry, film, video, and performance.
Proceeds from the event support year round programming at Individual Artists of Oklahoma. For more information visit iaogallery.org or call 405–232–6060.