Club for Boys hosts Annual Art Show and Auction fundraiser on May 23
tickets available by contacting Chantel Evans at 605.343.3500.
Joe Lowe never misses the annual Club for Boys Art Show and Auction.
“I’m always there,” said Lowe, who is a featured artist at this year’s annual fundraiser. The event will be held Tuesday, May 23 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. and the live auction starts at 7:30 p.m.
Funds raised through ticket and art sales will go toward general programming at the Club. Many of the artists say they return each year because it’s a special evening and a good cause, said Chantel Evans, director of special projects. The show is in its 15th year. “It’s a really fun evening and we are honored each year by the number of talented and generous people who donate,” she said.
The art, which is donated by more than a dozen local artists, is juried by a panel beforehand and will be auctioned alongside artwork created by Club for Boys members. Like the other artists, they will receive 50 percent of the sale of the piece.
“The boys look forward to creating the art for the auction each year because it will be seen alongside professional artwork,” Evans said. “This is a great creative outlet for the boys and it is exciting for them,” she said.
Lowe, who has been a photographer for 36 years and owns Reflections Fine Art Gallery in downtown Rapid City, said he continues to participate each year because of the service the Club provides for the community. “I truly believe it all starts with the kids,” he said. “If you want to change the world, you change their world.”
Lowe, who will donate a panoramic picture of a sunset at Stockade Lake, said he has been influenced by visits to the Club. “You see the kids interacting and it’s a place where they feel safe and grounded,” he said. “The Club for Boys is one of the best things we do in this community. I feel really compelled to this cause because these children are our future.”
It’s also a great place to spend the evening, he added. “It’s a good event because you see other like-minded people with a sense of community,” he said. “It’s a time to get together and further this cause.”
Tickets to the Art Show and Auction, which includes a meal, are $60 a ticket or eight for $400. Live auction pieces can be viewed May 8 through May 22 at First Interstate Bank on West Boulevard, Wells Fargo Bank on Saint Joseph Street, Security First Bank on Fifth Street, US Bank on Saint Joseph Street, and Black Hills Community Bank on Mount Rushmore Road.
Release and photo provided by The Club for Boys