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This Friday: Snag Local Art For A Cause At The Annual Hospitality House Auction

One can never have too much original art—especially when that art is sold in support of neighbors in need.

From 6-9pm this Friday, Hospitality House is doing just that with its 31st annual art auction and fundraiser, in which Hoodline is participating as a media sponsor.

Each year, the auction draws a crowd of community members eager to bid on more than 100 pieces, many of which were created by central city residents through Hospitality House's Community Arts Program. The program offers economically disadvantaged people the supplies, space and support network they need to express themselves artistically and monetize their work.

After a change of scenery last year, Hospitality House is proudly bringing the event back to its original studio and gallery space, at 1009 Market St. (at Sixth). The entire building was recently purchased by The Luggage Store, with help from the Community Arts Stabilization Trust. Hospitality House recently completed a major renovation to its ground-floor studio to modernize the space.

The event features both a silent and a live auction. Upstairs, at the third-floor Luggage Store, attendees can peruse 95 works spread across the gallery's white walls, and silently place their bids. Downstairs, from 7:15 to roughly 8:15pm, the more competitive set will want to grab a paddle to bid on 22 select pieces. 

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Small bites from Vive La Tarte in SoMa will be served, along with wine, beer and a cocktail created for the occasion by Future Bars, owners of Bourbon & Branch and Tradition. 

Allan Manalo, Hospitality House's development director, told us the annual auction raises about $70,000 to support all six of the nonprofit's community programs, which include a shelter and drop-in centers for the homeless, as well as an employment program that saw tremendous growth last spring.

As this is a fundraiser, artists can opt to receive up to 25 percent commission for their works. Generally, artists exhibiting solo shows at the gallery receive 100 percent of their commissions, Manalo noted.

More details on the event can be found below. Before you go, visit the online gallery for an advance look at the works up for grabs, and get to know a couple of Hospitality House's most seasoned artists.

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