Benefit 2016 is not only a fabulous social happening but also a showcase for exceptional contemporary art featuring work from the emerging to the established, and new pieces are being added daily to the auction list. Most importantly of course, this benefit event is the major annual fundraiser for InLiquid, which supports and promotes visual artists while serving as a comprehensive hub and catalyst for our region’s arts community.

The Benefit returns to the Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts, where the first floor space will be transformed into a three-day only showcase of 250+ works by emerging and established artists.

The theme for the weekend is Press Bid to Play, celebrating InLiquid’s third year of revolutionizing the local art auction sphere through a virtual transformation, in which guests will reboot their collections and experience a crash-course in visual mediums. Painting, photography, fashion, furniture, and more will be available via mobile bidding platform 501 Auctions, where works at every price point are just a smartphone click away. Throughout the evening, tablet-wielding concierges will be on-hand to assist the audience with their purchasing questions.

Saturday, February 6
The Main Night VIP:  4:30 – 6 pm

Saturday night kicks the experience into high gear with a VIP preview from 4:30 – 6 pm, offering a more intimate and formal occasion to preview the art and items on display. The immersive, interactive art collecting experience overtakes three rooms, including a VIP lounge for high-level patrons and sponsors throughout the night. Come out and enjoy the "Love Lounge" designed by Bryan Hoffman Design and accented with pieces from Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse. Also includes a special performance by Laurent Bass.The VIP ticket price is $85 in advance, $100 at the door

The Main Night General Admission:  6 – 10 pm
The Main Event opens the bidding rooms up to the general public at 6 pm. Participants will be ushered into the Grey Area, where catered selections by Birchtree Catering circulate in three stages over the course of the event and an array of gift certificates from local boutiques and restaurants will beckon attendees onward into the thrill of the hunt, displayed on pieces provided by Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse. Bidding wars will heat up in the Icebox Project Space, approximately 4,500 square feet of labyrinthine two-and-three dimensional art displays.

Vie for work by artists at all levels – from local to international – including Shepard Fairey, Jacque Liu, Jon Manteau, and Diane Burko, just to name a few. Lori Zimmer – ArtNerd blogger and author of The Art of Cardboard – guest-curates a selection of work from NYC, recoding the other east coast city for Philadelphia audiences. Recharge with Tito’s Handmade cocktails and Philadelphia Brewing’s cider and beer at the open bar, along with tasty hors d’oeuvres from Birchtree Catering. The Main Event ticket price is $50 in advance, $65 at the door and includes a live ice carving demonstration by Roger Wing.

Come feel the love in the Liquid Love Lounge! 
Hoffman Design Group creates pop-up lounge environments for special events and is thrilled to share this enchanting Liquid Love Lounge. You’re invited to the exclusive “other side” of the velvet rope, to get your strut going on the red carpet! Our Liquid Love Lounge is a chic, exterior piece where you and 14 of your lovers, errr friends, can vibe. The 6’ tall LED star will provide perfect ambiance to your evening, along with wintry lighted branches and a dramatic crimson glow to really set the mood. Let the sparks fly in our Liquid Love Lounge!

Friday, February 5
Young Professionals Night:  5 – 9 pm

Friday engages new and early collectors with Young Professionals Night. Guests will be among the first to view and place advance bids on the artwork and other items, as well as to learn about the importance of participating in the arts economy through a talk on collecting at the start of the event.

More importantly for the attendees, Young Professionals Night offers a rare chance for members of various young professional groups to meet, mingle, and network. Participating organizations so far include AIDS Fund, AIDS Law Project, Asian Arts Initiative, Career Wardrobe, Groundswell, Here’s My Chance, MANNA, PAFA, Painted Bride Art Center, PCCY, Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Emerging Museum Professionals, Philadelphia Film Society, Rago Arts, Temple Project Haiti, Vivace, Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Young Involved Philadelphia, Young Xers, Young Supporters of the Clay Studio, Young Professionals Network. YP night tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Each guest will receive (3) tasting tickets to sample offerings from local distilleries like Cooper River Distillers, Rowhouse Spirits Distillery, Siembra Spirits, while capturing it all at Poseybooth’s unique photobooth.

Want to help make this event a success? InLiquid believes in building strong partnerships, to create a bond of mutual support within the community. It is our goal that through your support at our event we can help promote you, whether it is through new people discovering your art / shop / restaurant, or reconnecting you with your admirers.

Interested in Sponsoring and/or Donating to this amazing event? 
For Sponsorships:  Rob Nonmacker at robnonemacker@inliquid.org
For Art Donations:  Sara Zimmerman at saraz@inliquid.org
For Business Donations:  Catherine Sirizzotti at catherine@inliquid.org
Click Here To Volunteer

Donate Art Work visit: http://bit.ly/benefit2016submit
Donate Goods & Services visit: http://bit.ly/benefit2016business

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*Shipping: Buyers are responsible for all shipping charges. If you are the winning bidder upon the close of our auction and would like a item shipped to you, please contact us so we can make arrangements.  For shipping outside of the continental US, buyers are responsible for making their own arrangements for shipping of the work. Please mail or e-mail info@inliquid.org a signed letter stating receipt/item(s) and name of the third party collecting the property prior to release.