If you’re not a fancy pants art collector, you probably wouldn’t normally consider attending an art auction. And chances are, you wouldn’t be able to afford a single thing at a normal art auction, anyway.
But InLiquid’s 13th Annual Silent Auction & Benefit isn’t just for fancy pants art collectors.
Going down this Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Ice Box Project Space of the Crane Arts Building (1400 N. American St.), the annual reception and fundraiser seeks to offer exposure to the city’s emerging visual artists, connecting them to a diverse new audience—collectors and professionals as well as the general art-appreciating public.
Having received well over 150 submissions from local artisans and galleries this year, the array of artwork up for grabs includes everything from photography and paintings to sculpture and jewelry. And while the bids for most of the featured pieces start at $100, there’s also a decent selection of items well under $100.
Admission to the event is $40 in advance; $50 at the door. If this seems like a lot of money, keep in mind that not only will you be supporting the local art community, but you’re going to be fed a lavish lineup of food and drinks from top local purveyors like Ristorante Panorama, Philadelphia Brewing Co., Rustica and Soy Café. On top of that, all guests will get to go home with a special, limited edition print designed by three artists, chosen by a group of jurors from the Philly art world.
Still, if you’re totally broke, consider stopping by for Crane Arts’ Second Thursday art openings tomorrow night from 6-9 p.m when InLiquid will be simultaneously hosting a Young Professionals Preview Party/Valentine’s Day Mixer. While perusing all the new artwork and attempting to make a love connection, guests will be treated to drinks courtesy of Art in the Age and live entertainment from the RAW Artists and its crew of fashion models.