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Patrons’ Show 2017


2017 dates

  • Tickets go on sale: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:00 am — online only
  • Drawing: Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:00 pm




The Art League's Patrons’ Show is an experience that's part fundraiser, part block party, and totally fun! It's The Art League’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

It's a great opportunity for seasoned art collectors and newcomers alike to acquire high quality, original fine art at a bargain price while supporting a great non-profit organization and community of artists. For each ticket drawn, ticket-holders go home with a work of art valued anywhere from $225 to upwards of thousands of dollars.

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Viewing hours

The Patrons' Show artwork is on view during our normal gallery hours. These are our hours for the final weekend:

  • Friday, February 17, 2017: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 19, 2017: 10:00 am–4:00 pm

Tickets and Seating

You will select your preferred seating when you purchase your ticket. This year, all ticket holders will reserve specific seats within their designated section. Tickets will be marked indicating your seat reservation. During the event, the floor will be marked, designating each seating area. Each ticket-holder will be assigned one seat. 

You have the option to buy:

  • An individual ticket for $225 (one work of art and one seat), or
  • A couple’s ticket for $300 (one work of art and two seats). Couple’s tickets are limited, available on a first-come first-served basis, and must be purchased in even quantities.

How to pick your seat:
Singles tickets are designated in orange on the seat map; couple's tickets are designated in pinkWe highly recommend using the Event Seat Map (on Eventbriteto pick your seating selections. (Download a PDF of the seating chart). If you choose the tickets on the main page, it will automatically assign you the 'best seat'. If you do not like your seating choice, you can un-click the seat on the seating chart and click the seat you would prefer. 


How Does the Patrons' Show Work?

This annual event features 600+ works of original fine art donated by Art League artists, Art League Faculty, and Torpedo Factory artists. The number of tickets sold matches the number of works donated.

Prior to the drawing, the show is on view online and in the Gallery, allowing ticket-holders to study the artwork and note their favorites so they'll be prepared to select from the available artwork when their names are drawn.

On the evening of the Patrons' Show drawing (Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm), tickets are randomly drawn and when the name of each ticket-holder is announced, they may select an available work of art from the show.

All proceeds benefit The Art League’s educational programming, exhibits, and community outreach programs. Please contact the Gallery (703-683-1780) for more information about this event.

The Art Thief App

The Art Thief App helps you rate, sort, and keep track of all the artwork in the Patrons' Show Fundraiser! Learn all about it here.

Thanks to Steve Roberson, Patrons' Show attendee and developer, the amazing Art Thief app helps you review and manage the hundreds of artworks available at the Patrons’ Show! With Art Thief you can:

  • Download the artwork, rate it, and put it into a list based on your personal preference.
  • During the show, Art Thief makes it easy to quickly record track which artworks have been taken chosen so that you're ready to make a selection when your name is called.
  • There are all sorts of bonus features that help you share the art on social media and vote for your favorite piece.
  • Get it on the App Store and Google Play

Thanks to our sponsors!

Lead sponsor:

Halt, Buzas, & Powell


Awards sponsor:

The Clemente Family

Section sponsor:

Chadwicks Restaurant


Chair Sponsors:

Windmill Hill and EYA



Facility (In-kind) Sponsor: 

Torpedo Factory Art Center


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