Here's your chance to get your hands on "The Goods" — and have a night of food, fun, entertainment — all the while supporting Rapid City's arts programs.
The Rapid City Arts Council will hold its 12th annual "The Goods" anonymous art sale and silent auction from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Dahl Arts Center.
A fund raiser for the arts council, the event helps pay for community art programs, subsidize art classes – including those for children -- and helps keep galleries at the Dahl free and open.
"The funds raised are critical to help with our programming," said Emma Rivers, marketing director with the Rapid City Arts Council.
“The Goods” is a chance for art lovers to enjoy food and wine while mingling with friends and showing their support for the arts, said Pepper Massey, Rapid City Arts Council executive director.
“2017 will be memorable because we are including loads of artsy surprises throughout the entire evening, even after you leave for the night. There will be dancing, singing, amazing visual art and more," Massey said.
Tickets for the event are $40; $35 for Rapid City Arts Council members. Included with each ticket is a bid number. People will use that number to sign up for a chance to purchase a piece of artwork that has been anonymously donated by a local or regional artist.
For those who are unfamiliar with “The Goods,” here is how it works.
Sixty-three small works of art will be sold through the lottery sale. Ticket-holders put their bid number/name under the artwork they would like to buy. Up to 25 names will be accepted for each piece of art.
The winning name/bid number will be randomly drawn through a computerized number generator. The winner will pay $125 for the artwork.
All of the art is currently on display at the Dahl, and up to 15 early bids per piece will be accepted. The remaining 10 slots will open up the night of the event.
Once the winning name has been drawn, the artist who created the art will be revealed.
Part of the fun of the night is trying to guess which artist created which piece, Rivers said.
"Some artworks you can tell who the artist is, but in other pieces, the artist has taken an opportunity to work in a different medium or do something different from their normal work," she said.
In addition to the anonymous art lottery, a silent auction will be held for three large art pieces. Those pieces include a David Cameron oil painting; a Becky Grismer sculpture, and a Wade Patton oil pastel.
"These three artists have generously agreed to share the proceeds of their sale with us and were selected based on popularity," Rivers said.
The evening also includes a raffle, food, drink and an array of entertainment.
"We change up the entertainment each year," Rivers aid. "This year we are trying to encompass more arts than we have previously. And we are trying to continue the art from the very beginning to the very end.
"When people leave the event, we want them to be excited about the arts."
To see all of the art selected for “The Goods,” stop by the Dahl or go online to thedahl.org. Tickets for the event can be purchased online or by calling 605-394-4101 ext. 200.