Arts Benicia has two big reasons to revel at this year’s annual art auction, one of Solano County’s most significant and fun events. The premier arts organization is celebrating their silver anniversary, and the 20th anniversary of the auction itself. This is an opportunity for locals to celebrate our rich cultural bounty by experiencing art on an intimate level. Socializing with friends, sipping wine or a cocktail, viewing fine art and generally having a great time are all part of a magical evening.

This is one party where you can dress up, dress down or dress with personality. Competing with your friends in a silent or live auction for a one-of-a-kind painting, hand-blown glass, weaving, woodcarving, sculpture, mixed media print or many other types of unique art amps up excitement. Lucky silent and live auction bidders come away with something of lasting quality as well as memories to be retold into the future.

“The arts are booming. I think people are aware of the value and livability that the arts bring to our town. The auction brings people together—artists, art enthusiasts, lay people and sponsors. We love the creative culture of our town and want to sustain that culture long-term,” says Laura Buchan, Arts Benicia’s program director. “It’s exciting. There’s also a cross-cultural connection happening between cities through art.”

This year’s auction will be held at the Benicia Clocktower at 6:30 pm, Friday, September 22. There’s a no-host bar: Beer and wine will be available and The Rellik Tavern will be on hand making a specialty cocktails. Free hors d’oeuvres are compliments of local eateries. Don’t miss it!