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Items for The Arts Guild of Denton's annual Auction for the Arts, Tuesday, October 30, 2012, in Denton, TX.
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The Arts Guild brings a taste of Tuscany to upcoming auction

Volunteers plan to transform the Center for the Visual Arts’ Festival Hall into a Tuscan-themed wine cellar, but they’ll still have plenty of Texana on hand for The Arts Guild’s annual Auction for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Terry Nobles, vice president for the guild, said the group expects to raise another $40,000 to $50,000 this year. Each year, proceeds from the group’s auction go directly to Denton arts groups.

Since 1980, the group has raised and contributed more than $1 million to support the city’s arts scene, with the annual auction being its major fundraising event.

For this year’s auction, “An Evening in Tuscany,” the main room of the Greater Denton Arts Council’s building will be filled with rustic barrels and bistro-style seating, guild members said. Guests will be greeted under a Tuscan arch with a complimentary glass of wine and can nosh on artisan breads, cheeses, grapes and other finger foods donated by more than 20 local restaurants.

The silent auction will open at 6 p.m. and go through 8 p.m. The live auction should begin at about 8:15 p.m., Nobles said.

Silent auction items many works donated by area artists, said Mary Whisenant, who is serving as merchandise solicitation chairwoman this year.

All the art, regardless of medium, is one square foot and depicts something original to Denton.

“We’re really excited about that,” Whisenant said.

Other silent auction items include handcrafted jewelry, fine woodwork, china and religious art. Volunteers also rounded up autographed books from local writers, massage and spa packages, wine and golf items, gift certificates at local restaurants — including ice cream for a year — and tickets for vacations and events, such as the races at Texas Motor Speedway.

Live auction items include a diamond necklace and other fine jewelry with precious and semiprecious stones, an Elm Fork Ranch sampler meat package, a Lalique vase, and a chef-prepared dinner for four in the winner’s home.

Some donations were combined to make packages, such as “Stopover at the Stockyards,” Whisenant said. The winner of that package will be able to step into a new pair of boots from Foster’s Western Wear and get new gear from Weldon’s Saddle Shop and Western Wear, then head to Fort Worth for a memorable night in the historic Stockyards district. The package includes hotel and restaurant gift certificates, good for a stay in the Stockyards Hotel and dinner at Lonesome Dove.

Whisenant said she was eyeing an Italian wool fringed shawl for herself, but recommends the event for holiday gift-shopping, too. Longtime auction supporters may wonder about the Sunday sale, but volunteers have said there won’t be any day-after bargains for sale this year.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her e-mail address is .


•  What: The Arts Guild of Denton’s annual Auction for the Arts

•  When: Saturday, Nov. 10. Silent auction opens at 6 p.m., live auction begins at 8:15 p.m.

•  Where: Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

•  Details: Event includes wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door; or $25 for guild members and guests. Valet parking will be available.

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