Banjo crawl auction set


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



Local artists pose with their creations for the Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Public Art Banjo Crawl.


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Banjo sculptures are revealed at a banjo reveal event held in May, kicking off this year’s Public Art Banjo Crawl.


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This photo shows the front and back view of two of the four large banjo sculptures that are up for auction on Nov. 4 for a minimum bid of $500. From left, by Keenia Beck, “Just Bee” (shown front and back view); by Eric Leathers, “Stop Animal Abuse Awareness” (shown front and back view).


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This photo shows the front and back view of two of the four large banjo sculptures that are up for auction on Nov. 4 for a minimum bid of $500. From left, by Jessica Bolick Cockerham, “Banjo Bouquet” (shown front and back view); by Kayla Ellis, “Art. Every. Day.” (shown front and back view).


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These are the 12 banjolele sculptures/instruments that will be up for auction. Most of the them can be played as functional instruments. The minimum bid for the banjoleles is $150 each. They are on view at the Visitor Center from now until the auction on Nov. 4th. Top Row, from left: by Kelly Marion, Title: “Isaiah 40:8;” by Mike Lowe, “As Different As Night And Day;” by Nick Martin, “Abstract Universe;” Jan Atkins, “Peace and Harmony;” by Andrea Miller, Title: “Sealidoscope;” by Alicia Merritt, “Carolina Celtic Roots;” Bottom row, from left: by Philip Ernst, Title: “Man in the Moon;” by Candice Martin, “Music Adds Joy to Life;” by Angie Walker, “Evening Serenade;” by Jessica Bennett, Title: “Messengers of Love;” by MAD Promotions Committee, “Starry Downtown Night;” by Katie Jones, Title: “The Future Meets The Past.”


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This photo shows the commissioned Mount Airy print by Hillary Floyd. MAD, Inc. will be auctioning off the original framed painting at the event for a minimum bid of $1,000. The one-of-a-kind original painting is large (36”x36” before framing), and is on view now at Talley’s Custom Frame and Gallery. MAD will also be selling limited edition signed prints (size 20”x20”) at the auction event.


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This large banjo sculpture will be raffled for $5 per ticket. The raffle tickets are available for sale at Mayberry Antique Mall, the Mount Airy Visitor Center, and the MAD, Inc. offices. Tickets will also be on sale in front of Old North State Winery on the day of the event starting at 4 p.m. on the Fish Hippie tailgate trailer. The artist of this banjo,”The Rainbow Connection,” is Will Sheppard.


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Members of the public will have the opportunity to make iconic local art part of their personal collection at the upcoming Banjo Crawl Art Auction and Concert.

The event, which is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4 at Old North State Winery, 308 North Main Street, is the culmination of a public art project that began in April.

“This is the third year we’re doing it,” said Lizzie Morrison, coordinator of Mount Airy Downtown Inc, (MAD) and event organizer.

“We reveal the sculptures in the spring, usually in line with the Budbreak Festival,” she said.

Fiddles were featured for the first two installations of the program, with banjos and their diminutive relative, the banjolele, introduced this year.

For the public’s enjoyment, several large banjo sculptures were placed at various locations along Main Street and 12 banjoleles are on view at the visitor’s center.

The banjoleles and four large banjo sculptures will be auctioned off at the Nov. 4 event as a fundraiser for MAD. A portion of the proceeds also go to the artists that created each piece.

Some auction winners choose to donate their pieces to the city for permanent placement.

“They may do that in memory and honor of a loved one,” Morrison said.

Two pieces have already been added to the downtown this year, Morrison’s “Long Time Coming,” which was placed at The Addition at F. Rees Company and donated by the company in honor of former employees Janice Cooke and Maude Booker.

A banjo created by Morrison and Ann Patterson Sparks, “Henry’s Tune,” is located at Unique Background Solutions, sponsored by N.A. and Judy Barns in honor of their grandchildren.

Also to be auctioned this year is a one-of-a-kind framed painting by Hillary Floyd, which features a detailed view of Mount Airy.

“It highlights the historical architecture and also the nostalgia of the downtown district,” said Morrison.

Limited edition, signed prints will be for sale at the auction event and are currently for sale at Talley’s Custom Frame and Gallery and at the MAD offices on Moore Avenue.

Morrison estimated that auctions in past years have generated about $45,000.

The success of the public art program has benefits that are less easily quantifiable.

“It creates another avenue for local artists to have a public platform in the community,” said the MAD coordinator. “It’s the perfect marriage of art, music and wine,” she continued, but more importantly “it’s putting art into the public space. People can experience art out on Main Street without having to go to an art gallery or museum.”

Morrison mentioned visitors and families out on the street who enjoy taking photographs with the instruments, even pretending to play them.

“It’s making art accessible while improving the design of downtown. It’s nothing but positive.”

Those who do not plan on bidding are encouraged to come.

“The auction is really entertaining,” led by Dustin Rogers of Rogers Realty & Auction Company. “He does a wonderful job of getting the crowd involved.”

Pilot Mountain native and Nashville musician Lacy Green and band will provide live music at the event.

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at Old North State Winery, the Mount Airy Visitors Center, the Mayberry Antique Mall and the MAD Inc., offices.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 in advance or at the event, which earns a chance to win a banjo sculpture titled “The Rainbow Connection,” by Will Shephard.

“These banjos could go for $700 to $3,400 at auction, you could end up winning one for $5, which is a pretty great deal,” Morrison said.

