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The Black Mountain Center for the Arts depends on the kindness and generosity of the community to put on 10 free gallery shows a year, as well as concerts, classes, events, workshops, lectures and Front Porch Theatre productions.

The 11th annual Auction for the Arts helps the arts center provide this programming. There are only 75 seats for the auction, which takes place at 6 p.m. March 5. Reservations before the night of the event are $25. On March 5, admission is $30.

Artfully organized again this year by the center’s board members, the event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception catered by the Black Mountain Ale House and a silent auction in the Upper Gallery of dozens of items including textiles, pottery, jewelry, gift certificates and entertainment discounts and packages.

About 7 p.m., the action moves downstairs to the theater for the live auction featuring auctioneer John Hill. Items will be presented by volunteers who provide information about the many objects up for bid. With the ante upped, bidding can become heated on items as diverse as sculpture, photographs, prints, and furniture, musical instruments and vacation accommodations.

Call 669-0930 to reserve a seat and auction paddle number. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more, visit BlackMountainArts.org.

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