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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Catch the FEVER at LAL this Fall!

I've been watching Willy Wonka, today, so Lexington Art League's news about their fun art for charity event seems simply delicious to me as I watch golden tickets being opened - not to mention the chocolate -- for the magic to come.  

The Fall season is a time when many requests are made on our pocket books as we make end-of-year charitable donations and holiday shopping, we’re all budgeting to spend for others in the spirit of giving.

LAL, however, has a fun option for the public to donate to its cause: A glitzy art event at the historic Loudoun House on November 12. And it’s not just any art event- it’s a fast-paced fundraiser like no other in town. The short of the story is that Nancy Barron & Associates Art Fever is a fundraiser that gives you art in return. Purchasing one FEVER ticket (which directly supports LAL’s exhibitions, programs and capital campaign) gets you two general admissions to the swanky event and a piece of artwork of your choosing to take home with you. 

Here’s the catch: You can’t exactly choose your artwork right when you walk in the door. During the event, half of your FEVER ticket is placed in a golden bin, shuffled around a bit with all the others, and then pulled out for selection. Once your half of your FEVER ticket is selected, you have 60 seconds to call out your choice. The feverish pace is consuming; and, most guests find it works best to predetermine preferred choices in a provided catalogue during gallery visits (online and the Loudoun House) multiple times before the night of the event. Returning guests continue to attend the event year after year, as Lucky Last to be selected from the golden bin is the First to choose at the next year’s event.

There are give-and-receive options for general admission guests as well. Before the FEVER, a live auction hosted by guest Jim Brown will give patrons the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind works by artists like Rod Lindauer, Lennon Michalski and John Tuska as well as special VIP parties and previews at LAL’s future downtown contemporary art space. And, not to be overlooked, a silent auction, featuring items like guaranteed second and third selection for FEVER 2012, will be available for bidders throughout the night. 

All guests will enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres 
and a cash bar by DaRae & Friends Catering,
 live music by Ronn Crowder
 and flower arrangements from House by JSD Designs.

Stephanie Harris, LAL’s Executive Director, states, “This dynamic event is a fun way for new collectors to begin an art collection, with a selection available to them from artists across the country. And, for established collecting folks, it’s a great opportunity for them to show their support to Lexington’s oldest visual arts organization.”

In fact, this annual fundraiser would not be possible without the generous donations of all 120 participating artists. Artists from the Lexington community, the American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair and past LAL exhibitions donated their work to help LAL’s efforts. Also, sponsors like long-time title sponsor Nancy Barron & Associates and supporting sponsor Landrum & Shouse LLP help LAL’s bottom line in their annual fundraising goals. 

To purchase your FEVER ticket, general admission, or for more details, visit or call 859.254.7024.

LAL @ Loudoun House, October 22 – November 12, 2011; 
Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Friday 10a – 4p, Saturday & Sunday 1p – 4p
Preview the works during gallery hours or at Fifth Third Bank 4th Friday on October 28 from 6p – 9p ($7, LAL Members free)
LAL @ Loudoun House, 
November 12, 2011; 
Hours: 6:30p – 11p; $40 
Individual Admission, $75
 Couple Admission, 
$200 FEVER Ticket (includes Couple Admission)

The Lexington Art League is Lexington's oldest and largest visual arts organization. LAL envisions visual art as the lens through which central Kentucky will distinguish itself as a progressive, inclusive and vibrant region. LAL presents original and creative programs, with a reputation for thought-provoking content, that illuminate the role of visual art in contemporary life. LAL @ Loudoun House is located at 209 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, KY 40505. To learn more about LAL and how we present art that is for everyone, please visit

Mobile Art Installations, Curated by LAL: Fall, 2011
Throughout the summer and fall of 2011, PODs Brand Containers of Lexington and LAL worked together to create mobile art installations. Three PODs storage containers were transformed by artists into interactive art spaces traveling to different locations in the Lexington area. The goal of the project is to present art that is fun and engaging in unexpected places. Look for upcoming mobile art installations (including work by Annie Strader and Matt Weedman, Scott Carter and LOT Gallery) on LAL@ Loudoun House lawn and Lexington high schools.

The Lexington Art League’s programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts.  The annual Campaign for the Arts has raised millions of dollars in support of the visual, literary and performing arts in Lexington.  Through the success of the Campaign, LexArts supports The Lexington Art League with an allocation of $62,000 for general operating support.  

LAL is grateful to the many individuals 
whose passion for the arts compelled them to give generously of their time and money.  Together these donations helped LexArts raise more than $1 million for the arts community. 

Special thanks to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
 and the Kentucky Arts Council for their continued partnership in
 ensuring a flourishing future for the arts in Lexington 
and central Kentucky.  
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, 
supports the Lexington Art League with state tax dollars 
and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

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