The Hunter Museum’s young patron group, Avant-art, will host its premier annual museum fundraiser, Hunter Underground, for the twelfth consecutive year on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. At Underground, the museum’s basement will be converted from a maze of art storage to a chic night club with music, entertainment, and art. The evening will feature DJ Summer Dregs, heavy hor d’oeuvres, creative cocktails and – new this year – a dance party in the loading dock.
Tailored to veteran and young collectors alike, Underground’s silent art auction features works at a variety of price points. Silent auction works will be available from several established local galleries as well as newcomers Lit and Frequency, with additional works from Charlotte, North Carolina galleries Hidell Brooks, Alison Sprock Fine Art, and Shain Gallery.
The evening also includes the Smash & Grab Gallery. Underground attendees can purchase Smash & Grab Gallery tickets; those whose tickets are drawn will have 30 seconds to enter the Smash & Grab Gallery to grab a work of art to add to their personal collections. This year’s Smash & Grab Gallery includes more than 40 works donated by artists such as Myles Freeman, Daryl Thetford, and Aloyse Blair.
Hunter members at the Avant-art level and above who purchase tickets to Underground receive exclusive access to the second annual Hunter Underground Preview Party, which begins at 7 p.m. and includes a champagne toast and the first two Smash & Grab Gallery drawings. To learn more about Avant-art or to become a member, please call 752-2045.
Hunter Underground sponsors include Alice & Billy Oehmig, Acura of Chattanooga, BB&T Insurance Services, and Maycreate.
Hunter Underground tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at http://www.huntermuseum.org or by calling 267-0968. Tickets are $60 for Hunter Museum members and $75 general admission and include event admission, food, and drinks. Must be 21 or older to attend.