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Dare County Arts Council announces return of The Great Art Heist

Boast your best bid while supporting the arts at Dare County Arts Council’s fundraising auction, The Great Art Heist, which will open at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo on Friday, October 1.

The Great Art Heist was created in the wake of the pandemic and after a successful first year, the auction is returning with more art to steal for 2021.

“Join us for the fun and outbid us,” said event chairs Bea Basnight and Gail Midgett. “The Great Art Heist is our only fundraiser of 2021, so this event is vital to continuing DCAC’s programming in our community. Our goal this year is to have even more pieces of work in the auction for guests to bid on. By bidding on artwork in The Great Art Heist, you are supporting the arts and helping sustain the future of Dare County Arts Council.”

Bidding will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 1 at Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery and online at DareArts.org/artauction.

“Thank you to all of the artists who have already donated pieces to this year’s Art Heist,” said DCAC gallery director Lynne Francis. “We are constantly amazed by the talent in our artistic community.”

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Courtesy Dare County Arts Council

Artists willing to donate a piece of artwork to The Great Art Heist can email Francis at DareArtsGallery@gmail.com to coordinate pickup or drop-off.

Private viewings of The Great Art Heist will be available throughout October. To schedule a private viewing with a group of friends or for a business, email DCAC executive director Jessica Sands at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com.

Final bids must be in by 8 p.m. on Friday, October 29.

TowneBank is the presenting sponsor of The Great Art Heist.

“TowneBank is honored to once again serve as presenting sponsor for The Great Art Heist,” said Taylor Sugg, TowneBank northeast North Carolina president. “The Dare County Arts Council is an important part of our community, and The Great Art Heist is an ideal way for area businesses and residents to show their support for DCAC.”

Businesses interested in sponsoring The Great Art Heist should contact Sands at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com.

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information about the event, visit DareArts.org/artauction or call 252-473-5558.

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