Day 176: Immerse yourself in art for a cause at Artopia

26 Jun

First, let’s get the basics out of the way. Artopia is an annual art benefit for Big Bend Cares, an HIV/AIDS support organization. Artists donate their work, and attendees bid on the art through silent and live auctions. Proceeds go to Big Bend Cares. The event is well attended with hundreds of well-dressed people crowding the halls of Florida State University’s Turnbull Center to peruse art and nibble on appetizers. It’s a premiere event for the gay and lesbian community and seems an ideal spot to mingle with some of Tallahassee’s most influential powerbrokers. We found a nice mix of art. There was photography of classic Florida sunsets and swampy rivers, and paintings, from the richly textured to the more basic watercolors. The silent auction prices were truly a steal. You could easily walk away with a $450-value painting for $50. We didn’t stay for the live auction, but the room that housed it was packed in anticipation and it looked ripe for bidding wars. Tickets are $25 per person and the event is held annually each summer. I’m told it is one of the most popular charity events in Tallahassee.

Address: This year it was at FSU’s Turnbull Center, at the intersection of Pensacola and Macomb Street.


One Response to “Day 176: Immerse yourself in art for a cause at Artopia”

  1. jennsueb March 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    We loved this event – we attended and volunteered in 2011. Great time!

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