Charitable Conspiracy

Art Conspiracy fans wreck Deep Ellum for frenzied fundraising auction

Art Conspiracy fans wreck Deep Ellum for frenzied fundraising auction

Jeff Miller, Ashley Wilson, Music is our Weapon, art con, wrecked
Ashley Wilson, Jeff Miller Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Valda Macready, John Macready, wrecked, art con
Valda Macready, John Macready Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Deanna Girard, Chuck Girard, Ross Grady High, Harley Joe, Emily Fones, wrecked, art con
Deanne Girard, Check Girard, Ross Grady High, Harley Joe, Emily Fones Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
art con, wrecked
In between auctions, local bands French 75, Ronnie Hart and Dark Rooms performed. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
art con, wrecked
Bidding in the live auctions started at just $50. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Laurel Rhodes, Joel lapidus, art, wrecked
Laurel Rhodes, Joel Lapidus Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Cale Sears, Benjamin statser, Cameron Klein, art con, wrecked
Cale Sears, Benjamin Statser, Cameron Klein Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Sarah magill, Reanna Bell!, art con, wrecked
Sarah Magill, Reanne Bell Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Works from more than 40 artists were auctioned live. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Haylee Ryan Yale, Mimo morreale, wrecked, art con
Haylee Ryan Yale, Mimo Morreale Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Marcos Isreal Gutierrez, Gonzalo Gutierrez, Brenda Portillo, Brittany Cline, Delana Isbell!, art con, wrecked
Marcos Isreal Gutierrez, Gonzalo Gutierrez, Brenda Portillo, Brittany Cline, Delana Isabell Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kim awa-Watson, Abby Hudson, Bekah shamsa, art con, wrecked
Kim Watson, Abby Hudson, Bekah Shamsa Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Rebecca lawson, Kristen Martin, art con, wrecked
Rebecca Lawsom, Kristen Martin Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jully Joseph, Katie Adams, art con, wrecked
Jully Joseph, Katie Adams Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jenny Cooper, Lauren callaway, wrecked, art con
Jenny Cooper, Lauren Callaway Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jeff Miller, Ashley Wilson, Music is our Weapon, art con, wrecked
Valda Macready, John Macready, wrecked, art con
Deanna Girard, Chuck Girard, Ross Grady High, Harley Joe, Emily Fones, wrecked, art con
art con, wrecked
art con, wrecked
Laurel Rhodes, Joel lapidus, art, wrecked
Cale Sears, Benjamin statser, Cameron Klein, art con, wrecked
Sarah magill, Reanna Bell!, art con, wrecked
wrecked, art con
Haylee Ryan Yale, Mimo morreale, wrecked, art con
Marcos Isreal Gutierrez, Gonzalo Gutierrez, Brenda Portillo, Brittany Cline, Delana Isbell!, art con, wrecked
Kim awa-Watson, Abby Hudson, Bekah shamsa, art con, wrecked
Rebecca lawson, Kristen Martin, art con, wrecked
Jully Joseph, Katie Adams, art con, wrecked
Jenny Cooper, Lauren callaway, wrecked, art con

Hundreds of Dallas art and music enthusiasts filled Life in Deep Ellum for Wrecked, the mid-year fundraising event for Art Conspiracy. Works from more than 40 artists were auctioned live to help fill the coffers of beneficiary Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico.

Bidding started at just $50 for art inspired by this year’s theme of deconstruction/reconstruction of ordinary objects. Fan favorites included Aralyn McGregor’s Sofa Queen, an oil on canvas portrait of ’60s icon Penelope Tree lounging on a sofa. But a piece by Hobbes Vincent raked in the highest bid of the night: $800.

As is tradition, music played an important role in the evening’s festivities, and three bands — Ronnie Hart, French 75 and Dark Rooms — provided entertainment. To keep up their energy, attendees — including Stephanie Quadri, Valda and John Macready, Laurel Rhodes, Joel Lapidus, Rebecca LawsomKristen Martin, and Ashley Wilson and Jeff Miller of Music Is Our Weapon — fed their appetites with food truck fare from Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Say Kimchi and Vegan Noms.

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 addition to Wrecked and its primary fall fundraiser, the organization recently added an ArtCon(cert) series to keep the charitable party going throughout the year.