One square foot is a pretty small space – but you might be surprised at how much creativity a professional can fit inside it. And if you put enough of those small creations together, add in some outstanding food and live music and the impact of an ever-more-impressive legacy … it’s amazing just how big a deal the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s 12 x 12 event has become.
The 29th annual 12 x 12 Art Fundraiser is coming to 50 Penn Place Sept. 28, and while the size limit for its component works remains 12 inches by 12 inches, organizers are planning for the event to be larger than ever. A total of 175 Oklahoma artists have contributed one creation apiece to be sold by silent and blind auction (but if you can’t take the suspense, you can pay a preset price to buy it outright), and while perusing the tiny treasures, guests can sample hors d’oeuvres and sweets provided by nearly 30 popular local restaurants, visit the cash bar, watch a special performance by Perpetual Motion Dance and get down to DJ Jon Mooneyham’s vinyl dance party.
Meanwhile, OVAC is celebrating its 30th anniversary by kicking off a year-long campaign aimed at raising $200,000 for its Grants for Artists program – so attendance helps provide artists with the financial support that executive director Krystle Brewer pointed out has been the organization’s purpose since its founding.
“12×12 brings together hundreds of artists and art supporters to raise funds that directly support the arts in our state – something we all benefit from,” she says.
You can get tickets at 12x12okc.org or by calling 879.2400, but don’t forget … because missing out would be a big, big mistake.