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Instant art sale to help Hallwalls

Ready, set, draw.

These are the instructions for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center's latest fundraising event, an auction featuring work created on-the-spot by 30 artists.

"A Mid-Winter's Draw" gets under way in Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.) at 7:15 p.m. today. It features an essential who's who of local artists, including painters like Mark Lavatelli, Amy Greenan, AJ Fries and Bruce Adams, street artists like Tom Holt and Ogre, and even the odd photographer or sculptor. Also participating will be the early Hallwalls artist Charles Clough, who has recently expressed a desire to return to his native soil.

During a 45-minute period, each artist will create a new work on a 12-by-18-inch piece of paper. The works will then be auctioned to the crowd. The proceeds will go straight into the coffers of Hallwalls, the multidisciplinary arts center whose busy spring schedule includes major exhibitions in the visual and media arts and music.

Hallwalls visual arts curator John Massier, who hatched the idea for the auction, suggested that unpredictability of the event will be one of its main draws.

"It'll be fascinating to see what they come up with in that span of time. Drawing is a really interesting medium, because it's kind of a foundation practice. There are people who are sculptors who never exhibit drawings, but they draw all the time," Massier said. "They're not drawing from a model or still life. They're not addressing a theme. Some people might do something that seems very familiar to us, some people might use it as an occasion to try something different."

The evening features music by DJ Arson Daily, a cash bar and wine-tasting table. Admission is $5. For more information, call Hallwalls at 854-1694 or visit