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Weekend Event Aims to Boost Sales for Struggling Artists

"The premise is simple: an exhibition of 50 pieces of art, created by 50 local artists, all for sale for exactly $50 a piece," reads the Facebook invitation to the 50/50 Art Show & Sale, going on Friday and Saturday nights in Covington.

In continues, "The economy of late has been hugely detrimental to art sales. This event will be an excellent opportunity for arts patrons feeling the pinch to add work to their collections at a great price. It will also be a great opportunity for artists to generate sales and be seen by arts patrons."

The show/sale is in the Artisans Enterprise Center in Covington Friday from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Curator Brian Harmon set a goal of attracting fifty talented artists when he first conceptualized the 50/50 Art Show and Sale opening February 22, 6 - 10 p.m. at the AEC in Covington. Entries came streaming in, according to a news release, even on February 8, the deadline to submit. In all, seventy-eight submissions were received by artists from Covington, Cincinnati, and beyond. 

"The jury results have all been emailed, after the daunting task of narrowing down the selection," Harmon said. "The number of applications was huge and the quality of work was inspiring. In keeping with the show's spirit, only fifty artists were selected. Narrowing down the work was a very difficult task. If your work was not among the selected pieces, I hope you'll keep future 50/50 calls in mind."  

The exhibition is described as "a collaborative initiative, set to engage, inspire, and promote prosperity in the arts." It is an innovative way to connect artists with economic opportunity and collectors with affordable art. The inaugural 50/50 Art Show and Sale (held over two years ago) saw nearly all the artwork sold.

The artists receive 100% of the proceeds from this weekend's sales.

Photo: AEC photo from event's Facebook page


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