Over The Top Art Auction & Cupcake Party
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2-5 pm; $10 advance tickets, $12 at the door
Friday, March 14, 2014, 5-8 pm; free! Bidding begins with a birthday party
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 11 am – 4 pm; free! Art Tours with Elise Dawson 1pm & 3 pm
This year at Over The Top we will be celebrating MAWA’s 30th birthday. Join us for home-made chocolate raspberry birthday cake, balloons, party games, an expanded location (more space to breathe … finally!), and the usual mix of 1,000 cupcakes, amazing artwork from over 100 artists, stellar raffle baskets and fun!
Want to get involved? We need you to help make it happen! There are so many ways you can participate: donating artwork, baking, volunteering…. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.
ARE THERE ANY CHANGES THIS YEAR?
Yes! Artists will be able to set minimum bids on their work, at levels of $50, $150 or $500. We want to ensure that artwork is auctioned for an appropriate value. And we’re spreading out along Main Street! Because the event has grown so large and successful, the event will be held in MAWA, at the Edge Gallery to the north and in the home of our neighbours Daniska and Jonathan Esterhazy to the south. If you have found it too crowded in the past, please come back and try the event again! This year (2014) is our 30th, so the event will also be a birthday party. It kicks off with a party on Friday night, bidding continues on Saturday, and then (as usual) there will be sheer sugar-fuelled madness on Sunday, as the auction closes and raffle tickets are drawn.
I’M NOT A MEMBER OF MAWA. CAN I STILL DONATE ARTWORKS?
Yes, MAWA gratefully welcomes donations from members and non-members alike. We so appreciate donations of artwork from artists. This event raises 10% of our annual budget and single-handedly funds the Foundation Mentorship Program. We couldn’t do it without our valued artist donors.
WHAT KIND OF WORK DO YOU ACCEPT?
Artists are asked to donate one or two pieces of art in any media. If you want to donate artwork, email email@example.com. All proceeds go towards Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.
CAN ONLY WOMEN PARTICIPATE?
No! We welcome all artists to participate in Over the Top by donating artwork and joining in the festivities! We regret we cannot accept children’s work, but kids are more than welcome to munch on the cupcakes on the day of the auction.
WHERE AND WHEN CAN I DROP OFF MY WORK?
We accept submissions from Tuesday, February 25 to Friday, February 28 and on Tuesday, March 4 between 10 am and 4 pm. We will also be open and accepting artwork donation on Wednesday, March 5 between 10 am and 8 pm. Note: MAWA is closed on Sundays, Mondays and most Saturdays. Please deliver your work by 8 pm on Wednesday, March 5, or we may not be able to include your work in the auction. If none of these times work for you, contact MAWA’s office at 204-949-9490.
DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT ANYTHING WITH MY WORK?
Please fill out a MAWA contract and submit it with your artwork. This allows us to keep track of your work, hang or install according to your instructions, and title accordingly. You can fill out a contract at MAWA when you drop off your submission, or you can download a contract online from the PDF linked to our website, www.mawa.ca/events/over-the-top-art-auction/. When you drop off your donation, we will give you a free ticket to the event (ticket has no cash value).
WILL I RECEIVE A TAX RECEIPT?
Only those artists whose works are sold will receive a charitable tax receipt. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the amount the work sells for at the auction.
I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH MAWA’s OVER THE TOP. WHO DO I CONTACT?
If you’d like to volunteer for one of a number of roles on the day of the event (from greeting folks at the door to selling auction tickets), please call 204-949-9490 or email with subject line “Over the Top volunteer.” We are also asking our members to collect new retail items for our raffle baskets. A charitable tax receipt will be issued to the individuals or businesses for the retail value of the donation of products (not services). If you wish to help in this way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “raffle donation.” Each year we also need our MAWA bakers to contribute 80 dozen sugar-bombs! If you would like to make cupcakes, please email email@example.com.
WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?
Advance tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at MAWA, 611 Main Street, during our regular office hours, Tuesday to Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, with cash or cheque. You can also purchase tickets from a MAWA board member prior to the event. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12. Note: the number of tickets is finite, so act fast to avoid disappointment! Tickets provide entry to Over the Top on Sunday, March 16, and all the cupcakes you can eat. Attending the bidding kick-off on the evening on Friday March 14 or on Saturday March 15 is free, but you will need a ticket to bid on artwork(s).
I’M OUT OF TOWN OR HATE CROWDS! CAN I MAKE AN ADVANCE BID?
Yes! The Over The Top Art Auction party begins with birthday cake, bubbly, preview and bidding on Friday, March 14 from 5 – 8 pm. We’re also open on Saturday, March 15 from 11 am – 4 pm. Note: bids placed on Friday and Saturday are secured with a credit card. You will also be able to buy advance raffle tickets and, if you win, we will call you.
WHAT ELSE CAN I PURCHASE AT THE AUCTION?
We’ll have a raffle with items and gift certificates donated by generous local businesses and friends. In the past, they have included things like massages, Folk Fest tickets, handcrafted items and more!
MAWA will have a Visa/debit machine available on Sunday, March 16.
Hope to see you there!