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Bag claim

Purses go to highest bidder for art’s sake

Clutches. Hobo bags. Cross-body messenger bags.

There’s probably a purse for every taste and purpose under the sun, and a creative cluster of Denton dames have dreamt up their own designs for the annual Greater Denton Arts Council fundraiser “It’s in the Bag.”

This evening, the ladies who lunch will gather at “Belles, Bags & Bellinis,” which will put embellished and handmade purses on the silent auction block.

This year’s collection of bags is big. What’s in? Roomy, floppy fabric totes with comfy shoulder straps. What’s cool? Someone fashioned a purse out of a bar shaker and a martini glass.

At least one basket is made up to look like a watermelon, and it seats an intimate picnic for two (with room for a bottle of your favorite bubbly). Take note: There are some canvas bags perfect for shopping. One is printed with a Dia de los Muertos sugar skull, and another one is wearing its Texas pride.

Tickets cost $20. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. For tickets, call 940-382-2787.