About 70 regional artists will display 530 works of art at the ninth annual TAG, or The Art of Giving, benefit show from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the former Pier 1 store, 2830 Columbia Road.
Proceeds from the show will benefit Altru's pediatric therapy unit, CVIC and ArtWise, said Sally Miskavige, a TAG organizer and co-founder.
The works of artists from Bismarck, Minot, Belcourt and the Grand Cities, as well as Bemidji, Fosston and Minneapolis and Chicago will be available for sale. Artworks include paintings, pottery, sculptural pieces, photography and wood furniture pieces.
The show was curated by Jason Restemayer, a TAG co-founder and freelance interior designer who also created the display plan and hung the artwork.
Some artists will be familiar to local art-lovers.
“We have some works by Walter Piehl,” Miskavige said. “We’re proud to have six of his pieces, including four vintage pieces from the ‘80s and two newer pieces.”
Piehl, a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame, is a retired Minot State University art professor who is known for large, brightly colored paintings that capture the energy and excitement of the rodeo.
The artist, who sets the price of the work, receives 70 percent of the sale price.
“We feel this is a way for artists to develop new art they wouldn’t be able to make” without this income opportunity, Miskavige said of the event, which is open free to the public.
The remainder goes to TAG to cover expenses and support the organizations selected as beneficiaries.
“We had more than $250,000 in art sales that day,” Miskavige said of last year's TAG sale.
Proceeds from this sale will be used to buy art for the Art of Wellness gallery at Altru’s South Washington campus and CVIC headquarters. Funds will also be used to support an ArtWise project, in which elementary students will create art on panels that will be placed in the pediatric therapy department in the Altru Performance Center, located in the Med Park Mall at 13th Avenue and South Columbia Road.
Numerous businesses have donated services and materials in advance of the TAG show, and food and refreshments for the event, Miskavige said.
“The community is so generous. Everybody is just rallying around our project,” she said, adding that even the use of the building has been donated.
“It’s the most amazing community event,” Miskavige said. “We are just so appreciative. (TAG) wouldn’t be possible without such a great community.”