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45th Annual Patrons’ Show: Bigger and Better


Sunday’s Patrons’ Show was the best yet, with 687 amazing pieces of artwork taken one by one for new homes. As always, the crowd was energetic in making its feelings known, cheering and applauding — and groaning when favorite pieces were selected too early for its taste.

Taking inspiration from the artists, patrons got creative as well, devising systems for ranking and tracking the artwork:


… and balancing beverages with crafty wire hangers:


The fun atmosphere was balanced by lots of careful record keeping and general studiousness.

During the breaks, lucky ticket-holders had time to find their pieces in the gallery and check out. The last tickets chosen during each round got door prizes, including dinners, gift certificates, and sailboat rides. But every ticket was guaranteed to go home with a matching piece of art — and new memories.

Many thanks are due to the event sponsors, the artists who generously donated, the titular patrons, and all the volunteers and staff who framed, hung, set up, emceed, checked out, performed technical wizardry, cleaned up, and more. Thank you!

More information on the Patrons’ Show is here. We’ll see you at the same time next year!

More pictures below:






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