Rose Center’s ‘Summer Social’ going virtual

In the spring, Rose Center hosted the first ever virtual Kelley Marie Chic Boutique Spring Fashion Show.

Now, Rose Center will host the Second Annual Summer Social virtually on Sunday, August 20. The fashion show was a great success, and organizers hope the same will be true for this event.

The virtual Summer Social, generously presented by Morristown Utilities, will be different that last year’s inaugural event, but ticket holders will still receive an original work of art, and there will still be a silent auction. Silent bidding begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, August 20.

Rose Center can only sell as many tickets as they have artwork. This year, there are only 50 tickets available, which may be purchased by phone. The cost is $35.

Local artists have been bringing in their donated works to Rose Center.

“All the pieces are really nice this year,” said Beccy Hamm, Rose Center executive director. “Artists are some of the most generous people, and we appreciate their donations that make this such a special fundraiser.”

Numbers will be randomly assigned to the pieces and matched with the ticket of the same number. Some of the artists who have donated so far are Dan Gibson, Peggy Brewer, Tom and Cathy Teller, Bill Long, Debra Williams, Carol Rouse, Charlotte Brindley, Cindy Trobaugh, Douglas Moses, Peter and Liz Michael and David Freeman.

Anyone can bid on auction items, not just ticket holders. Greg Hurst, of Hurst Auctions, will be providing the auction portion of the event. Hurst Auctions has a free application that must be downloaded to see the items. Anyone who plans to bid will need to register ahead of time. Items will be visible on the app soon, and silent bidding will begin about a week before the live auction, which will take place at 6 pm on August 20.

This event is organized by members of the Artists Advisory Council: Christina Blazer, Peggy Brewer, Dan Gibson, Vicki Kinser, Liz Michael, Carol Rouse, and Robert Spirko, along with staff members Charlotte Brindley and Hamm. The Board of Directors is seeking items for the auction.

The auction will include more art, a quilt by Fay Andrews, gift baskets, gift certificates and many more items. Photos will be posted on social media. Individuals and businesses who would like to support this fundraiser for Rose Center by donating items of value may call 423-581-4330, and set up a time to drop off the items, or have them picked up, preferably by August 6.

Rose Center, located at 442 West Second North Street in Morristown, is currently open by appointment. The nonprofit gratefully acknowledges special COVID-19 relief grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission, Humanities Tennessee, and the East Tennessee Foundation.