Fact: the good people of Burnaway, Atlanta's beloved arts publication, know how to throw a party. Join 'em as they debut Castleberry Hill’s Abrams Fixture Corporation Building for their fourth annual Art Crush Auction, complete with open bar, eats from our favorite restaurants, live DJ, and an arsenal of artwork up for grabs. Be still, our hearts.
If we’ve gleaned anything about the fine folks of Burnaway in their seven years of existence, it’s one thing: they're experts at providing much-needed coverage and commentary on Atlanta's ever-growing arts scene, fostering smart critical dialog, and generally acting as a North Star of all things creative in this town. Oh, and they also know how to throw one damn grand party. So we guess we’ve learned two things. Exhibit A: the organization's annual Art Crush Auction, a no-holds-barred throw-down that we look forward to each year with the excitement and anticipation of a kid on Christmas morning. (If Christmas morning involved bourbon cocktails, food from all our favorite restaurants, live DJ, fabulous hosts, and an arsenal of artwork up for grabs, that is.)
On Saturday, March 7, Burnaway will host their yearly bash complete with open bar, signature bites, surprise guests, and an auction. It will also mark the event debut of the Abrams Fixture Corporation – an expansive, reclaimed warehouse space cozied away in Adair Park just south of Castleberry Hill. Its rustic vibes, situated right next door to the Metropolitan Arts District make for quite the romantic environs for such an event to take place. Plus, there will be a plethora of art installations orchestrated by the brains of Sumptuary on the premises for us to immerse ourselves in. Imagine, all of our favorite art crushes up for the taking in a space sporting work from Megan Mosholder, Andrew Boatright, Beth Malone, Molly Rose Freeman, Soft Buddy, Romy Maloon, and George Long. If that sounds a little like a date auction to you, you’re right on target. That's exactly what Art Crush does—only decidedly cooler.
Here's how it works: a handful of Burnaway's insanely creative, mega-talented, swoon-worthy art crushes, complete with their own personalized events and auction items, will be up for grabs in the live auction. Fancy architectural disruption projects? Perhaps an evening with one Scott Ingram is in the cards. Struck with a bit of wanderlust? Go see the sights of Athens’ art scene with Benjamin Britton, who will be able to give you the inside scoop right on his home turf. Or perhaps you're looking for a chance to shine. In that case, local author Laura Relyea has the most radiant of evenings in store for you, right on the eve of the rerelease of her book All Glitter, Everything from Deer Bear Wolf. Or maybe you want something to hold on to – in which case Emory’s poet Daniel Bosch would be more than happy to write you a love poem of your very ownsome. In addition to the stellar lineup of live auction items, the bash will also feature a silent auction of work from local artists like Troy Stains, Erin Palovick, Jiha Moon, and Mike Stasny, who will be donating original works of art to the highest bidder.
And, since there ain't no party like a Burnaway party, there will be an open bar featuring cocktails dreamed up by some of our favorite mixology wiz-kids from around town—all the better to wash down bites from our favorite local haunts. Trust us, you'll need that fuel for when the Red Bull DJ’s cache of vinyl hits the booth and sets the dance floor afire. If the thought of spending an evening sipping on cocktails, creeping on your favorite local artists, and cutting a rug on the dance floor isn't enough to seal the deal, know this: the annual event provides a healthy chunk of funding toward Burnaway's noble nonprofit efforts, benefitting the organization's online and print publications, mentorship programs, public programs and more. We'll raise a glass (and our auction paddles) to that.