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Halloween Bash + Auction

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Studios Inc | Kansas City, MO - 1708 Campbell Street [ map ]

Join the Alliance of Artists Communities as we celebrate with an evening of awe-inspiring performance and ghoulish fun at our annual auction party! All are welcome at this one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration in The Studios Inc. gallery space in downtown Kansas City, MO. 

Musician Mark Southerland will create his award winning "Noise Camp" to usher in a hallow's eve unlike any other. Come enjoy a beguiling mix of jazz standards and free improvisation from the musicians of his candy-colored crew.

Bid on amazing retreats, classes, and stays at artist communities across the country, as well as original art and jewelry to fit every budget.

Come in your most dramatic Halloween attire, grab a hand-made mask by the artists of Kansas City's Whoop Dee Doo, or stop by our facepainting station. A prize will be awarded for most inspired costume of the night! (costumes are not required for this event)

Tickets to the event are $35 and include food, drinks, live music, and admission to the party.

Don't miss out on this enchanted evening! 



Interested in bidding on auction items? Check out a sneak preview below of live auction items, creative escapes, and fine art and jewelry.

Live Auction Items


Weekend at Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Enjoy an exclusive weekend stay for two at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in the recently completed Diane Middlebrook Studios. Spend your weekend in one of four bold, solar-powered individual artist cottages designed by internationally recognized American architect Cass Calder Smith. Each studio offers privacy and optimal views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Take in the pristine beauty of the natural landscape and the panoramic ocean views while viewing a selection of the more than 40 site-specific sculptures created by visual artists over three decades.

Each year dozens of artists from across the United States and around the world travel to the open hillsides and deep redwood forests of Djerassi Resident Artists Program to take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings and seek refuge from the distractions of the world to concentrate on their creative projects. Now in its 32nd year, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program has provided over 2,000 artist residencies and currently serves approximately 90 artists each year.

Location: Woodside, California. Djerassi Resident Artists Program is located approximately 1 hour from San Francisco, 1 hour from San Jose, and 30 minutes from Palo Alto.

Estimated value: Priceless

The Fine Print: The auction package includes housing, two dinners at the director’s house, a sculpture hike, a private tour of the property, and a $500 VISA debit card for travel expenses. Trip must be used before 2014, and arranged with the Executive Director by the end of 2012.


One-week class at Ox-Bow

Ox-Bow offers a wide range of art-making opportunities for people at all creative levels. With year-round programs that cater to degree-seeking students, professional artists, and those new to the arts, Ox-Bow is a peaceful place where creative processes break-down, reform, and mature.

Immerse yourself in a one-week course in one of six studio areas available from June to August: Ceramics, Glass, Painting and Drawing, Papermaking, Print, and Sculpture. Enjoy your stay in a 19th-century landmark inn and engage in conversation with fellow students during meals. Then, take in the Ox-Bow campus, comprised of 115-acres of dunes, forests, and trails, where Lake Michigan provides cool breezes on warm summer nights.

Location: Saugatuck, Michigan.  Saugatuck is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River and is defined by steep, rolling dunes to the west and lush orchard country and farmland to the east. Saugatuck is a small, vibrant community just 2 hours from Chicago.

Estimated value: $1,100

The Fine Print: The auction package includes a one-week (7-day) course (including lab fees), housing, meals, and a $500 VISA debit card for travel expenses. The class is not available for college credit.




Two-week Residency Stay at Serenbe

Serenbe, a 1,000-acre community located less than 30 minutes from Atlanta, is characterized by a strong desire to live a life full of art, nature, and fellowship.
Invigorate your creative practice with a two-week residency at Serenbe.

This item is intended for purchase by an artist or a patron with a special artist in mind.

Visual artists working in painting, drawing, environmental arts, and mixed media, as well as composers and writers are welcome. The residency includes a private studio and a private apartment steps away from paths that take you through both forest and meadow in a community of private gardens and public farms, of hamlets connected by looping country roads, and trails for walking, hiking, and biking.

Location: Serenbe, Georgia. Serenbe, nestled in Chatahoochee Hill Country, is a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S.— focusing on land preservation, sustainable agriculture, green design, walkability, arts and culture, and community living. 

Estimated value: $1,900

The Fine Print: This package includes private housing, a private studio, several dinners with the community at Serenbe Supper, a $700 residency stipend, and a $500 VISA debit card for travel expenses. Arrangements must be made for the residency to take place in 2013. Artists are asked to give an informal presentation of their work to the community.




