ARTbeat 2017: Cirque du Surreal

ARTbeat 2017: Cirque du Surreal 2017-11-27T15:06:11+00:00

You’re Invited to KAC’s Annual ARTbeat Benefit Auction & Gala: Cirque du Surreal

Saturday, October 28, 2017 // doors open at 5:30pm

Bellevue Square, 600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Dare-devils and dreamers, join Kirkland Arts Center for the fantastic 9th annual ARTbeat Benefit Auction & Gala. Prepare to be delighted and amazed by art from over 30 of our region’s best emerging and established artists, travel, fine wine, dining, and unique experiences, yours for the bidding in our silent and live auctions presented by Auctioneer David Silverman. The evening includes a delicious 3-course meal and complimentary wine and cocktails.

Get your tickets now for ARTbeat: Cirque du Surreal, a gala evening inspired by the waking dreams of 1920s Surrealism. ARTbeat is Kirkland Arts Center’s most significant fundraising event, providing affordable art classes for youth and adults, access to free visual arts experiences for underserved populations, dynamic free-admission gallery exhibitions, and preservation of the historic Peter Kirk building. In 2016, ARTbeat raised over $190,000 to support KAC’s mission to bring dynamic art experiences to the greater Seattle area.

Buy Your Tickets


$250 VIP Patron Ticket

Includes an exclusive VIP preview reception with the artists, VIP pre-registration, early bidding privileges starting at 5:00 PM, VIP seating during the Live Auction, and all the benefits of the Individual Ticket.

$150 Individual Ticket

Includes a cocktail reception and Silent Auction, three-course dinner, and Live Auction seating.

$1500 Host a Full Table of Guests

Bring your friends for a night of fun! Includes 10 seats with all the benefits of an Individual Ticket.


Meal Options

Meat: Prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast and steelhead trout with herb polenta, ratatouille, and tarragon cream.
Vegetarian: Roasted tomato risotto with charred broccolini and fresh mozzarella.
Please let us know when you RSVP if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We unfortunately cannot guarantee accommodations for day-of registrations.

Can’t make it to ARTbeat this year?

Make a Gift in Lieu of Attendance

Auction Preview

ARTbeat features artists from the Kirkland Arts Center community; from instructors to students to art lovers. Over 50 pieces of art will be featured in the silent and live auction.

  • A Bird Story by Pamela Beer
  • Sample by Larry Calkins
  • Frozen Vessel by Steve Jensen
  • A Flower Talks by Michael Dickter
  • Mystic Reflections by Michele Cooper
  • Sound Cascade 16 by Ryan Molenkamp
  • Aves triptych by Stephanie Hargrave
  • Landslide by Toni Almerico
  • Manchester by E. Valentine Dewald II
Our ARTbeat art judge, Curator & Collections Manager at Office of Arts & Culture Deborah Paine, selected the five following artists as the 2017 William Radcliffe Studio Challenge finalists:

  • Toni Almerico
  • E. Valentine DeWald II
  • Stephanie Hargrave
  • Ryan Molenkamp
  • Anna Skibska

The winner will be announced at the ARTbeat Live Auction, so you don’t want to miss it!

View the 2017 Auction Catalog

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