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Art Con still has what it takes after 10 years of street-level philanthropy

Art Con has what it takes after 10 years of street-level philanthropy

Cassie MacGregor, Rob Shearer at Art Con X
Cassie MacGregor, Rob Shearer Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lauren Hamm, Cyrus Keefer at Art Con X
Lauren Hamm, Cyrus Keefer Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jessie Martinez, Rachel Hares, Mary McCarthy at Art Con X
Jessie Martinez, Rachel Hares, Mary McCarthy Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
John Weidenfeller, Terri Symonds at Art Con X
John Weidenfeller, Terri Symonds Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Cari Weinberg at Art Con X
Art Con board member emeritus Cari Weinberg (right) watches the auction. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Art Con X
Attendees took pictures of their favorites prior to the auction. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Auctioneers at Art Con X
Auctioneers inspired the crowd to spend. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Catherine Salmon, Amy Racinskas, Austin Trussell at Art Con X
Catherine Salmon, Amy Racinskas, Austin Trussell Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kids from Ballet Folklorico at Art Con X
Kids from Art Con X beneficiary Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jencey Keeton, Cole, Tramaine, Nicole Cullum Horn, Tyler, Taylor at Art Con X
Jencey Keeton, Cole, Tramaine, Nicole Cullum Horn, Tyler, Taylor Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Art Con X
Works from more than 150 local artists were auctioned off. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Gigi Kraynick, Liz Kaiser at Art Con X
Gigi Kraynick, Liz Kaiser Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Art Con X
The artists were given an 18-x-18-inch piece of plywood to create their works. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jeff Miller, Ruth Griggs, Kellee Bascher at Art Con X
Jeff Miller, Ruth Griggs, Kellee Bascher Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kevin von Atzigen, Rachel Chapman, Jenna Gilbert, Jose Figueroa at Art Con X
Kevin von Atzigen, Rachel Chapman, Jenna Gilbert, Jose Figueroa Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Greg Lawrence, Jenny Altick Lawrence, Tim Langford at Art Con X
Greg Lawrence, Jenny Altick Lawrence, Tim Langford Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Shirley Henson, Sarah Wortham, Summer Smith at Art Con X
Shirley Henson, Sarah Wortham, Summer Smith Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Audrey Hutson, Madison Cotton at Art Con X
Audrey Hutson, Madison Cotton Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Meghan Giddens, Kat Kunze at Art Con X
Meghan Giddens, Kat Kunze Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Art Con X
Yep. It was cold. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Cassie MacGregor, Rob Shearer at Art Con X
Lauren Hamm, Cyrus Keefer at Art Con X
Jessie Martinez, Rachel Hares, Mary McCarthy at Art Con X
John Weidenfeller, Terri Symonds at Art Con X
Cari Weinberg at Art Con X
Art Con X
Auctioneers at Art Con X
Catherine Salmon, Amy Racinskas, Austin Trussell at Art Con X
Kids from Ballet Folklorico at Art Con X
Jencey Keeton, Cole, Tramaine, Nicole Cullum Horn, Tyler, Taylor at Art Con X
Art Con X
Gigi Kraynick, Liz Kaiser at Art Con X
Art Con X
Jeff Miller, Ruth Griggs, Kellee Bascher at Art Con X
Kevin von Atzigen, Rachel Chapman, Jenna Gilbert, Jose Figueroa at Art Con X
Greg Lawrence, Jenny Altick Lawrence, Tim Langford at Art Con X
Shirley Henson, Sarah Wortham, Summer Smith at Art Con X
Audrey Hutson, Madison Cotton at Art Con X
Meghan Giddens, Kat Kunze at Art Con X
Art Con X

Dallasites bundled up and braved the cold and drizzle Saturday night for Art Con X, which took over the warehouse at 500 Singleton Blvd. near Trinity Groves. The 10th iteration of this popular music-filled art auction was not only a chance to score a piece of original art for a song, but also an opportunity to fill the coffers at Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, this year’s beneficiary.

Most of the action took place indoors, of course, where 18-by-18-inch works from 150-plus artists — including Alison Jardine, Jason Janik, Corey Godrey, and teen (and eight-year alumna) Kate “K8” Langley — were auctioned off to the highest bidders. Hardworking auctioneers — including Reid Robinson, Rawlins Gilliland and Rob Shearer — always do their part to inspire the crowd to spend.

A piece from Hobbes Vincent was the big-ticket item this time around, raking in $2,200. Vincent’s work also was the top bid-getter at Art Con’s summertime event, Wrecked, BTW.

Music from Booty Fade, Son of Stan, Happy Bullets and DJ CeePee complemented the artwork and helped keep everyone’s minds off the cold. Folks did have to venture outside for some vittles, and food trucks Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Easy Sliders and more were happy to help fill their bellies. Back inside, they could hide out and have fun in the photo booth.

Weather be damned, local artists created works onsite, one of the trademark activities of Art Con. Attendees — including Lauren Hamm, Cyrus Keefer, John Weidenfeller, Terri Symonds, Art Con board member emeritus Cari Weinberg, Nicole Cullum Horn, Jeff Miller, Ruth Griggs and Kellee Bascher — also could see who benefited from their generosity, because adorable kids from Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico were there, dressed proudly in their colorful costumes.

Art Conspiracy has been organizing artist-led events since 2005. Its mission is to inspire Dallas’ art and music scenes to join forces for the benefit of local nonprofit arts organizations that offer creative programming in the form of art or music that gives back to youth, families and citizens of Dallas. In the last 10 years, it has raised more than $250,000.