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A nice bling to it

Auction satisfies cravings for sparkle, sauce

The Arts Guild of Denton is taking its annual Auction for the Arts to Rio de Janeiro this weekend.

The annual event — which raises money for member groups and programs of the Greater Denton Arts Council — always stands behind a theme, and this year the guild means to party in the style of South America’s biggest bash.

“Carnival de Brazil” sets the mood with Latin music, decor and Brazilian-inspired foods.

Saturday’s party features both a live and silent auction. The practical-minded shopper can pick up a bookcase or sports equipment, and the dreamer can put a bid in for trips, jewelry and chef-made dinner parties.

The guild is especially proud of a particular item. “Sight Unseen” is an art exhibit featuring two-dimensional art measuring 8 by 10 inches. The artwork is by local artists inspired by the buzzword “homegrown.” The exhibit bids open at $100 for each work.

The event begins with the silent auction, drinks and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. The live auction starts at 8:15 p.m.

Advance tickets cost $25 for guild members and $30 for non-members and are available by calling 940-382-2787. Tickets at the door cost $35 each.

— Staff report