On February 10, the Memphis College of Art was filled with over 100 gallery-quality heart-themed pieces created by leading regional artists. Artists included long-time Works of Heart contributors like Dolph Smith, Tootsie Bell, Maritza Davila, John McIntire, and NJ Woods. Joe Birch from Action News 5 served as emcee.
Most guests purchased $75 general admission tickets, which included complimentary beer, wine and appetizers by Another Roadside Attraction Catering. Another option was to purchase tickets to our exclusive Big Heart Lounge.
A ticket to the Big Heart Lounge provided access to the beautiful posh lounge, with full bar, on the main gallery floor. Big Heart Lounge guests enjoyed cocktails by renowned bartender David Parks and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Big Heart Lounge guests also received a personal work of art created by a Works of Heart artist, a free Works of Heart tee, and other special gifts. Big Heart Lounge tickets were $200.
Preview Week. The art was on display Monday, February 5 through Friday, February 9, in the main gallery of the Memphis College of Art. “Heart Sitter” volunteers were on hand to provide information about artists and assist with bidder registration.
Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers! Works of Heart is a success because of the generous support of our guests, our committed volunteers, and our supporters--not to mention the artists who graciously donate their time and creativity. Their work is absolutely superb. Our hardworking committee, under the leadership of Murray Riss and Sheryl Bowen, planned an outstanding event for you!
Bid-Offs. At Works of Heart, we have a rather unique aspect to our bidding process. If you and at least one other person are actively bidding on a piece when the section closes, you can continue bidding! There are some rules, however. First, all participants must be present when the bell rings—and they must be actively bidding, in writing, on the bid sheet.
During a bid-off, you can continue writing bids after the bell until only one bidder remains. At that time, one of our heart hawker volunteers (wearing a fabulous hat or feather boa) will circle the highest bid and the sale is final. Once a heart hawker has circled the highest bid, the bidding cannot be reopened for any reason. Minimum bid increments are $20.
If you have any questions at the event, our heart hawker volunteers can answer your questions about bid-offs.