The buzz of the crowd. The anticipation in the air. The roar of … pens and pencils? Yes. It’s the scene at the Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure’s wildly popular annual fundraiser that uses artists as the spectacle. Of course you want to support SoEx, with its innovative exhibitions, youth programs, and Alternative Exposure grants to emerging local arts organizations. And maybe a swanky art auction isn’t quite within your means. But tonight you can watch more than 120 artists create work before your eyes, and then try to snap up those one-of-a-kind pieces. It could be a dreamy watercolor by Michelle Blade or a drawing by Kelly Lynn Jones, the mastermind behind art-print site Little Paper Planes. Perhaps you’re in a heavy metal mood, in which case go straight to Ben Venom’s corner of the room. Even though the work is priced to sell sell sell, it can be just as exciting to observe the art taking shape as it is to buy. It’s a rare chance to lurk over artists’ shoulders and try to figure out how their minds work. To help fuel the creativity, the rally also offers a selection of food trucks and plenty of beer for all, and a DJ encourages active use of the dance floor. Drinking, drawing, dancing: together once again.
Fri., June 8, 6 p.m., 2012