Sixteen works of art displayed in downtown Madison since May are about to find new homes.
Craig Erezuma, a local architect and DDC commissioner, and his son Connor recently took down the Madison Sidewalk Gallery in preparation for the DDC/MACA Sidewalk Gallery Gala and Auction this week.
The gala is Friday evening at the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building, 50 Kings Road. The event includes free wine and cheese, music by guitarist Ken Sebesky, an opportunity to meet the artists and a chance bid on the original art.
Hartley Dodge Memorial Trustee Board President Nic Platt also will give tours of the historic photographs displayed in the building.
The Madison Sidewalk Gallery is a collaborative project of the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance and the Downtown Development Commission. It was designed to promote the creative work of local artists and to recognize Madison as an arts destination.
Eight artists were selected to create original works on 30-inch by 40-inch canvas banners that were displayed on specially designed lampposts over the past six months.
The Sidewalk Gallery Gala & Auction opens 7 p.m. Friday for V.I.Preview ticket holders ($10) and 8 p.m. for the general public (free). Silent auction begins at 8 p.m. Live auction begins at 8:45 p.m. For more information about the gala and artists visit the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance website.