Art will take center stage at Urban Picnic 2013 – an event featuring creative and diverse works in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography by established and emerging artists. The luncheon and art auction takes place on Friday, April 12 in the enchanting courtyard gardens of La Encantada Shopping Center and promises to be an exciting opportunity for both aspiring and veteran collectors to acquire works of art. In keeping with the ‘picnic’ theme, selected local artists have been invited to submit original art lunchboxes. From whimsical to elegant forms, each lunchbox is a unique art piece representing the personal expression of the artist who created it.
The event begins with a silent auction of juried artwork by some of the area’s top artists. Enjoy mimosas, al fresco picnic lunch, live musical entertainment and a performance by Ballet Tucson’s talented professional dancers as you contemplate bids for your favorite pieces of art. The day culminates with a fun and energetic live auction for the creative lunchboxes and other exceptional artwork. The range and excellence of this year’s Urban Picnic represent the very best of fine art from Tucson and the Southern Arizona region.
The Urban Picnic was created in 1997 by The Tucson Arts District Partnership to raise funds for the Warehouse District Loan Program. For the first few years, the event was hosted at a different art space warehouse each year before moving to the Tucson Museum of Art. In 2006, the event was passed on to Ballet Tucson as a fundraiser for the organization’s ballet company (the only professional ballet troupe in Southern Arizona). Ballet Tucson supports the community at large with outreach programs that bring the art of ballet into area schools and provide underserved students and families the opportunity to attend live ballet performances free of charge.
Click here to view the 2013 (and previous year’s) Art Gallery »
What: 16th Annual Urban Picnic & Art Auction
When: Friday, April 12, 2013 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Where: La Encantada Shopping Center - 2905 E. Skyline Dr.
Cost: $45.00 per person - call Ballet Tucson at 903-1445 to reserve tickets or order online below
Contact: Cynthia Hansen (520) 400-5426
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