To artists interested in donating their work to the fundraiser…click here to learn more about donating!
What is the Patrons’ Show Fundraiser?
The Art League’s Patrons’ Show Fundraiser 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, providing seasoned art collectors and newcomers alike with the excellent opportunity 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, ticketholders go home with a work of art valued anywhere from $235 to upwards of thousands of dollars.
This year, we’re BACK IN-PERSON and also offering the option to attend the event VIRTUALLY!
Something else to feel good about: all proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s educational programs, exhibits, and community outreach programs.
See the work in-person: Artwork will installed and on view at the gallery beginning on Friday, February 3rd, at 11:00am. Additional artworks are installed on a rolling basis as they are donated and photographed.
See the work online:
View the artwork collection online here! More artwork images are added frequently.
How Does it Work?
This annual event features 600+ works of original fine art donated by Art League and Torpedo Factory artists, and the number of tickets sold matches the number of works donated. The Show opens for viewing in The Art League Gallery and online two weeks before the drawing. Ticketholders fill the Gallery during these three weeks studying the artwork and noting their favorite pieces, so they’ll be prepared to select from the available artwork when their turn arrives.
In light of continuing COVID concerns, live event will run in-person along with an online broadcast so ticketholders may choose how they would like to attend: in-person or virtually!
Ticketholders may use the two weeks of the exhibit to study the artwork, take note of your favorite pieces, and then prepare and ‘pre-submit’ a list of your top 70 or more choices. Your ticketholder’s list will be entered under the ticketholder’s name into the 2023 Patrons’ Show Drawing so you’ll be prepared when your turn arrives. Don’t worry; you may resubmit and edit your list right up until the drawing starts! See more on this below…
Q. How do I choose my artworks? What does ‘pre-submit’ mean?
A. Your artwork choice will be pulled from your last submitted artwork list automatically when your name is entered. The artwork choice paired with the ticketholder’s name will be the ticketholder’s submitted top choice from the remaining artwork on their list. The Show database selects your top artwork from your list, when your name is called. The artwork is your top choice from the available artwork and this artwork will appear on the announcer screen with your name. In-person ticketholders can call out an artwork change if they want—just as long as their new choice is still available!
We strongly encourage everyone to submit their artwork lists as early as possible. However, ticket holders may continue to update and ‘reorder’ their artwork lists online through the ticketholder’s artwork list portal right up until 2:00 pm on the day of the drawing.
On the evening of the Patrons’ Show Fundraiser drawing (Sunday, February 19, 2023 starting at 6:00pm), the excitement is palpable. Tickets are randomly drawn and when the name of each ticketholder is announced, they may select a work of art from the Show that they wish to add to their collection. *Please note that The Art League does not provide food or beverages for this event.
As always, our intrepid and entertaining MC will announce ticketholder names as we’ve done in the past years. When your ticketholder name is called, your name AND your own pre-chosen artwork selection will appear on the event screens and the livestream.
For 2023, the Show opens for both online viewing and in-person viewing in The Art League’s gallery three weeks before the drawing. Artwork listings are updated as late donations become available.
Patrons’ Show Fundraiser SINGLE Tickets: $235
One seat on the night of the event in the selected section and one piece of artwork. Tickets are non-refundable.
Patrons’ Show Fundraiser COUPLES Tickets: $340
These must be purchased in pairs. Two seats on the night of the event in the selected section and one piece of artwork. You must purchase an even-numbered quantity for this ticket option. Tickets are non-refundable.
EXAMPLE: If three couples (6 people) wish to attend you need to purchase 3 tickets + 3 guest seats, select 6…$170 x 6 = $1020, i.e. $340 x 3
BUYING YOUR PATRONS’ SHOW TICKETS – FAQ
Q: Where can I buy tickets?
A: RIGHT HERE! through Eventbrite. Tickets are only sold online.
Q: How many tickets and guest seats can I purchase?
A: There is no limit on the number of Patrons’ Show Fundraiser tickets you may purchase. The maximum number of guest seats per Patrons’ Show Fundraiser ticket purchased is one (1).
Q: Why do I have to buy the “Couples Ticket” option in even-numbered quantities?
A: Think of this “ticket quantity” as the number of people in your party attending. You will only select this option if you are bringing a guest; therefore, you will only purchase an even number of “tickets.” If the following guidelines do not answer your questions, please call the Gallery at 703-683-1780.
Q. How do I pick my seat?
A. We highly recommend using the Event Seat Map (BUY ON MAP) to pick your seats. If you choose the tickets on the main page, it will automatically assign you the ‘best seat’. Don’t worry, if you do not like your seating choice, you can always un-click the seat on the seating chart and click the seat you would prefer. Singles tickets are designated in orange on the seat map; couple’s tickets are designated in pink.
Q: Do I need to bring my ID with me?
A: Yes. You will need to have your ID with you to check out your artwork. Everyone in attendance must have their ID. All guests must have their names on the ticket on the night of the event for artwork pick-up. If you need to update a name on your ticket, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and the updated name.
Q: May I bring my kids and/or babies to the Patrons’ Show Fundraiser?
A: Unfortunately, NO. Patrons’ Show is not appropriate for children of any age. The event lasts around 6 hours and can be loud and crowded.
Q: Why is there a transaction fee?
