A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman.
Inaugural “wings of ART” auction to benefit Special Care
The inaugural “wings of ART” art auction and gala to benefit the nonprofit organization Special Care is set for Saturday at Istvan Gallery, 1218 N Western.
The all-inclusive evening consists of Oklahoma-made fine art, hors d’oeuvres, full bar and musical entertainment. The event is dressy-casual style and will include valet service at Istvan Gallery.
Each piece of art on display will be available for purchase by silent auction or the “buy it now” price.
Special Care’s mission is “to nurture all children with and without special needs in safe, inclusive and supportive environments through education, therapeutic intervention and community acceptance.”
The “wings of ART” event will be a ticketed event only, and all proceeds will directly benefit Special Care and the individual artists who have chosen to be a part of the show, according to a news release.
“Wings of ART” was founded by two friends, Special Care marketing and promotions director Michael Collins and local artist Christie Owen, who share a mutual love for the amazing kids at Special Care and the flourishing art scene in Oklahoma City. When they began teaching art lessons at Special Care, the lessons were enjoyed by all — the children, teachers, artists, parents and volunteers. Soon, the therapeutic connection between the kids and art gave way to solutions for other issues. Special Care needed more space to grow and Oklahoma artists needed more local support. “Wings of ART” was created with the mission to benefit everyone involved so the kids at Special Care can evolve, Oklahoma artists can connect with the community, and the sponsors could support and obtain great local art.
An early VIP meet-and-greet with the artists is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, and the event will be open 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person.
For tickets and information, go to www.wingsofartok.com.