The Melbourne Art Festival once again offered the community a way of purchasing a wide array of remarkable art while giving back when it held it’s biannual Art Auction last Thursday night, raising approximately $11,000 for it’s Student Scholarship Fund.
This year’s event, located at the Melbourne Realtor Conference Center in Melbourne, provided over 400 pieces on display for the silent auction, with some exclusive pieces held back for the live auction later in the evening.
Attendees of the event savored hors d’oeuvres offered by Off the Traxx, PC Keats and my personal favorite, Chez Quans. Off the Traxx offered an amazing bruschetta, along with jalapeño and cheese poppers, plus a spicy type of corn fritter that was unusual but delicious. PC Keats had hummus with pita, a Columbian chicken salad on grilled white corn cakes, pork spring rolls with sweet chili sauce, and empanadas with a spicy yellow pepper aioli. Chez Quans provided a vegetarian pad thai and chicken satay on a stick, with a spicy peanut sauce that was out of this world good (I don’t usually like peanut sauce, but theirs was spectacular!). A cash bar was available once patrons used their 2 free drink tickets provided with ticket purchase.
Oscar Alvarado provided the live music, creating the perfect atmosphere for the event with an acoustic performance of classics throughout the night. Alvarado works with Arturo Echarte, founder of Acoustic for a Change, a charity organization that provides live music for charity events for a reduced fee in exchange for the opportunity to share their Instrument Donation Program with the attendees. According to their website, their goal is to “provide free, live music for special events and collect donated instruments for local organizations and children.” More information can be found on their website or through their Facebook page.
The Melbourne Art Festival is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to organize, promote, and encourage artistic endeavors, education, and appreciation. As part of it’s commitment to provide not only an art festival, but continued donations to students and local schools, the festival requests that artists participating in their event each year donate a piece of artwork, which is auctioned off at the art auction every other year, with proceeds benefitting scholarships for local students to attend art classes. On average, seventy five percent or more of the artists donate at least one piece each year to the Student Scholarship Fund.
The Melbourne Art Festival’s Art Auction provides a fun way for participants to obtain outstanding artwork provided by some of the finest artists in the nation with the knowledge that proceeds will benefit a good cause.
The approximately $11,000 in sales from the art auction doesn’t just add up to a big night for the art festival, but more importantly, equals an even bigger win for the students that will benefit from the art scholarships provided by the organization. To date, the festival has contributed more than $100,000 to students, teachers, and arts programs in Brevard County. To find out more visit the Melbourne Art Festival’s website at www.melbournearts.org or to download the application for the scholarship, visit http://www.melbournearts.org/scholarships.html.