By Angela Romeo
There are few fundraisers that can bring a crowd to frenzy like the 99 BUCKS & UP! The Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council sponsors this yearly event. And every year the crowds line up several deep, behind the velvet rope, waiting for the chance to purchase wonderful smaller works of original art.
99 BUCKS & UP will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Riviera Hotel, 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr. Palm Springs. Early birds arriving at 3:30pm can enjoy entertainment, complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, no host bar and an opportunity to win paintings.
Kathleen Scoggin chaired this year’s event. “In addition to the 99 BUCKS & UP canvases we will be offering an opportunity to purchase 5 tickets for $5 and 11 tickets for $10. Those that are chosen for the opportunity will be able to select a $99 canvas or have a $99 credit to towards the purchase of one of the Artists Council High Roller canvases. There will be six chosen – two per hour. Those chosen in the 4 pm selection will be able to select their canvas before the general public is invited in. Sometimes the early bird does get the worm!”
“99 BUCKS & UP is a major fundraiser for Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council. Artists create and donate art on 5” x 7” canvases, which will be sold for $99.00. There will also be 50 8×10 and 50 9×12 canvases available for purchase. This year we are bringing back the popular HIGH ROLLER Gallery. This gallery offers larger pieces of art created by the talented artists of the Artists Council,” noted Kathleen.
“Proceeds from 99 BUCKS & UP helps support exhibitions, acquisitions, programs and general operations programs of the museum and helps defray the cost of the Artists Council events, most notably the Artists Council Exhibition (ACE). The ACE is the Artists Council premier event. This yearly-juried show is curated from entries submitted by the Artists Council members, “said Artists Council President Charlie Ciali. “The 99 BUCKS & UP allows patrons to bring home an original artwork at price far less than the works from the ACE. Original art is, by definition, uniquely one.”
The 99 BUCKS & UP has attracted works from local celebrities and well-known artists. In the past 99Bucks & Up have had works by Fashion Designer Michael Costello, Sculptors Karen and Tony Barone, and even Cheetah! That element of surprise also contributes to making the 99 BUCKS & UP a fun event.
“The Artists Council membership is composed of diverse talents. It is rare to have an event that can showcase the depth and richness of this many artists in one place. It is a more than a sampling of art; it is a rich buffet that anyone can attend,” continued Kathleen. “The event is free. While we hope patrons do purchase, we also expect that that they will walk away appreciating the artistic talent that calls the Coachella Valley and High Desert home. To discover their art, and to know it is so close to home, enriches us all.”
The Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council 99 BUCKS & UP will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Riviera Hotel, 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr. Palm Springs. Early birds may arrive at 3:30pm to secure the best spot along the velvet rope.
Works can be viewed in advance at fineartamerica.com/profiles/99-bucks.