A: Eventbrite charges a transaction fee for all purchases made through their site. The transaction fee (5.5% plus $0.99 for each ticket) is actually less than Virginia state tax, which is 6%. By using Eventbrite, our ticketholders can save $1.01 per ticket purchase.
Q: Why does it say that a Couples ticket is $170.00? Does this cost less?
A: The amount shown on the ticket selection page ($170) is half of $340 because you are required to purchase multiples of 2 for this option. So, No: The PSF Couples Ticket option is $330 ($235 per ticket + $105 for a guest seat). You are not receiving 2 Patrons’ Show tickets, you are receiving 1 ticket + 1 guest seat. The guest is not entitled to participate in the drawing for artwork.
Q: What if I want to purchase 3 Patrons’ Show Fundraiser Tickets and only 2 guest seats? What option(s) do I select?
A: If you are purchasing an unequal number of tickets and guest seats, select the quantity of PSF Couple Ticket first and make up the difference with the TICKET ONLY option. Guest seats may not exceed the quantity of Patrons’ Show Tickets.
Q: I want a refund. How can I do that?
A: Tickets are non-refundable. However, Patrons’ Show is a fundraiser for The Art League—which is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, so any unused tickets are fully tax-deductible. If your concern is just that you may miss the in-person event, we will be glad to convert your ticket to a virtual one as a virtual ticket does not require event attendance.
Q: I want to change my seat location. How do I do that?
A: Contact us at email@example.com with your order number, current seat locations, and the new seat location you would prefer. There is a $10 fee per seat change, which is due upon transfer. Seat transfers are not guaranteed, but we will try our best to make sure you are in the best location possible.
Q: What’s the best way to go about purchasing tickets if I’m part of a large group?
A: If you have a large group, consider having one person purchase all your tickets. This will help ensure contiguous seating for your group. We also recommend the 3rd Floor sections or classroom areas for large groups.
Q: What if I already have an in-person seat, but I want an extra ticket for the drawing?
A: We recommend purchasing a virtual ticket! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make a note that you will be picking up your ‘won’ artwork the night of the event, not during the virtual ticket pickup days.
Q: I’m from out-of-town, but this sounds fun—can I participate?
A: Absolutely, we recommend purchasing a virtual ticket and arranging for shipping your ‘won’ artwork through our gallery! You can select “shipping” as your pickup method when buying a virtual ticket. You can also email us at email@example.com . Note: there will an extra shipping charge that will be determined by the size/weight of your artwork. The Art League will pass along that cost to you, but we won’t charge you an additional fee for making arrangements with the shipper. It is possible to estimate shipping costs online, so it may make sense to do a little research it ahead of time so you know what to expect, cost-wise.
Q: How do I get my physical ticket?
A: Once your registration page is complete and you have confirmed your purchase, you will receive a confirmation email detailing your purchase and seating section. A ticket PDF will be attached, or you can save it on your smartphone. Print your tickets and bring them to the drawing on February 19 or be able to show your ticket on your smartphone.
Q: When is the actual drawing?
A: The Patrons’ Show Fundraiser drawing is Sunday, February 19, at 6:00 pm in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. You must be present to select your artwork.
Q: How long does the drawing take?
A: The 2023 Patrons’ Show Fundraiser drawing will start at 6:00 pm with three rounds of “name-calling” planned. If your name is called in the first round, you’ll be done around 7:30 pm, if your name is called in the second round you’ll be done around 9:00 pm, if you are called in the last round or choose to stay for the After Auction, you’ll be finished around 10:30 pm. You must be present to select your artwork.
Q: Are there refreshments at the event?
A: Due to the nature of the event, The Art League does not serve/sell food and drink to our ticketholders. Ticketholders may bring refreshments but cannot order takeout/delivery to the building.
Q: I hear that “railing seating” is back. What’s that about?
A: Yes, we’re glad to announce that, after working with the Alexandria Fire Inspector and city staff (thanks, folks), we are able to add a limited amount of railing seating on the Torpedo Factory’s second floor again. Please check it out here on the venue map.
Q: I hear that there’s an app for Patrons’ Show. What is Art Thief?
A. Yes, we do have an app for your iphone or ipad that is specifically designed Patrons’ Show called Art Thief. Art Thief helps you review and manage the hundreds of artworks available. Plus it makes the event and the planning for it more fun. With Art Thief you’ll be able to download this year’s 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 and track which artworks have been taken so that you know which piece is still available as your top choice! There are all sorts of bonus features that help you share the art on social media and vote for your favorite piece. Download Art Thief here Thanks, Steve!
Here’s a video overview of version 6.3 of Art Thief covering the new features and what first timers need to know.
Q: I have a virtual ticket, how do I contact someone if there is an issue during the drawing?
A. Call the gallery desk at 703-683-1780.
Q: If I can’t attend the drawing or I can’t stay to watch the whole event, how do I know if I was called and what artwork I received?
A. You will receive an email message when your name is called during the drawing. The email will identify the ticketholder and the artwork # that they received.
Q: I have a virtual ticket, how and when do I retrieve my artwork?
A. When you buy your virtual ticket, you’ll be given a choice of artwork pickup days and times. You will need to have your ID and ticket with you to check out your artwork. If you need to update your pickup day or need to have your artwork shipped, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your artwork weighs more than 40 lbs or is oversized, you will need to come into the gallery and make arrangements for pickup and loading help.
Q: Can I get a tax letter if all my selected artworks are chosen?
A. Yes! You’re welcome to email us at email@example.com.