Weekend Workshop in Soho

Take a weekend to delve into your work, explore new ideas, meet extraordinary teaching artists and collaborate with others at the Millay Colony's Weekend Workshops held at the Trisha Brown Studio in Manhattan. The two-day workshops offer an immersive session with some of the most exciting teaching artists around focusing on a range of writing genres from contemporary poetry to critical writing as creative practice.

Spend the days in lively, focused, exploration of your writing practice. The evenings offer time to explore the city during your two-day stay. And at the end of the day, relax in your luxury hotel room at the NoMad Hotel. Housed in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia, the hotel is intended as a fresh take on the classic grand hotels of Europe with a distinct New York sensibility. Each room is appointed with hand-selected, richly textured custom-designed furnishings and original artwork.

Location: New York, New York. The NoMad hotel is located in the heart of the historic NoMad neighborhood (North of Madison Square Park). Bordered by the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park to the South, Chelsea to the West, and Midtown/Times Square to the North, The NoMad Hotel is centrally located to the best the City has to offer. 

Estimated value: $1,750

The Fine Print: This package includes a 2-day workshop, a 2-night stay at NoMad Hotel, and a $500 VISA debit card for travel expenses. Each day runs from 10am to 3pm, and includes morning coffee/tea, and lunch. Workshops are typically held during the months of April, May and June. This auction package is valid for workshops available in 2013.




Jazz and Heritage Festival Weekend Stay at Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans

Stay up to 4-nights at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, Louisiana during the famed Jazz and Heritage Festival.  Hailed as “the country’s very best music festival" the Jazz and Heritage fest is a celebration of Louisiana's musical roots and has featured international talents, including: Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie. Choose from one of two weekend stays (April 25-28 or May 2-5, 2013) and immerse yourself in an inspiring celebration of music, food and culture.

Based in the culturally diverse and historic city of New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center aspires to be a place for creation, innovation and transformation. The center provides a forum for artists and a welcoming, inclusive gathering place for the arts and the broader community of New Orleans.  

You will feel right at home during your stay in their light-filled historic residence.  Wake up in one of their elegant bedrooms overlooking the property, enjoy a glass of iced tea on the broad front porch or take an evening swim in the garden pool. 

Estimated value: $1,200

The Fine Print: Reservation must be booked 90 days in advance. Offer expires May 5, 2013. Certain restrictions apply.


An Evening of  Wonder at Yaddo

Seize your chance to get an inside view of Yaddo, an artists' community in Saratoga Springs, New York, with a rich history and dynamic communiy of artists. Normally closed to the public, Yaddo opens once a year for an intimate program and party, limited to 200 guests. The event is held in Yaddo's beautiful and historic Mansion, A Victorian home that serves as the centerpiece of life for artist guests at Yaddo and is itself an artistic treasure, with an impressive collection of Tiffany windows and period furniture.

You will receive two tickets to this exclusive celebration in June 2013 (date TBD) - a much anticipated and consistently sold-out evening, plus an overnight stay at one of the charming inns that populate the enchanting countryside of Saratoga Springs, for decades a seasonal playground of the rich and famous.

See for yourself the setting that has since 1926 inspired creative artists from Aaron Copland and Truman Capote to Lisa Cholodennko and Susan Orlean. Enjoy a spectacular performance and party in the Mansion, share a drink and chat with some of the artists currently in residence a the fabled retreat, and then relax in the comfort of your room and discover what has made Saratoga Springs "the summer place to be" for generations of visitors.

The Fine Print
This package includes 2 tickets to "An Evening of Wonder" in June 2013 and overnight accommodations.

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York

Estimated value: $600

Escapes and Experiences




Blue Ridge Mountain Weekend Getaway to Penland School of Crafts

Escape to the national center of craft education in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for a weekend of beauty, relaxation and creativity.

Four couples or eight guests will enjoy the comfort and luxury of the Penland Guest House for a weekend visit. A private tour of the campus may be arranged, and studio visits to artists in the area can be suggested. A stay at Penland promises to engage your spirit through the arts, the environment, and a peaceful retreat.

Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland encompasses about 400 acres and 51 buildings, and more than 1,200 people each year seek instruction in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The area surrounding the school is home to over 100 professional craft artists.

Location: Penland, North Carolina. Penland School of Crafts is located near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina, 1 hour northeast of Asheville, 1 hour from Johnson City, 3 hours from Charlotte, 1 hour from Marion, and 3 hours from Knoxville.

