How do I get selected to participate in The West Select?
The selection process is handled by Phoenix Art Museum’s Curator of American and Western American art, Jerry Smith Phd. If you are interested in being considered for The West Select, please contact Jerry Smith at Jerry.Smith@phxart.org.
How does The West Select Sale work?
The West Select Sale is a fixed-price, luck-of-the-draw sale. Each work of art in the Sale has a pre-set price. All prices are listed on both the wall next to the work of art as well as on the Price Sheet which is handed out on the evening of the Sale. Upon registration, buyers will receive an “intent to purchase” book. The intent to purchase book contains one intent to purchase slip for each work of art in the exhibition. Each slip is also stamped with the buyer’s individual buyer number. If a buyer wishes purchase a work of art, they must submit the signed intent to purchase slip in the box for the work of art they wish to purchase.
The “Intent to Purchase” period will begin at 5:30pm and will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes (until 7pm) and will conclude with a loud horn. At 7pm, two names will be drawn from each box and will be posted as the #1 and #2 buyers for the works of art. Buyer #1 has 20 minutes to purchase the artwork. At 7:20pm, another horn will blow, if Buyer #1 has not purchased the work of art yet, Buyer #2 will now have the opportunity to purchase. If buyer #2 does not respond, further drawings will be conducted until a buyer responds. Should any item remain unsold after subsequent drawings, it may be purchased at the stated price by any guest. MAC volunteers will remain in the gallery until the end of the evening.
This method not only proves exciting but offers an equal opportunity for both the first-time buyer and the seasoned collector.
How does the sale of Miniatures work?
The sale of Miniatures work in the same way as the other works – in a a fixed-price, luck-of-the-draw sale. Each miniature has a pre-set price. All prices are listed on both the wall next to the miniature as well as on the Price Sheet which is handed out on the evening of the Sale. Upon registration, buyers will receive an “intent to purchase” book. The intent to purchase book contains one intent to purchase slip for each miniature in the exhibition. Each slip is also stamped with the buyer’s individual buyer number. If a buyer wishes purchase a miniature, they must submit the signed intent to purchase slip in the box for the work of art they wish to purchase.
The “Intent to Purchase” period will begin at 5:30pm and will close at 7:30pm. At 7:45pm, the name of the winning bidder will be posted on a sign near the Miniatures Gallery. A second drawing will be held at 8pm, if necessary.
All miniatures can be taken home the night of the sale as they will NOT remain on view for the run of the Exhibition.
What exactly does “registration” mean?
During registration you will receive, your name badge (which allows you access to all the events which you have registered), your intent to purchase book (which allows you to bid on the works of art), a price sheet and a Western Art Collector goodie bag containing an official Exhibition Catalogue.
What do I need to register?
Usually all you will need to register is the name under which the tickets were purchased. We do suggest you bring your ticket confirmation letter/e-mail, in case there are any unforeseen problems.
What times and where can I register?
Registration will take place at the following time and location:
Friday, November 14
10am – 8pm
Phoenix Art Museum
Will I have many opportunities to meet the artists participating in The West Select?
Although all the artists participating in The West Select would like to be in Phoenix for the weekend of the Sale, not all of their schedules will allow them to be here. Those artists who are in town will be at the Kick-Off Reception on Thursday evening as well as the Awards Luncheon on Friday afternoon as well as the Sale on Friday evening. Also, we suggest attending the ArtWalk in Downtown Scottsdale after the Kick-Off Reception on Thursday evening. Many artists participating in The West Select are represented by galleries in Scottsdale and will be out and about on Thursday evening.
What is the weather typically like in November?
Weather in Phoenix in November is known to be very pleasant. Highs generally run in the low to mid-70s with overnight lows in the low to mid-40s. Please note, that we are not weathermen and we suggest you check the weather prior to packing. For complete information about Arizona’s weather, visit the National Weather Service or www.weather.com (The Weather Channel web site).
What is the attire for the weekend?
Thursday, November 13 at The Kick-Off Reception- Attire is casual.
Friday, November 14: Sale Preview, Awards Lunch and Artist Presentation at Phoenix Art Museum- Attire is casual.
Friday evening, November 14: The West Select Sale- Attire is western chic or Museum chic for this festive evening.
What is the schedule for The West Select Sale on Friday evening?
5:30pm – 8pm: The West Select Sale, Phoenix Art Museum’s Steele Gallery
5:30pm – 8:30pm – The West Select Sale & Cocktail Reception
5:30 – 7pm – Intent to Purchase period
7pm – 1st Drawing for Gallery Works of Art
7:30pm – Bidding on Miniatures Closes
7:45pm – Drawing for Miniatures
7:50pm – 2nd Drawing for Gallery Works of Art (if needed)
What time should I arrive at the Sale on Friday evening?
