$10 – $225

Preview: Patrons' Show Fundraiser 2019

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The Art League

105 N Union Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

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What is the Patrons' Show Fundraiser?

The Art League's Patrons’ Show Fundraiser is an experience that's part fundraiser, part block party, and totally fun. It's The Art League’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and it provides seasoned art collectors and newcomers alike with the great opportunity to acquire high quality, original fine art at a bargain price while supporting a great non-profit organization and community of artists. For each ticket drawn, ticket-holders go home with a work of art valued anywhere from $225 to upwards of thousands of dollars.

How Does it Work?

This annual event features 600+ works of original fine art donated by Art League and Torpedo Factory artists, and the number of tickets sold matches the number of works donated. The show may be viewed in The Art League Gallery and online two weeks prior to the drawing. Ticket-holders fill the gallery during these two weeks studying the artwork and noting their favorite pieces, so they'll be prepared to select from the available artwork when their names are drawn.

On the evening of the Patrons’ Show Fundraiser drawing (Sunday, February 18, 2018), the excitement is palpable. Tickets are randomly drawn and when the name of each ticket-holder is announced, they may select a work of art from the show that they wish to add to their collection. In addition to the artwork, ticket holders may win other valuable prizes donated by local businesses. *Please note that The Art League does not provide food or beverages for this event.

All proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s educational programming, exhibits, and community outreach programs. Please contact The Art League Gallery (703-683-1780) for more information about this entertaining event.

Patrons' Show Fundraiser SINGLE Tickets: $225

1 seat on the night of the event in selected section and 1 piece of artwork. Tickets are non-refundable.

Patrons' Show Fundraiser COUPLES Tickets : $300

2 seats on the night of the event in selected section and 1 piece of artwork. You must purchase an even numbered quantity for this ticket option. Tickets are non-refundable.

EXAMPLE: If you want to purchase 3 tickets + 3 guest seats, select 6...$150 x 6 = $900, i.e. $300 x 3

*More details about event seating will be published when tickets go on sale Saturday, January 19.


Q: When do tickets go on sale?
A: Tickets go on sale Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 am online through Eventbrite.

Q: Where can I buy tickets?
A: RIGHT HERE! On Eventbrite. Tickets will only be sold online.

Q: How many tickets (and guest seats) can I purchase?
A: There is no limit on the number of Patrons’ Show Fundraiser tickets you may purchase. The quantity of guest seats may not exceed the quantity of Patrons' Show Fundraiser tickets purchased.

Q: Why do I have to buy the "PSF Couples Ticket" option in even numbered quantities?
A: Think of this “ticket quantity” as the number of people in your party attending. You will only select this option if you are bringing a guest, therefore, you will only purchase an even number of “tickets.” If the following guidelines do not answer your questions, please call the Gallery at 703-683-1780.

Q: Do I need to bring my ID with me?
Yes. You will need to have your ID with you in order to check out your artwork. Everyone in attendance must have their ID. All guests, extra seats or artwork receiving, must have their name on the ticket at the night of the event. If you need to update a name on a ticket, please contact Ali at patronsshow@theartleague.org with your order number and the updated name.

Q: May I bring my kids and/or babies to the Patrons’ Show Fundraiser?
Unfortunately, NO. Patrons' Show is not appropriate for children of any age. The event lasts around 6 hours and can be loud and crowded.

Q: Why is there a transaction fee?
A: Eventbrite charges a transaction fee for all purchases made through their site. The transaction fee (5.5% plus $0.99 for each ticket) is actually less than Virginia state tax, which is 6%. By using Eventbrite, our ticketholders can save $1.01 per ticket purchase.

Q: Why does it say that a PSF Couples ticket is $150.00? Does this cost less?
A: The amount shown on the ticket selection page ($150) is half of $300 because you are required to purchase multiples of 2 for this option. So, No: The PSF Couples Ticket option is $300 ($225 per ticket + $75 for a guest seat). You are not receiving 2 Patrons' Show tickets, you are receiving 1 ticket + 1 guest seat. The guest is not entitled to participate in the drawing for artwork.

Q: What if I want to purchase 3 Patrons’ Show Fundraiser Tickets and only 2 guest seats? What option(s) do I select?
A: If you are purchasing an unequal number of tickets and guest seats, select the quantity of PSF Couple Ticket first and make up the difference with the TICKET ONLY option. Guest seats may not exceed quantity of Patrons' Show Tickets.

Q: I want a refund. How can I do that?
A: Tickets are non-refundable. However, Patrons' Show is a fundraiser for The Art League—which is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, so any unused tickets are fully tax-deductible.

Q: I want to change my seat location. How do I do that?
A: Contact Ali Wunder at patronsshow@theartleague.org with your order number, current seat locations and the new seat location you would prefer. There is a $10 fee per seat change which is due upon transfer. Seat transfers are not guaranteed but, we will try our best to make sure you are in the best location possible.

Q: What’s the best way to go about purchasing tickets if I'm part of a large group?
A: If you have a very large group, consider having one person purchase all your tickets. This will help insure contiguous seating for your group. We also recommend Party Tent seating, 3rd Floor, or classroom areas for large groups.

Q: What if I already have a seat but I want an extra ticket for the drawing?
A: Please see the Gallery staff and we would love to sell you an additional ticket for the Patrons' Show Fundraiser. Please contact us at 703-683-1780 or email Ali Wunder at patronsshow@theartleague.org with your contact information and how many tickets you would like.

Q: How do I get my physical ticket?
A: Once your registration page is complete and you have confirmed your purchase, you will receive a confirmation email detailing your purchase and seating section. A ticket PDF will be attached or you can save it on your smartphone. Print your tickets and bring them to the drawing on February 17 or be able to show your ticket on your smartphone.

Q: What is a First Choice Raffle Ticket?
A: First Choice Raffle tickets are a separate drawing that allows the winner to select their favorite piece, write it on their ballot and if drawn, their artwork will be removed from the drawing and set aside for pick up. You do not have to be present to select your artwork. First Choice Raffle Tickets do not provide admission to The Patrons' Show Fundraiser.

Q: When is the actual drawing?
A: The Patrons' Show Fundraiser drawing is Sunday, February 17 at 5:00 pm in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. You must be present to select your artwork.

Q: How long does the drawing take?
A: The 2019 Patrons' Show Fundraiser drawing will start at 5:00 pm with three rounds of "name-calling" planned. If your name is called in the first round you'll be done around 7:00 pm, if your name is called in the second round you'll be done around 9:00pm, if you are called in the last round or choose to stay for the After Auction, you'll be finished around 10:30pm. You must be present to select your artwork.

Q: Are there refreshments at the event?
A: Do to the size and nature of the event, The Art League does not serve/sell food and drink to our ticketholders. Ticketholders may bring their own refreshments but cannot order takeout/delivery to the building.

Thank you to our LEAD SPONSOR!

Our Artist Award Sponsors!

The Clemente Family
Jerry Kollman and the Nelson Bunn Family
Friends of Geri Gordon

Section Sponsors!

Lighting and chair sponsors!

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