Southwest Center to host art show aimed at benefiting HIV/AIDS research

Final preparations for the upcoming Art for HIV Art Show will be held Friday, November 18, 2016, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. (Submitted photo)

Final preparations for the upcoming Art for HIV Art Show will be held Friday, November 18, 2016, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. (Submitted photo)

Art Explorers AZ and Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS have teamed up for the largest art show “Art Extravaganza” and silent auction in the Valley thus far this year.

The event, which is a juried art show, is Friday, Nov. 18 from 6-9 p.m. at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness at 1101 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Additionally, a press release states the event is free and open to the public.

The event is going to be a lively, festive event with food, wine, music, artist demos, live body painting as a fundraising “money tree” and 96 juried pieces of excellent artwork from local artists. Ten of the artists will be conducting interactive participation of their art processes.

“Twenty six of our Art Explorers AZ artists from across the valley were juried into this show,” Kaz, founder of Art Explorers AZ, said in a release. “These artists have created almost a hundred impressive pieces of juried art that will most definitely be of interest to art lovers throughout the community.”

“Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS is pleased to partner with Art Explorers AZ for this unique art fundraiser,” Ellen Lord, Fundraising and Events Manager Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS said in a release. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness for a fun and amazing event.”

According to a press release, the pieces of art are available for purchase along with a special Juried Art Show Book.

A percentage of all art and book sales will be donated to the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS to benefit the agency’s programs and services. However, all of the silent auction and other donation events during the evening will benefit the Center.

Festivities for the evening will also include placement awards, many artist demos, music, a live body painting “money tree,” creature sculptures, a giant 3-foot-by-6-foot crystal-clear photos on canvas and more.

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