Artopia= Great Art, for a great cause

Last night, I joined good friends and fellow Alpha Chi Omgeas Amy Z, and Jenny Sue, and Kate B (and Jenn's husband Marc, & my BF Chris) to volunteer with Big Bend Cares, a local organization that provides HIV Education and Preventative Services. Additionally, they work to link people who are living with HIV to needed services, and provide support to people affected by the disease. We volunteered at the 13th annual Artopia benefit auction!
The Director of Development and Support Services, Perry Thomas Snead, is an Alpha Chi Omega, and alumnae of the chapter at Florida State University. She was the chair of the event, so it was great to get out and support her as well as a great cause.

from left to right Amy, Marc, Jenn, Perry, Britain, Chris & Kate

Local and regional artists donate their artwork for this event, which includes a few signed and numbered limited editions. We were quite excited to see that local business owner Susan, of Chrysalis (an Alpha Chi Alumna) had donated to Butterfly pillow below to the auction.
We all had different tasks while volunteering. Amy, Kate, Chris & I worked to gather bids after each gallery had closed, and placed winning bids on the board for all patrons to see. Jenn & Marc worked the live auction noting winners and the final selling price. Kate worked as a ring girl, notify patrons when the galleries would be closing (giving a 15, 10 & 5 minute warning) and lastly Chris, Kate and I worked to display and showcase art pieces during the life action. Let me tell you some of that art was truly heavy.

we were lucky to get a chance to view the galleries when we first arrived. Chris & I even placed a bid on a few items. We were very lucky to win three pieces (located below) Guess, I can't say that I never win anything. Overall, it was a great event, very well attended, and tons of fun. I am looking forward next year.
Above Kate is admiring work in one of the Gallaries
by artist Peter Barry. It is called Accession One - Emergence. It is the 3rd painting from a series of 5 and is about the process of personal emotional/spiritual change. I am going to be honest I see shopping bags. Ha ha! We hung it already in our entry way between the pantry and guest bath it fit perfectly.
It is an abstract by Linda Van Beck. she noted that originally the billows were to represent water lilies however as the pairing evolved it felt more like the wind became more important than the water lilies.
The piece was entitled the "Eiffel Tower in Winter" a simple black & white photograph taken in 2005. Yes I know I have tons of photos like this- but it was for a great cause, was an amazing deal & I loved the frame. It will go in our guest room.


  1. Thanks for posting this! I borrowed heavily for my post tomorrow!! xoxo So glad we got to do this together!

  2. of course. thanks for the photos!