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Hallwalls’ Summer Drawing Rally

It’s virtual, but participants can still watch the artists draw


July 29

Midsummer Draw

Virtual auction at Hallwalls online

hallwalls.org, 854-1694


Online art auctions have been popular during the pandemic, as nonprofit organizations have found different ways to proceed with much-needed fundraising events.


There is no art auction like the Hallwalls Drawing Rally though—online or off. At these semiyearly events—one in February, one in July—artists have forty-five minutes to create original artworks that are then offered to audience members in a thirty-minute bidding process. Hallwalls art curator John Massier has commented, “Even after seven years, people still come up to me and tell me it is their favorite art event, ever.”


In order to bring some of that crowd-pleasing spontaneity into the virtual event, the artists still only had forty-five minutes to complete their works at home, a process Massier recorded via Zoom. Excerpts from those videos can be seen at hallwalls.org, where the virtual Rally happens on Wednesday, July 29, at 7 p.m., the same night it would have happened live. Audience members viewing and bidding from home are invited to chat among themselves on Facebook as they watch. This time, though, they’ll have a few more days to bid on the drawings. Participating artists include Bruce Adams, Julia Bottoms, Kristin Brandt, Kyle Butler, Tricia Butski, Caitlin Cass, Fotini Galanes, Tom Holt, Polly Little (shown above) Chuck Tingley, and Edreys Wajed.


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