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VAE’s 2021 Mutual Aid Art Auction gives back to local artists at a time when they need it most.

WEB EXCLUSIVE Calling all creatives! This year’s VAE gala is all about local artists who, like many, have been hit hard by the pandemic. Instead of throwing its annual party, VAE is holding the first-ever Mutual Aid Art Auction, which will provide all participating artists with 100% of the commission for the sale of their work. Can we get a hell yeah?!

“VAE believes the core of our work is to put our people first, and our people are the artists that make our communities worth living in,” says VAE director Brandon Cordrey. “We decided to forego the big party out of safety and to forego ticket sales and commissions on artwork sales in order to direct all of the attention to our artists and to put as much money in their pockets as possible.”

Any artist who has previously exhibited with VAE, been a member or donated artwork to VAE’s annual gala since January 2017 is eligible to submit up to two original works in this year’s auction. The deadline for registration and artwork delivery is March 1. Better get those creative juices flowing!

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Many local artists have already begun submitting their works to VAE. Starting bids are as low as $25, making the auction accessible to almost everyone. 

On March 3, the virtual auction will open to sponsors; on March 6, the public will be able to bid until March 24 or 25. And don’t miss VAE’s Virtual Auction Party on March 23, where the nonprofit organization will celebrate all the artists who participated—and name the winner of VAE’s 2021 Margot Richter Legacy Award. The anticipation!

Cordrey maintains that VAE would not be in a position to provide this level of financial support for artists without the backing of such sponsors as presenting sponsor PNC, and grantors, including the City of Raleigh’s office of Raleigh Arts.

And if you’re looking to spruce up your home (ya know where you spend so much time these days), VAE’s auction is the perfect opp to snag an original piece while supporting local. A win-win! vaeraleigh.org/auction-art

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