While the idea of “smash and grab” may evoke images of a sneaky burglar shattering a window or display case and running away with the pillaged goods, attendees at Locust Projects’ “Smash & Grab” event on Saturday, 13 October 2018, got away with a steal of a different sort in the form of donated artworks. Smash & Grab, Locust Projects’ Annual Fundraiser, is based on a unique concept: Ticket holders are entered into a raffle whereby the pecking order of picking a piece is established. Locust Projects ensures that every ticket holder goes home with an original artwork for themselves. This year was particularly special as it marked the 20th Anniversary of the not for profit art space.
The buzz in the room was noisy and energetic -- akin to a locust frenzy, if you will. Just after 7:30pm, Locust Projects’ Executive Director, Lorie Mertes, welcomed the crowd and explained the rules to the “chomping at the bit” crowd. Shortly thereafter, the bidding was underway and patrons reviewed their last minute notes on potential selections whilst they waited in high anticipation of hearing emcee Dennis Scholl call out the lucky names. After the excitement had somewhat abated post-raffle, guests continued to mingle and enjoy bites by 222 Taco, Shake Shack and Harry’s Pizza while the charmed winners had their pieces carefully wrapped up by renowned art handling/logistics company Gander & White. The awesome music provided by The Rhythm Foundation certainly added to the ambiance of the evening.
I was honored to have a photograph included in the event and know that my work is off to a good home. After all, anyone who supports a great cause like Locust Projects’ mission and programming as well as local artists is a friend of mine. All in all, there’s no better way to describe the occasion but as a “smashing” success!
© Los Bandidos del Arte, 2018.