For more information visit mountairydowntown.org or call 336-401-0885.

Local artists pose with their creations for the Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Public Art Banjo Crawl.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_BanjoReveal3.jpgLocal artists pose with their creations for the Mount Airy Downtown Inc. Public Art Banjo Crawl. Submitted

Banjo sculptures are revealed at a banjo reveal event held in May, kicking off this year’s Public Art Banjo Crawl.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_BanjoReveal2.jpgBanjo sculptures are revealed at a banjo reveal event held in May, kicking off this year’s Public Art Banjo Crawl. Submitted

This photo shows the front and back view of two of the four large banjo sculptures that are up for auction on Nov. 4 for a minimum bid of $500. From left, by Keenia Beck, “Just Bee” (shown front and back view); by Eric Leathers, “Stop Animal Abuse Awareness” (shown front and back view).
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Banjo-Scultures-Part-1.jpgThis photo shows the front and back view of two of the four large banjo sculptures that are up for auction on Nov. 4 for a minimum bid of $500. From left, by Keenia Beck, “Just Bee” (shown front and back view); by Eric Leathers, “Stop Animal Abuse Awareness” (shown front and back view). Submitted

This photo shows the front and back view of two of the four large banjo sculptures that are up for auction on Nov. 4 for a minimum bid of $500. From left, by Jessica Bolick Cockerham, “Banjo Bouquet” (shown front and back view); by Kayla Ellis, “Art. Every. Day.” (shown front and back view).
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Banjo-Scultures-Part-2.jpgThis photo shows the front and back view of two of the four large banjo sculptures that are up for auction on Nov. 4 for a minimum bid of $500. From left, by Jessica Bolick Cockerham, “Banjo Bouquet” (shown front and back view); by Kayla Ellis, “Art. Every. Day.” (shown front and back view). Submitted

These are the 12 banjolele sculptures/instruments that will be up for auction. Most of the them can be played as functional instruments. The minimum bid for the banjoleles is $150 each. They are on view at the Visitor Center from now until the auction on Nov. 4th. Top Row, from left: by Kelly Marion, Title: “Isaiah 40:8;” by Mike Lowe, “As Different As Night And Day;” by Nick Martin, “Abstract Universe;” Jan Atkins, “Peace and Harmony;” by Andrea Miller, Title: “Sealidoscope;” by Alicia Merritt, “Carolina Celtic Roots;” Bottom row, from left: by Philip Ernst, Title: “Man in the Moon;” by Candice Martin, “Music Adds Joy to Life;” by Angie Walker, “Evening Serenade;” by Jessica Bennett, Title: “Messengers of Love;” by MAD Promotions Committee, “Starry Downtown Night;” by Katie Jones, Title: “The Future Meets The Past.”
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Banjolele-Sculptures-2016.jpgThese are the 12 banjolele sculptures/instruments that will be up for auction. Most of the them can be played as functional instruments. The minimum bid for the banjoleles is $150 each. They are on view at the Visitor Center from now until the auction on Nov. 4th. Top Row, from left: by Kelly Marion, Title: “Isaiah 40:8;” by Mike Lowe, “As Different As Night And Day;” by Nick Martin, “Abstract Universe;” Jan Atkins, “Peace and Harmony;” by Andrea Miller, Title: “Sealidoscope;” by Alicia Merritt, “Carolina Celtic Roots;” Bottom row, from left: by Philip Ernst, Title: “Man in the Moon;” by Candice Martin, “Music Adds Joy to Life;” by Angie Walker, “Evening Serenade;” by Jessica Bennett, Title: “Messengers of Love;” by MAD Promotions Committee, “Starry Downtown Night;” by Katie Jones, Title: “The Future Meets The Past.” Submitted

This photo shows the commissioned Mount Airy print by Hillary Floyd. MAD, Inc. will be auctioning off the original framed painting at the event for a minimum bid of $1,000. The one-of-a-kind original painting is large (36”x36” before framing), and is on view now at Talley’s Custom Frame and Gallery. MAD will also be selling limited edition signed prints (size 20”x20”) at the auction event.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Mount-Airy-Downtown-Inc.-Drawing-Hillary-Floyd-2016.jpgThis photo shows the commissioned Mount Airy print by Hillary Floyd. MAD, Inc. will be auctioning off the original framed painting at the event for a minimum bid of $1,000. The one-of-a-kind original painting is large (36”x36” before framing), and is on view now at Talley’s Custom Frame and Gallery. MAD will also be selling limited edition signed prints (size 20”x20”) at the auction event. Submitted

This large banjo sculpture will be raffled for $5 per ticket. The raffle tickets are available for sale at Mayberry Antique Mall, the Mount Airy Visitor Center, and the MAD, Inc. offices. Tickets will also be on sale in front of Old North State Winery on the day of the event starting at 4 p.m. on the Fish Hippie tailgate trailer. The artist of this banjo,”The Rainbow Connection,” is Will Sheppard.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_Raffle-Banjo-Poster.jpgThis large banjo sculpture will be raffled for $5 per ticket. The raffle tickets are available for sale at Mayberry Antique Mall, the Mount Airy Visitor Center, and the MAD, Inc. offices. Tickets will also be on sale in front of Old North State Winery on the day of the event starting at 4 p.m. on the Fish Hippie tailgate trailer. The artist of this banjo,”The Rainbow Connection,” is Will Sheppard. Submitted

By Terri Flagg

[email protected]

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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