Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Bottom Feeders" Art Auction

So another cool opportunity has come my way. I am taking part in a silent art auction called "Bottom Feeders" which is to take place February 2nd at Allie Cat Arts in Memphis. All proceeds go to the benefit of the artists in the show. Here is the statement for the show to give you a better idea of what it's all about:


“Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. It's their way of falling.” - AndrĂ© Gide

Bottom Feeders is the best art fundraiser, remarkable considering the competition. Sure, artists take a chance by setting their own minimums, but this ensures no dramas over alleged masterpieces snatched by low-ball bids. Plus, 100% of the proceeds go to the artists, which seems almost criminal for what is truly just a serious hobby. Allie Cat Arts has generously and courageously opened its doors for this one-time stunt.

Bottom Feeders is sympathetic to entities relying upon artists’ donations to garner funds, when other entrepreneurs would be hard-pressed to shoulder the shear magnitude of events throughout the year. Everyone knows that art making is a speculative enterprise anyway, so fundraisers offer the artists that much-ballyhooed “exposure.” Heck, desperate artists feel snubbed if they don’t get invited to garnish a duplicate for one of the highfalutin soirĂ©es. Other artists are happy just to get a free meal or a couple of drink tickets—I certainly am.

The truth is, art auctions are beneficial for all parties involved. Who wants to seem like the stingy artiste smugly guarding the value of his wares against the ghettoizing of art in a struggling market? (Just enjoy the party, have a couple drinks, and don’t forget to wear the name tag). It’s for a good cause and one may completely write-off the costs of materials as a charitable donation (I’m a found object artist, so that’s about a buck-fifty, but every little bit helps).

The art objects swim on the lower four feet of gallery walls to acknowledge their relative value in the economic food chain. Happy angling.

Velluto Marcely, curator

The Bottom Feeders art exhibit and silent auction will be held Saturday, February 2 from 5-9 pm at Allie Cat Arts. The event will feature work by several major area artists, including Greely Myatt, Dwane Butcher, Tad Lauritzen Wright, Jan Hankins, Lurlynn Franklin, Barry Joyce, Michelle Duckworth, Karen Capps, and many more. Plus, meet the artists, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and view our unique collection of fine art, pottery, sculpture, glass, and gifts. For more information, visit or call 901-830-8047.

Allie Cat Arts is the newest addition to the trendy, “historically hip” Cooper Young Neighborhood. The gallery/shop exhibits emerging, mid-career, and professional artists primarily located within the greater Memphis area. The current exhibition showcases a variety of fine art and gifts by over 50 local artists.

Allie Cat Arts - 961 S. Cooper, Memphis, TN 38104 - 901.722.0094 or 901.830.8047 - -

Funny stuff, right? Anyway, here is my submission. 

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