Three popular art events will take place this weekend in Wichita

It's shaping up to be a busy weekend for art enthusiasts in the Wichita area.

Three popular events will be vying for their attention — and art-buying dollars, in some cases.

Here's a look at each one:

CityArts' Juried Art Exhibit

Local and regional artists were invited to submit works for this annual exhibit at CityArts, in Old Town Square. The jurist, Michael Jilg, professor of fine art at Fort Hays State, chose 33 artists for the show, for a total of 58 works that will be on display.

"Many of the artists will be here" for the reception tonight, said Angela Cato, CityArts spokeswoman. "Hopefully people will turn out and have a chance to meet the artists and look at this strong show."

Food and drink will be served during the reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., which is free.

On display will be two- and three-dimensional pieces in a variety of mediums. Most is for sale. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 23.

Auction at Wichita Center for the Arts

Many art lovers look forward to this annual event, which gives them a chance to bid in silent and live auctions for works both donated and sold on consignment.

"We only do it once a year, and it's one of the biggest events of our year," said John Boldenow, the center's theater director who also is the auctioneer.

The auction, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, features artists from all over the world. Much of the art is affordable to the average collector, but some pieces will bring in big bucks, Boldenow said. Included in the live auction will be a 1920 Birger Sandzen painting with an estimated value of $175,000; a Western painting by Martin Grelle, whose works have sold in the half-million dollar range; and a collection of signed French Schneider glass.

Those interested in bidding on art can preview it during the center's regular hours today and Saturday, before the auction Saturday night, Boldenow said. They can place their bids and hope they aren't overbid at the auction. About 300 pieces of art will be in the auction.

The event will include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Proceeds will go to underwrite the Center's theater program and galleries.

Admission to the 8th annual Art Auction and Theatre Benefit Sale is $20. For more information, call 316-634-2787, ext. 211.

Fall party at the Ulrich Museum of Art

Two major art exhibits will be on display for the Fall Opening Party at the Ulrich, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the museum on the Wichita State University campus.

"We have fall, winter and spring openings when we turn over the art in our large galleries as well as our own collection," said Carolyn Copple, interim marketing coordinator for the Ulrich.

One exhibit, called "Art on Speed," showcases the work of artists who explore motion, movement and time in art. The other, called "Hindsight Is Always 20/20," features artist R. Luke DuBois, whose unusual work revolves around the State of the Union addresses given by each U.S. president.

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and several Wichita skateboarders will do a demonstration in front of the museum as part of the "Art on Speed" exhibit. Three race cars from WSU's Formula and Baha teams also will be on display.

The event costs $7 for nonmembers and is free for members and WSU students. To make reservations, call 316-978-3664.

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weekend art events

CityArts' annual Juried Art Exhibit, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, CityArts, 334 N. Mead. Free. Information, 316-462-2787, ext. 742.

8th annual Fine Art, Decorative Art Auction and Arcade Sale, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Admission $20. Information, 316-634-2787, ext. 211.

Fall Opening Party, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU. Cost $7, free for members and WSU students. Reservations, 978-3664 or ulrich@wichita.edu.