Art lovers and casual fans are encouraged to visit Rockfield Manor this weekend to support local artists.
All buyers of tickets to the third annual Addicted 2 Art fundraiser will have the opportunity to take home a piece of art crafted by Harford County painters, potters, sculptors and those who work in other media.
All ticket buyers will be entered in a lottery to pick out one of about 65 artworks, Rockfield Manor Director Jane Pessagno said.
"Once the lottery begins it creates a lot of excitement, and it's interesting to see what people's first and second choices are," she said.
Event patrons can pick pieces of art as their numbers – marked on balls – are drawn from a hand-cranked lottery machine.
"It's very antiquated, to some degree, but it's a lot of fun that way," Pessagno continued.
The balls are provided by Party Party Event Rentals of Forest Hill, one of many local supporters of the event.
Tickets are $50 each and are still available. They can be obtained in advance by calling 410-638-4565, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We can only sell as many tickets as we have pieces of art," Pessagno said.
If any tickets are unsold, the remaining pieces of art are auctioned off after the lottery.
The event is coordinated by the Rockfield Foundation, which operates the nearly 90-year-old Rockfield Manor in Bel Air, and the Harford Artists' Association.
The Harford Artist Association is a "non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the fine arts in Harford County," according to its website, http://www.artinharford.org.
Pessagno said Bel Air town officials asked the Rockfield Foundation and the artists group to coordinate Addicted 2 Art, an idea she called "really fun and successful and worked out really well."
The association also rents the former caretaker's cottage on the manor grounds for the Harford Artists' Gallery. The Harford Artist Association's Starving Artist Sale will be available there through Feb. 24, and all pieces are on sale for under $100 each.
Patrons of Addicted 2 Art can also visit the gallery Sunday.
Pessagno said the event is "a way for these artists to represent themselves." Entries are not limited to artists who are members of the HAA, and all participating artists have been invited to attend the reception.
Addicted 2 Art begins at noon Sunday with a reception in the Manor house, giving event-goers the opportunity to view the artworks before the lottery, which begins at 2 p.m.
The reception will feature wine, refreshments and piano music from Troy Lawson of the Harford based Maryland Conservatory of Music.
"It's a very nice afternoon reception with live music," Pessagno said.
Event sponsors include the town of Bel Air's Cultural Arts Group, which provided a $500 grant for advertising and other expenses; Pairings Bistro, Dean and Brown Catering and Primo Martinis, which will provide food; Bel Air Liquors will provide wine and champagne and FastFrame of Bel Air is sponsoring the tickets.