February 5th - Febraury 28th, 2015

Reception: Thursday, February 19th 5-9pm
Live Art Auction: Saturday, February 28th, 2-4pm




At STUDIO Z: THE GRAND SHOW at Butcher Block Mill, February 5th-28th, 2015. Opening Reception, Thursday, February 19, 5-9PM

This month, exclusive artworks at reduced prices in multiple media will be on display at Studio Z. Studio Z's high ceilings and open gallery space leads itself to magnificently display such large-scale works of art. The title of the exhibition, "The Grand Show", simply relays the message that artwork presented will be grand in both scale and impressiveness, but not in price. The purpose of this exhibit is to offer art at modified prices with the intention to build new audiences and collectors for all represented artists.

This is how this show works: If a piece of art is normally priced at $2,400, we will print the $2,400 label, but the price will be reduced and the piece will be hung on the $2,000 wall to show our collectors -that it is on sale for $2,000 for one month only. There will be four designated walls - One wall of original art work priced at less than $1,000, and the other three walls priced at $1,000, $2,000, and $3,000. Participating artists include artists from the stable of Gallery Z, as well as hand-selected original art works from Gallery Z Director Berge Zobian's personal collection. Collectable art works include work from the turn of the century.

There will also be an art auction happening during this exhibit.

ART AUCTION

Twenty works, all of which are appropriately framed, have been selected for Studio Z's first Art Auction which will take place in the exhibition room during the "Grand Show" from February 5 until February 28, 2015. This is a two part Art Auction, consisting of a Silent Auction (2/5 - 2/28, 3:00) that will be continued immediately into the Live Auction (2/28, 3:00 PM). February 28 is the last day of the "Grand Show" exhibit, and we will host an event from 2:00-4:00 on this day to allow for a "final hour" of the Silent Auction that will directly precede the Live Auction. The highest bid at the end of the Silent Auction will be the opening bid in the Live Auction (2/28, 3:00 PM, reception 2:00 - 4:00). For both the Silent Auction and the Live Auction, the Minimum Bid Increment is $50.00. For example, if the person prior to you has bid $1,500.00, you must bid a minimum of $1,550. The final sale of each piece in the Art Auction will not occur until the Live Auction has been completed. All Silent Auction participants, both in studio and absent, are encouraged to attend the Live Auction Event in order to defend the works of your interest.

SILENT AUCTION

Each piece up for auction has a corresponding bidding sheet attached to a clipboard located below the work. The Bidding Sheet identifies the artwork's information, the Original Price, Reserve Price, and Minimum Bid Increment. When placing your Silent Auction bid please notify the Gallery Attendant so we may collect your contact information before placing either your name or initials along with your bid price on the appropriate bidding sheet. The highest bid for each work at the end of the Silent Auction (2/28, 3:00 PM) will be continued into the Live Auction (2/28, 3:00 PM) as the opening bid price. If you have participated in the Silent Auction we strongly recommend attending the Live Auction in order to defend any works you have already bid on.

LIVE AUCTION

The highest Silent Auction bid will serve as the preliminary bid price for each work at the Live Auction. Again, there will be a $50 Minimum Bid Increment for each work of art in each portion of the Art Auction, and bidding will cease with the highest paying participant at the Live Auction (2/28, 3:00 PM). So, for example, should the highest Silent Auction be $2,500.00, the first Live Auction bid would be $2,550. If you have participated in the Silent Auction we strongly recommend attending the Live Auction in order to defend any works you have already bid on. All items purchased in the Art Auction will be finalized at the end of the Live Auction on February 28. At this time any work purchased in the Art Auction or the "Grand Show" will be able to be taken from the exhibit at 4:00 PM when the Live Auction portion of the Art Auction has come to an end.

ABSENT PARTICIPATION

Each work in the Art Auction has been posted to our website, www.galleryzprov.com, listed in The Art Auction Item Guide which identifies the artwork's information, the Original Price, and Reserve Price. This list is available via email upon request. Each work in the Art Auction has a $50.00 Minimum Bid Increment in all bidding formats (silent, out of state, and live). If you are unable to attend the "Grand Show" during the month of February or the opening reception on Thursday February 19, 2015 from 5:00 - 9:00, there is still an opportunity for you to place a Silent Auction Bid. To place an absent bid, please reference the Art Auction Item Guide on our website and when you have chosen the works you would like to bid on please contact Olivia at Studio Z with the Artist and Title of the works as well as your bidding price. When the Live Auction approaches, all Art Auction participants will be notified of the bidding status of the various works via email. Absent participants will have the opportunity to place a final, challenging bid on the works in order to defend them from other Live Auction participants should the out of state bidder be unable to attend the Live Auction event. The 2015 Art Auction Grand Show highest bid for each work at the end of the Silent Auction (2/28, 3:00 PM) will be continued into the Live Auction (2/28, 3:00 PM) as the opening bid price. If you have participated in the Silent Auction we strongly recommend attending the Live Auction in order to defend any works you have already bid on. Please contact us via telephone (1-401-751-1970) or via email (studiozprov@gmail.com).

Phone (1-401-751-1970): To place the most accurate bid during the Silent Auction it is recommended that out of state participants phone Studio Z during our business hours, Thursday - Saturday 12:00 - 6:00 EST. We can inform you of the current highest bid and quickly place your's.

Email ( StudioZProv@gmail.com): You may submit your bid at anytime via email to StudioZProv@gmail.com, however please be aware that while we frequently check our Studio Z email during our business hours (Thursday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00), absent bidding is a first come first serve basis. We will send a confirmation email if your emailed bid is successful or if your bid price must be raised to challenge the previous bid. We will also inform all absent participants of any bid increases on the particular works of your interest as they occur via email.

Please remember all bids are first-come first-serve: Every Thursday upon opening, all emails and phone messages from the prior week will be noted chronologically, and absent and on location Silent Auction bids will be updated as they are received. All bids placed from Sunday until the following Thursday will again be reviewed chronologically upon opening the following Thursday, and the cycle will continue until February 28 when the "Grand Show" Art Auction comes to a close.



Studio Z Visual Arts and Performance Space is located at the Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence, RI 02908, 401-751-1970.

Studio Z regular hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6, or by chance, or by appointment. For Thursday receptions we will be open until 9PM. Studio Z and Gallery Z are tax-free zones.