Avant-Art, the Hunter Museum of American Art’s young-minded contemporary group will host Hunter Underground on Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 8 p.m.
In its seventh year, Hunter Underground provides guests the chance to party in the Hunter Museum’s basement that will be converted into a night club. The party will feature live music by CreativeUnderground, food and beverages. The event also offers a silent auction of art geared toward the new collector.
Works in the silent auction are from local and regional artists and galleries. A preview of the silent auction items will be available at www.huntermuseum.org.
One of the most popular elements of Hunter Underground is the Smash and Grab gallery, which will include several works hand-selected by Avant-Art’s Art Selection Committee from Asheville and Chattanooga area galleries. With a suggested donation of $25, Hunter Underground attendees can be entered into a drawing. Names will be drawn throughout the night. Attendees whose tickets are drawn have 30 seconds to enter the Smash and Grab gallery to grab a work of art to add to their personal collections.
“Smash and Grab is a fun way to add to or begin a personal art collection,” said Jason Shelton, Avant-Art committee chair. “The key is to buy multiple chances so you’re more likely to take home one of the works by some very well-known artists.”
Hunter Underground tickets may be purchased online at www.huntermuseum.org or by calling 267-0968. Advance tickets are $40 per person for members of Avant-Art, $50 for non-Avant-Art members, and $60 at the door. Tickets include event admission, food, beer, wine, signature cocktails and soft drinks. Must be 21 or older to attend.