Mount Airy Downtown Inc. will present the Second Annual Public Art Fiddle Crawl Auction and Concert Friday at Old North State Winery. Tickets are on sale at Old North State for $15 each.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. so the public can slip in early and get a look at the fiddle sculptures before the auction begins. The ticketed event starts at 7 p.m. Jim Vipperman will play various Old-Time and Bluegrass songs from 6 o’clock until 7:30 p.m. Lacy Green will play with her band from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. when the live auction starts, and will resume playing after the auction, performing a concert until 11 p.m.
Lizzie Morrison, director for Mount Airy Downtown, noted a few changes in the program since last year’s auction. “We have expanded the program to offer more for everyone this year. The large fiddle sculptures are the big ticket items that will be up for auction.”
This year, four large fiddle sculptures will be available, with minimum bids of $500 each. These have been hand-painted by local artists, according to Morrison. Several winning bidders from the 2014 auction have fiddles displayed in their gardens, on their porches, and even in their living rooms, she said. “Not only will the winning bidders have a beautiful work of art, they will be supporting downtown revitalization, and supporting local artists.”
Winning bidders also have the opportunity to donate their fiddle sculptures back to downtown businesses/organizations. Morrison said that this would be a wonderful opportunity to honor a loved one while, “improving the streetscape of our beloved town.”
Beyond the live auction of the large fiddles, there is also a large fiddle sculpture that can be won with a $1 raffle ticket. Raffle tickets have been on sale since May, and will be on sale up until the drawing. Raffle tickets for the ‘Shine Bright’ fiddle by Kelly Marion will be available for purchase at the door, and the winner will be announced at 8:30 to kick-off the auction.
“This is so exciting because someone could potentially win one of these beautiful fiddles for only a dollar,” Morrison said
In addition to the large fiddles, MAD Inc. will also be auctioning off six little fiddle sculptures. Six local artists have used various media to create works of art from actual fiddles. The minimum bid for these fiddles is $100. They can be viewed at the Mount Airy Visitor Center until Friday morning when they will be moved to Old North State Winery.
The Second Annual Fiddle Crawl will celebrate the work of sixteen local artists, according to Morrison.
Large fiddle sculpture artists include: Jordan Brannock, Kayla Ellis, Morrison, Chad McCreary, Keenia Beck, Andrea Morrison, Will Sheppard, Kelly Marion, Heather Harbour Bedsaul, and Katie Jones.
The community has been voting on their choice for the 2015 Fan Favorite Fiddle Award since May, and the winner will be announced on Friday night at the auction. Will Sheppard painted the fiddle titled “The Town that Socks Built” which has been located at Mayberry Toy Co. for the past five months.
Sheppard reflected on his experience with the Fiddle Crawl saying, “It’s been great being a part of the Fiddle Crawl this year. I’ve heard from numerous people who worked in the textile industry or whose family did, and they really appreciate that I honored an industry that helped shape this area. To see people stop and admire it has really been more rewarding than I could have imagined. The fact that the proceeds will help better our downtown area makes it even better.”
Katie Jones painted the “Secrets in the Foothills” fiddle which is a permanent fiddle located at Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies. Jones reflected on the opportunity saying, “This has been an amazing experience for me to show what I can do, and to also share my story to the citizens of Mount Airy. I have so much gratitude for the organizers that gave me the opportunity to show my art.”
Jones was able to share at the reveal event earlier this year that she has Asperger’s syndrome. “Everyone has something that makes things hard, but I want to say that you can do anything you want. No matter what I’ve been through, I never stopped making art.”
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