If you have purchased your tickets in advance (which we HIGHLY recommend!) but were unable to register earlier in the day, we suggest arriving as close to 5:30 pm as possible. Although registration should only take a few minutes, you might encounter a short line.
If you have not purchased tickets in advance, please allow yourself up to 15 minutes to register.
What time does the Sale end?
Although the second round of Intent-to-Purchase slips are drawn at 7:20pm, this does not mean that the Sale is technically over. Any works of art that are not sold are still available for purchase up until the end of the Exhibition on Sunday, December 28, 2014. In addition, the gallery will be open even after the last names are drawn. We highly recommend taking another look around the Exhibition; maybe something will catch your eye!
Can I pay for my artwork with a credit card?
YES. Credit cards as well as checks will be accepted, but
please note, there will be 3% fee charged for every credit card transaction.
When can I pick up my art?
All art will remain on display at Phoenix Art Museum until the close of the Exhibition on Sunday, December 28, 2014. After sufficient time to dismantle and crate the individual art pieces, they will be shipped insured-collect to the buyer. Buyers of sculptures (other than the one on display) should contact the artist directly to make arrangements for delivery. Again, all works of art in The West Select Sale and Exhibition will remain on display at the Museum until Sunday, December 28, 2014.
May I attend The West Select Exhibition on Saturday or Sunday after the Sale?
YES! We strongly encourage all attendees to visit Phoenix Art Museum as often as you would like. To see The West Select Exhibition during the weekend, all you will need is your official Name Badge. If you would like to see the Exhibition after the sale weekend you would need to purchase a general admission ticket which is $15 for adults. For more information on Phoenix Art Museum, please visit their website by clicking here.
All art that does not sell during the Friday evening, November 14 Sale Night will be available for purchase until the end of the Exhibition on Sunday, December 28. We encourage you to take another look at the Exhibition, something might catch your eye.
What if I would like a special (i.e.: vegetarian meal) at the Awards Luncheon?
If you require a special meal, please notify your server prior to meal service, they will be happy to accommodate you.
Where is Phoenix Art Museum?
Phoenix Art Museum is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix – on the corner of Central Avenue & McDowell Road. For more information on Phoenix Art Museum please visit the website by clicking here or call (602) 257-1880. Click here for a map and/or directions.
What is the Men’s Arts Council?
Phoenix Art Museum’s Men’s Arts Council (MAC) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in January 1967 to support the programs and activities of the Museum. With the talents and efforts of over 250 members, MAC organizes four distinctive annual fundraising events which benefit Phoenix Art Museum: The West Select Sale and Exhibition; the Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 Vintage Car Rally; the Southwest Double Gun Expo, a sporting clays competition and the annual Ripe culinary awards and tasting event.
For more information on MAC, please visit our website.
What is the Scottsdale Western ArtWalk?
Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. “America’s Original ArtWalk,” this weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) between 7 and 9 pm. That’s when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to the public (FOR FREE) and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists.
A tradition for more than 30 years, the ArtWalk process is simple – proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.
People love the fabulous weather and Scottsdale Downtown ambiance, and they often plan an entire evening that combines ArtWalk with a foray for drinks, dining or the theater.
Be prepared to be surprised by the wide array of artistic styles that are represented by Scottsdale galleries, from Western traditional to cutting-edge contemporary, from Southwest landscapes and Native American subjects to Russian Impressionism and more. Scottsdale ArtWalk keeps you on your cultural toes!
Scottsdale ArtWalk is also a great place to “people watch.” Sure, famed artists may be guests at individual gallery receptions, or even demonstrating their work, but the art-walking public itself offers up a wide slice of life, a mix of locals and tourists of all kinds.
For more information, visit their website.
Planted firmly in the Salt River Valley, or Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona is surrounded by a series of stunning desert mountain ranges, including South Mountain Park, the largest metropolitan park on Earth. Called Hoozdo in the Navajo language, meaning “this place is hot,” Phoenix, also has some of the highest seasonal temperatures anywhere in the world. Appropriately named from the mythological bird that rose from the smoldering ashes of it predecessors, Phoenix was first settled in 1867 by industrious farmers who brought forth the bounty of the fertile, but dry land via a canal from the nearby Salt River. Today’s Phoenix is the pride of Arizona, and the fifth largest U.S. city by population. With its captivating desert surroundings, and nearly 300 days of warm weather each year enabling a variety of year round outdoor activities – from hiking and Jeep tours to horseback riding and hot air balloon adventures – Phoenix has become a perennial “hot-spot” for residents and tourists alike.
Hotel accommodations are available at both the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown ($129 per night plus tax; (602)262-2500) and The Saguaro in Old Town Scottsdale ($109 per night plus tax; (480) 308-1100.) Be sure to ask for the Phoenix Art Museum/West Select rate when making reservations. Transportation will be available on Thursday evening for the Kick-Off Reception as well as all day on Friday between the host hotels and the Museum.