Estimated value: Priceless

The Fine Print: The package includes accommodations for up to 8 guests at the Penland Guest House (a 4-bedroom, 3-bath house with a full kitchen and gracious living room) for a 2-night stay (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday). Guests may prepare their own meals in the Guest House or purchase meals in the Penland Dining Room and in the Penland Coffee House. Specific dates are to be coordinated through Penland School of Crafts.


One-week Artist Residency at Grunewald Guild Retreat

Retreat to the evergreen forests of the Cascade Mountains for a week-long artist residency at the Grünewald Guild—an artist residency center and ecumenical Christian community 14 miles northwest of Leavenworth, Washington.  Snowcapped peaks, rushing waters, and golden meadows welcome, inspire, and create the perfect backdrop for inspired work and uninterrupted reflection.  Your stay is designed with a minimum of programming or other obligations so you can focus on work and retreat.
Begin each day with a simple continental breakfast and a walk amongst the tall ponderosa pines surrounding the campus. Retreat to one of the many fully-equipped studios (accommodating ceramics, printmaking, stained glass & enameling, painting & drawing, and fiber arts) and spend the day pursuing your craft. A light lunch is delivered to your studio each day, and in the evenings relax in the library overlooking the quiet woods or mix with other artists during a evening community gathering.

Location: Leavenworth, WA

Estimated value: $500

The Fine Print: Artists are provided with housing, meals, studio space, and access to the Guild’s facilities. The residency is available between March 8th and 22nd, 2013.


Weekend Visit to McColl Center for Visual Art

Spend a weekend exploring the nationally acclaimed McColl Center for Visual Art, a state-of-the art center for contemporary artists located in Uptown Charlotte. Discover their award-winning facility – housed in a restored neo-Gothic church – including nine artist studios and over 5,000 square feet of gallery space.

Immerse yourself in Charlotte's vibrant Arts District, which includes the new Mint Museum, the Levine Center of the Arts, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the New Gallery of Modern Art, and The Light Factory. 

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Estimated value: $1,000

The Fine Print: This package includes two nights accommodations in the Center’s gorgeous on-site condominiums, a tour of the Center, a visit with current artists, and a gourmet meal with the Center’s Executive Director/President, Suzanne Fetscher. Travel arrangements/costs are not covered by the Center.




One-night Presidential Suite Stay at Pfister Hotel and Tour of Private Collection

Nestled in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, the majestically restored Pfister Hotel, built in 1893, has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for over a century, and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style. Milwaukee is well-known for its rich arts and theatre venues, and the Pfister hotel is located in the heart of the cultural and entertainment community.

 Take a leisurely stroll by Lake Michigan after your visit to the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum. The museum houses a diverse collection, specializing in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, American decorative arts, and folk and self-taught art.

A two-bedroom suite with full living room and breathtaking views of the city and lake, the Presidential Suite is the height of deluxe accommodations. In addition to the extraordinary architecture and a welcoming ambiance, Pfister Hotel holds a priceless Victorian art collection. Enjoy a private tour with Pfister's artist-in-residence as part of this auction package.

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Estimated value: $1,000

The Fine Print: The package includes overnight accommodations for two in the Presidential Suite (room & tax included, and a late checkout of 2:00pm), a Pfister Art Tour with the artist-in-residence, and admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum.


One-week residency at Azule in Hot Springs, North Carolina

AZULE, an emerging center for art and community, offers a retreat and residency program for artists, craftsmen, writers, architects, builders, environmentalists, academics, educators, social workers, researchers, or anyone who wishes to enjoy the Appalachian Trail and AZULE’s vast resources in support of creative activities.

This one-week residency includes a private room, studio, and access to all AZULE’s facilities.

Location: Bluff, North Carolina is located 7 miles from Hot Springs and 50 miles from Asheville in the heart of the Appalachian Trail. Charlotte is three hours away.

Estimated value: $350

The Fine Print: The residency includes housing for one or two with shared bathroom, studio space, and access to all facilities. Residents are responsible for preparing their meals, and the property includes an equipped kitchen. Specific dates must be coordinated with AZULE and take place in 2013.

Fine Art and Jewelry

   “Stein Pilz”  by Josette Urso

 Josette Urso creates paintings, drawings and collages working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment. For Urso, space is a malleable substance that she delights in manipulating acrobatically in a kind of gymnasium of mark making and image collision all governed by intuitive leaps of scale, color, and a wayward geometry. Urso has shown widely in the United States and abroad including at the New York Public Library, the Drawing Center, and the Bronx Museum for the Arts. 

Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

Medium: oil on panel painting
Year: 2010
One of a kind, signed on back

Estimated value: $3,500


“Providence Industrial” Limited Edition Shepherd Fairey Poster

This is a limited edition print by Shepherd Fairey--a contemporary American graphic designer and illustrator best known for the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" (…OBEY…) sticker campaign and the Barack Obama "Hope" poster.  This two-color screen print commissioned by Providence-based art center AS220 is based on Shepherd's largest mural to date, located in downtown Providence.

Fairey writes: “The print contain[s] all Providence landmarks that were part of my life while I lived there. Some remain glorious while others have fallen into disrepair but found second lives in other ways…red striped tower is the former location of a huge textile factory called Atlantic Mills. The mill closed, but now the warehouse rents spaces to artists and bands…The image is both celebrating Providence industry and Providence’s industriousness in the wake of declining industry.”

Dimensions: 18” by 24”
Screen print
Edition #: 429/450 – Signed

Estimated value: $150


Commissioned Letterpress Printed Poster Edition

Let Chicago’s Greenware Press design an edition of one-of-a-kind posters for your next event!  Work with master printer Meredith Winer (founder of TRANSIT artist residency) to design a dynamic poster with up to four colors.  After design is completed Greenware will create a run of 100 signed prints for the auction winner. 

Image on right depicts a similar limited edition series done for ISLAND’s 3rd annual benefit in 2009.  Don't miss your chance to represent your organization with a dynamic visual statement you can display for years!

Dimensions: no more than 13” x 22”
Medium: Letterpress printed on a Vandercook

Estimated Value: $500-1000 depending on design

The Fine Print: Winner must pay added costs for linoleum and polymer plate purchases, as well as paper stock, and shipping charges (approx. $175). MRW/Greenware Press will keep overages, usually 10-25 prints and A/Ps.  Cannot be printed Sept/Oct/Nov due to schedule; allow a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your event for the design and printing process.



Author Collection:  Robert Hedin

Immerse yourself in the work of American poet, translator and author Robert Hedin, celebrated writer of award-winning books of poetry and prose, including The Old Liberators: New and Selected Poems and Translations and Old Glory: American War Poems from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism.

Hedin's work has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and in Ted Kooser’s nationally syndicated column, “American Life in Poetry,” and he is the co-founder and director of the Anderson Center, an artist retreat in Minnesota.

This collectors set includes signed editions of: County OThe Old Liberators; The Roads Have Come To An End Now: Selected and Last Poems of Rolf JacobsenThe Dream We Carry: Selected and Last Poems of Olav H. Hauge, translated by Robert Bly and Robert Hedin; The Lure-Maker of Posio by Dag T. Straumsvag, translated by Robert Hedin and Louis Jenkins; Old Glory: American War Poems from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, edited by Robert Hedin; and Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry, edited by Robert Hedin.

Estimated Value: $120


"Rowe Migration" by Thomas Swanston

"Rowe Migration" is a mixed media drawing completed after an extended stay at the Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River in the middle of Nebraska during March of 2012.  The Sandhill Crane is a species  of large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of this bird references habitat like that at the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska's Sandhills . This is the most important stopover area for the Sandhill Crane with up to 500,000 of these birds migrating through annually. Paired down palette and simplified composition coupled with the use of precious metal leaf are the hallmarks of Thomas Swanston's elegant and dramatic Migration series.

Dimensions: 14" x11"
Medium: Diamonds, Graphite on Vellum
Year: 2012

Estimated value: $1,500


"Slide" by Betsy Lohrer Hall

to move smoothly, to drift, to shift, to slip to glide

"Slide" is an artist-made book, small and delicate, with writing and photo-based images referencing the experience of and process related to a month-long residency project at the Huntington Beach Center.

Of the work in the "Slide" series Betsy writes, " When wandering around the virtual space of the Internet, it is easy to become inundated with images from different times, places and cultures  all coexisting in the present in approximate forms...These images are often unmoored compeltely from their origines and without much (if any) accompanying information. I am intersted in these proximities to (and distances from) the real, and the chance combinations that occur."

Betsy Lohrer Hall is a Los Angeles-based mix-media artist.  Her most recent exhibit, Flight Paths installed in 2011 at the Los Angeles International Airport is a major site specific installation of large scale mixed media works on paper.

Dimensions: 6" x 8"x 1"
Medium: Mixed; archival paper and ink (signed by artist)
Year: 2012

Estimated Value: $700



"Waiting for Work, Home Depot, #27" by Robin Repp

Robin Repp's  current work in digital infrared photography portrays the emotions of fear and anticipation in the landscape. The use of infrared photography suggests a surrealistic and dream like future state. The "Waiting for Work, Home Depot" series focuses on the alienation of marginalized, anonymous day workers waiting for work in front of Home Depot stores dotting the Orange County landscape.

