Art To Be Auctioned at Bacchanal Opens Gallery Exhibit Season

The fall season of the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery at Tennessee Technological University will open with an exhibit featuring all of the artwork available for auction at the third annual Autumn Bacchanal.

The art, which encompasses various media including a variety of two-dimensional works, plus clay, glass, fiber, metal and wood, has been donated by university faculty, emerging professional artists, members of the Tennessee Association of Crafts Artists and selected regional artists. The exhibit will be on display in the gallery from Sept. 21-Oct. 3.

"The works of these artists bring together the campus, the community and the region in a perfect display of talent and creativity," said Sally Crain-Jager, associate professor of art at Tennessee Tech. "This exhibit is just the type of thing that we like to highlight at the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery and the Bacchanal."

Many of the participating artists will be on hand for a public opening reception Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1-4 p.m., and WCTE-Ch. 22 will tape footage for an upcoming "Upper Cumberland Camera" segment featuring a televised "sneak preview" of the art at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2.

After the exhibit ends, the artwork will be available for purchase in an auction at the third annual Autumn Bacchanal from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Spankies' Restaurant. The Bacchanal will offer the public a chance to experience an afternoon of wine, food and art while supporting the arts programs at Tennessee Tech.

Selected works in the show will be available for advance "silent" bidding at the gallery during the exhibit and ending at noon the day before the Bacchanal. High bids from the silent auction will be announced at the Bacchanal.

Tickets to the Bacchanal can be purchased in advance for $25 per person or $30 on the day of the event. For more information, call Sally Crain-Jager at 372-3775 or Brenda Smith at 372-3161. ***