Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s (GVT) 21st Annual Art Auction, scheduled for July 11, is the largest fundraiser for GVT and continues to grow because of the support of area artisans. Every year artists from the Greenbrier Valley and around West Virginia graciously donate a piece of their work to help GVT continue to produce live, professional theatre. Donations are a unique variety of items such as wall art, handcrafted jewelry and sculpture.
Michael K. Cope of Frankford donated a turned wood bowl made from a fresh sugar maple burl. Cope’s work is featured in Harmony Ridge Gallery in Lewisburg, Vivian’s Art Gallery in Charlottesville, VA and Dragonfly Gallery in Fayetteville, TN.
Photographer Ben Long donated a perfect image of West Virginia in the fall. His photograph called “Canaan Loop” features the exquisite foliage of autumn. Long is a Frankford farmer who loves to take pictures.
Making her public debut is Lewisburg artist Karen Whitt with three extraordinary pieces, including “Pathways.” The 3 foot by 4 foot canvas features bright enamel and a unique texture. Whitt has always had a passion for the arts and began actively painting over the past two years.
Also on the auction block are travel packages as well as unique local experiences. Smooth Ambler Spirits VIP After-Hours Distillery Tour and Tasting for 20 guests. The evening will include a batch of specialty cocktails upon arrival followed by a private tasting and tour of the Spirit of West Virginia. All bidders for the Smooth Ambler Spirit Package must be 21 years or older.
Join GVT for the live 21st Annual Art Auction on Saturday, July 11. A preview party with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and silent auction opens at 6 p.m. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. Tickets to the preview party are $12 and can be purchased at GVT’s box office in person or by phone at 304-645-3838 or online at gvtheatre.org.