More than 200 small-scale works of art that you have never seen before hang on the walls of the galleries at SAY Sí.
Here are some of the reasons you need to make time this week to view these pieces:
- These original works of art are by more than 200 different artists, some you might know, some awaiting your acquaintance.
- There is no charge for enjoying this artwork this Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- By Saturday, March 23, this opportunity will be lost; most of these works of art will never be seen in public spaces again.
- If you fall in love with any of this art, you can own it.
- If you fall in love with a piece of this art before Wednesday at 7 p.m., you can pay a small fee over its value to purchase it before others have an opportunity to outbid you.
- You might even get a bargain; bidding opens at a fraction of the value of the finished work, and people get distracted (Jump to Numbers 16 and 18.) In many cases, opening pricing probably does not even cover the cost of framing. But that is not the point; all proceeds benefit SAY Sí, serving San Antonio’s youth via a year-round, long-term, non-profit multidisciplinary arts program providing students opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers.
- Sure you possibly can get a bargain by waiting until the last minute, but pick up a pencil and bid. Bids attract bids; re-read No. 6.
- Where else can you get to know the work of so many talented area artists so quickly? The works in the show are good. The artists’ reputations are at stake, so they submit some of their best work.
- Many of the artists participating in this show normally work in a much larger format. This means, they often create a smaller piece just for SAY Sí. This also means, you might have the opportunity to collect something by an artist you love but cannot normally afford to buy in large-scale.
- Established artists donate to this show because they believe in offering a hand up to the young and talented. Re-read No. 6. So bid.
- Artists get nothing in return. In fact, the IRS only lets an artist deduct the cost of materials as a charitable donation; for example, the cost of the piece of paper and the frame. So bid, they deserve bids as nods of appreciation of their talents and their contributions.
- If you invest in a small piece of art, it might make you rearrange your collection at home. Rearranging your art makes you notice and appreciate it all anew.
- Attend the closing silent-auction party from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 22. You can offer additional bids, and there will be beer, wine, food, friends and fun.
- Many of the artists attend the closing auction, so you can meet and visit with them.
- If you don’t fall in love with a piece of art, maybe you will fall in love with an artist. Sure, artists have their quirks, but they make life interesting.
- Visit SAY Sí before Friday night because there is no way you will be able to view and ponder more than 200 works in even the entire 135 minutes before the last wave of the silent auction bidding closes. During those minutes, you also will be eating, drinking and chatting with friends, both old ones and newfound.
- If you cannot preview this show in person in advance (See No. 16.), you can view the works online (Hint, this doesn’t seem to download properly until you nudge it with an additional click.).
- You should bid early, because you might get distracted during the party and not be able to make your way back to your favorite piece (Refer to 13-16).
- You should bid early and often (Refer to 6, 7 and 11.).
- Sure, there are many more reasons, but aren’t the 19 above enough?
This posting represents my act of contrition. Although I have contributed to this auction in the past, I somehow let life’s distractions interfere this year.
But don’t you let life’s distractions make you miss this show at SAY Sí. Whether you fall in love and bid or not, you will enjoy the art.