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MAWAOTW2014-49 710Lorri Millan bids on a piece of art at last year’s Over the Top auction

Over the Top Art Auction and Cupcake Party

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, at MAWA (611 Main Street)

Bidding begins Friday, March 13, 2015, 5-8 pm; free!
Bidding continues Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11am-4pm; free!
Bidding ends with all-you-can eat cupcakes! Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2-5 pm

$10 advance admission available at MAWA; $12 at the door

Once again MAWA is offering up the fantastic mix of art and mayhem, sugary goodness and fun! What’s not to like about over 1,000 cupcakes, amazing artworks from over 100 artists, stellar raffle baskets and more? And what’s even better? This fundraiser contributes over 10% of MAWA’s annual budget. That’s the entire Foundation Mentorship Program!

So pleased get involved. We need you to help make it happen! There are so many ways you can participate: donating artwork, baking, volunteering…. Want to learn more? 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, $100, $200 or $400. We want to ensure that artwork is auctioned for an appropriate value.

WILL IT BE CROWDED?

Once again, we will have an expanded location for the event. 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 Jennifer Smith and Ray Tara to the south. If you have found it too crowded in the past, please come back and try the event again!

I’M NOT A MEMBER OF MAWA. CAN I STILL DONATE ARTWORK?

Yes, MAWA gratefully welcomes donations from members and non-members alike. We soooooo appreciate donations of artwork from artists. We couldn’t do this fundraiser 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.

HOW CAN I DONATE?

If you want to donate artwork, please email programs@mawa.ca. Thank you!

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 10am to 5:30pm:
Wednesday, February 25
Thursday, February 26
Friday, February 27
Wednesday, March 4
Thursday, March 5

We will also be open and accepting artwork donations after regular hours, from 5:30-8pm, on Wednesday, March 4. If we do not receive your artwork by March 5, 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 from 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?

Yes! 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.” Volunteers will receive one free ticket, enabling you to bid on artwork. (New!)

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?

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 programs@mawa.ca, 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 mawacupcakes@gmail.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, Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm, with cash, debit, credit card 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 15, and all the cupcakes you can eat. Attending the bidding kick-off on the evening on Friday March 13 or on Saturday March 14 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 bidding begins on Friday, March 13 from 5-8pm. We’re also open on Saturday, March 14 from 11am-4pm. You will also be able to buy advance raffle tickets and, if you win, we will call you. Or send a proxy to the event on Sunday on your behalf. Note: bids placed on Friday and Saturday are secured with a credit card. If you send a proxy, payment must be received on the day of the event.

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!

Hope to see you there! 

OTT 2013 710Caption: Some of the happy bidders amidst the madness, OTT 2013