POE-Zella! A BENEFIT EXHIBITION & PARTY (help Poe Baltimore & the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum)
About this event:
POE-Zella! — our lively POE-Zella-sized benefit auction/party celebrating Poe’s 206th birthday and the group exhibition featuring talented artists inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s life or writing. Our FREE party happens Saturday, January 17 from 1-3pm (with refreshments and special treats for sale,) and even better–the exhibit continues until January 31.
- From 1-3pm on Saturday, January 17, please join the fun during our free party and silent auction event. We’ll also have Poe-inspired goodies for sale, plus refreshments, and more.
- IF you choose to arrive dressed in a Poe-inspired costume (representing a recognizable character from Poe’s writing,) you’ll have the chance to win free gifts.
- In addition, sometime between 1:30-2:30pm, we’ll have a special dramatic reading of Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart by actress Cherie Weinert, exploring an innovative perspective of that story, told as a distraught woman’s tale. (If you heard about this performance last October in the Poe House, you know this is a don’t-miss moment….)
- As well, between 1:30-3:15pm, Baltimore illustrator David Plunkert will be selling and signing copies of his recently released, Gothic-inspired collection, Edgar Allan Poe: Stories & Poems. Partial proceeds from this signing will benefit Poe Baltimore.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS, EXHIBIT, & EVENT:
While some of POE-Zella’s exhibiting artists chose to include Poe’s visage or familiar “Poe” characters, in fact, contemporary artists William A. Alston, Katia Baskina, Greg Fletcher, Lorraine Imwold, Lisa Martin, Jim O’Connor, Steven Parke, Joanie Posner, Leslie Schwing, and TOVEN, each focused on their own ideas about Baltimore’s denizen of darkness. (Exhibition curator: Lisa Lewenz.)
Each work in this exhibition can be bought during our silent auction that began on January 8 (although bids won’t be finalized until 2:45pm, Saturday, Jan. 17 towards the end of our party.) All works that receive commitments for their minimum bidding prices will be sold to the highest bidder. Even better, it’s a “win/win” for everyone, since proceeds from the silent auction/sale will be split 50/50 between the exhibiting artists and Poe Baltimore (and purchasers can designate Poe Baltimore’s portion of the sale price as a 501c3 non-profit donation.)
Zella’s Pizzaria, the popular Holland Market dining and exhibition space, is located at 1145 Hollins Street, facing the southwest side of the Hollins Market, and bids may be placed during their normal business hours.
Again, the exhibit will be viewable between January 8-31, 2015 during Zella’s opening hours, and winning purchasers can pick up their artworks after January 31 when the exhibit closes (unless the purchaser and Poe Baltimore will make special arrangements.) Any unsold works that haven’t received minimum bids will remain on sale until January 31, the final day of the show.
BUT WAIT– THERE’S MORE!
Ancillary celebrations are also scheduled at the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, that will be open 11-1pm (front door closes @ 12:45pm) Saturday, January 17, and 11-3:45pm (front door closes @ 3:30pm) Sunday, January 18. (Admission this weekend is free, although donations are welcomed to help us maintain opportunities at the Poe House.)
We’ll look forward to seeing you at both venues, and welcome you to our lively celebrations throughout Poe’s 206th birthday weekend.