Dimensions: 8" x 8", matted, 11" x 11" framed
Medium: UltraChrome Print, Infrared Photography (signed by artist)
Year: 2011

Estimated Value: $185

"Warrior 1" pendant by Eliza Stirling Marlow

Eliza Stirling Marlow has been creating original miniature sculptures since she was 10 years old, apprenticing under her father, master jeweler, Eric Marlow. "Warrior 1" forms part of a collection of yoga pendants designed to capture the spirit of asana with a sense of balance and alignment.

Dimensions: 1" x 1/8" wide
Medium: Solid Sterling Silver
Year: 2011

Estimated Value: $70







Grand Canyon National Park Package

Donated by the Grand Canyon National Park's Artist-in-Residence program, enjoy a package steeped in history and culture including:

  • The National Parks - a film by Ken Burns tracing the birth of national parks idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chronicling the addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them. (a six-disk set)
  • Sacred Spirit: Chants and Dances of the Native Americans - an 11-song journey bridging the gap between ancient and contemporary history, tradition and modern instrumentation. The music conveys the stories, legends, and plight of the Native Americans by combining sampled chants of the Navajo, Pueblo, and Sioux tribes and Sami people yoik with synthesizer backings, traditional drumming and electronic dance beats.
  • A Field Guide to Rock Art Symbols - a guide that brings together 600 commentaries on specific symbols by over one hundred archeologists, anthropologists, researchers, and Native American informants. The range of the book is from the northern states of Mexico to Utah and from California to Colorado.
  • The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle Inspired by the richly detailed picture stories of the Plains Indians—sometimes drawn on ruled ledgers—this book is a visual feast that introduces children to pictographic art. This fictional account, based on historical fact, tells of a young Sioux warrior’s childhood adventures on the plains and his journey East.
  • National Parks Color Maps and Visit Record – a pocket-size, leather bound book containing 98 pages of full-color maps of 51 US National Parks, and 50 pages of detailed park information, including: wildlife, plantlife, travel trips, features and places, road and air directions, mailing + web addresses, marine life, activities, and open dates.
  • Serena Supplee 2013 Calendar –Twenty-five years of living and loving the Colorado Plateau serves as the current of inspiration behind Serena Supplee’s body of work. Her passionate palette explores the magic of moonlight, the transformative force of river currents, and the solace found in the landscape’s expansive embrace. Enjoy a unique piece of art every month with her 2013 calendar.

Estimated Value: $180


"Window" brooch by Karen Gilbert

Karen Gilbert is a nationally exhibited artist, whose work explores ideas of comfort and beauty through the functional forms found in nature and science.

Own this one-of-a-kind edition brooch designed with glass beads and fused silver wires. All parts move giving the piece a quality of being alive.

Dimensions: 2" x 2" x .5"
Medium: Sterling Silver, Glass Beads, Enamel, Semi-precious stones

Estimated Value: $480

NOTE: Item is shown on a necklace that is not included.


Link Necklace by Donna D'Aquino

Donna D'Aquino works in a variety of metals, materials, and styles inspired by drawing and architecture. She has won numerous awards including an individual Ohio Arts Council grant and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the American Craft Council. Her work has recently been featured in Vogue Italia and W magazine and she also has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in Portland, Oregon.

This oxidized sterling silver necklace with hanging pendant is hand fabricated with an antiqued finish.

Dimensions: 19" chain length, 2" rectangular shape
Medium: Oxidized Sterling Silver

Estimated Value: $385


"Study of a Bather" by Anna Schuleit

Anna Schuleit is a visual artist who studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and Rome. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco, Blue Mountain Center, The Hermitage, Yaddo, and Banff. A 2006 MacArthur Fellow, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Dartmouth.

Mark Wethli writes: “Wallace Stevens wrote that poetry should “make the visible a little hard to see,” an imperative that Anna Schuleit’s recent paintings and works on paper seem to share. While there is no mistaking that these are figure paintings, Schuleit employs few elements from the traditional lexicon of figurative representation, replacing them with her own vocabulary of shapes, marks, and gestures—some abstract, some representational—all rendered through a wide variety of painterly effects. While glimpses of arms, legs, and feet are readily discernable —represented by contour lines as faithful as a seismograph to every nuance of the model’s form and every movement of the artist’s hand—our overall impression is that of an energized field, one in which the paintings’ artistic means and representational elements are equally apparent.”

Dimensions: 15” x 22”, matted triptych
: 2012