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Bidding Opens Today For The Great Art Heist

Presented by TowneBank

Make out like a bandit at Dare County Arts Council’s fundraising auction The Great Art Heist, which opens today, October 2.

New works by over 100 local and regional artists have been generously donated to the auction.

“The variety of stunning artwork that has been donated to The Great Art Heist is amazing,” said Dare County Arts Council Gallery Manager Lynne Francis. “Between the original paintings, handcrafted ceramics, fine jewelry, and beautiful fiber art there is something for everyone’s taste in this auction.”

Bidding will start at 12pm on Friday, October 2 at Dare County Arts Council’s Gallery in downtown Manteo as well as online here.

Those interested in bidding in The Great Art Heist auction are encouraged to preregister online here. Preregistering will make the bidding process easier and allow guests to check the status of their bids throughout the month.

To schedule a free private viewing, please email Dare County Arts Council’s Executive Director Chris Sawin at

“Getting a small group of your closest friends together for a private viewing of the auction is a great way to have fun while supporting the arts in Dare County,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “Your private viewing will be an intimate event, where guests can safely enjoy themselves and wonderful works of art.”

Final bids must be in by 8pm on Friday, October 30.

The Great Art Heist is presented by TowneBank, the lead sponsor of the Dare Digital Arts program which emerged this spring as a way to celebrate and support the arts through initiatives that are safe, meaningful and innovative.

A special thank you to SAGA Realty & Construction, Jane Webster, Sun Realty, and Midgett Insurance for sponsoring The Great Art Heist.

For more information about this special event, please click here or call 252 473 5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

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