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Behringer-Crawford's Annual Art Show Fundraiser Moves to Online Auction

Every September, Covington's Behringer-Crawford Museum hosts freshART, in which artists create works in Devou Park which is then bid on by attendees.

The 28th annual event is a fundraiser for the local history museum.

But to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's freshART will be online.

Bidding began on Saturday at freshART2020.givesmart.com and will conclude with an interactive live-streamed event on Oct. 4. Registrants will be able to place bids through their personal bidding centers and specify limits, automatic bids and donations.

More than two dozen local artists have created new works for the freshART auction. Another two dozen have contributed items for silentART, a collection of previously completed pieces.  

A highlight of the auction will be "Notre Dame Paris," a pastel of the iconic French cathedral by the late artist Wolfgang A. Ritschel, featuring the spire lost in last year's devastating fire.

Buyers who want to get a live look at the offerings can do so at the museum, where they are on exhibit through October 4.  

The livestream auction, beginning at 6 p.m. on October 4, will be conducted by auctioneer H. David Wallace of Heritage Bank.  

In addition to final bidding action, the interactive event will also include artist profiles and videos, trivia games, prizes, a "make-along" signature drink recipe with freshART mixologist Kelly Johnson and more. 

All-inclusive tickets to the virtual finale are $50 per person, which includes a boxed picnic supper by Delish Dish of Covington to be enjoyed at home while watching the auction.

Tickets for virtual access only are available for $15. 

Non-ticket holders will be able to bid online but will not have access to the livestream activity.

"FreshART has become an important annual tradition at BCM and an integral part of our mission of celebrating Northern Kentucky's culture," said BCM Executive Director Laurie Risch. "Our artists enjoy creating en plein air in Devou Park and displaying their talents, and our guests look forward to the opportunity to acquire unique additions to their collections.  We didn’t want to let either group down, so we reimagined freshART."

-Staff report

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