PFAC BBQ & Auction coming up May 17

Great barbecue and an art auction are on the plate when the Peninsula Fine Arts Center holds its annual fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the center.

The evening starts off with cocktails and an auction preview. Barbecue will be provided by Smoke BBQ Restaurant & Bar. Mixologist Fred Rich will be serving his specially spiked Southern Sweet Tea, and band Brother Lucy will be in charge of entertainment.

Artists Edie Hughes and Brian Murphy will create original paintings on the spot that will be auctioned off later in the event. Other auction items include original artworks, jewelry, an oyster roast for 12 and round-trip airfare to any U.S. city.

Proceeds support the center’s exhibitions and educational programming. One of the center's core education initiatives, Art Access, is comprised of three programs: Access & Healing Arts, festivals and events, and ARTventures. These programs make an educational visual arts experience available to military families, at-risk youth, persons with disabilities, children from dual-working households or diverse populations, and individuals from low-income households.

Tickets for the auction are $40 in advance, $50 after May 12. There are sponsor levels available up to $2,500. For tickets and information, call 757-596-8175, or go online to

Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Mariner's Museum Park, 101 Museum Drive, Newport News.

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