The show will go on! Artopia, Tallahassee’s largest charity art auction, will be ONLINE this year. This must-attend fundraising event benefits the Big Bend Cares’ Client Services Department.

Join us on Saturday, June 27th on our Facebook page and Auction Site to bid on amazing artwork by some of the best local and regional artists. Covid-19 may have put the damper on the yearly in-person Artopia event, but it will not stop the show! Check out our auction site to view all of the terrific local art, and then pre-bid ahead of the live online auction or join us live on June 27th to bid live real-time in the live auction webcast via Facebook.

Online Auction Details

Register: We recommend registering here at least 24 hours in advance since your account must be approved before you can place a bid. You must register in order to pre-bid, absentee bid, and join the live auction.

To Bid: Please make certain you set a reminder. Don’t miss the live web-cast auction. Make certain you are logged in to your bidder account and then visit the online catalog just prior to 6pm Eastern on June 27th. Once on the online catalog, select the large red banner at the top of the online catalog “Enter Live Auction Webcast”. This will take you to the live web-cast bidding page where you will be able to bid live. When bidding live, please do not hesitate in hitting the Bid Button. The sale moves quickly, so please bid quickly. Hesitation in executing your Bid may cause you to miss out on winning the lot.

Bidding Live by Telephone (During the live auction event): Bidding live by telephone is an excellent way for a bidder to be on the phone live while the lot is on the auction block. Live telephone bids require you schedule them in advance of the auction so that we may assign a phone bidding representative. If bidding live by telephone, please make certain you set a reminder and answer your phone. Know, in advance, the amount you plan to bid on any given lot you are bidding by phone. While on the phone with your phone bidding representative, communicate quickly and clearly with the representative. Do not hesitate and avoid delays. Hesitation in communicating your Bid may cause you to miss out on winning the lot. (We do offer the option of providing a “back up bid” which may be executed in the case we cannot reach you by phone for a given lot. A “back up bid” would be executed as an absentee bid in the case we cannot reach you by phone during the live auction.) Schedule Live Telephone Bids.

Pre-bidding/absentee bidding: You are able to leave pre-bids / absentee bids ahead of the Live Web-Cast Auction. This is very useful if you will not be available during the live online auction. We recommend leaving your highest and best bid. All pre-bids will be executed by the online bidding software. Absentee bids are only executed to the increment necessary to win the lot. For Example: if you leave a bid of $800 on a lot, but in the course of competitive bidding, the lot ONLY requires a bid of $400 to win, you will win the lot at $400. We stress, it is important to leave your highest and best bid when leaving absentee bids. Following each auction, we consistently hear from buyers who lose out and wish they had been more aggressive with their absentee bids – don’t let this be you. Visit the online catalog, register, and leave absentee / pre-bids now.

Join our Facebook Live: On June 27th, beginning at 5:45 visit our Facebook page to watch our live stream of the event. Host Chrissy Souders will be joined by artists and board members as we watch the bids go up in real-time!

Wine and Cheese Boards: What’s the perfect accompaniment to an art auction? A bottle of wine and a cheese board! Bring the cocktail party to your at-home Artopia 2020 experience thanks to our partners at Social Catering and Events! Order your cheeseboard for pickup on June 26th. https://madisonsocial.com/artopia

2020 Artwork Submissions
Frequently Asked Questions

Because this is a fundraising event for Big Bend Cares, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of all donated art go to Big Bend Cares. Most artists donate their artwork because it makes them feel good to give back to the community and it brings added exposure to their work.

Big Bend Cares accepts all forms of artwork and media. Past Artopia events have featured oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pottery, photography, sculpture, glasswork, pen and ink, jewelry, woodwork, and mixed media – just to name a few!

Up to three (3) pieces per artist are permitted. You will receive a complimentary VIP Artopia ticket for each artwork donation.

In 2020 Artopia will not be a juried event.

In 2020, there will not be a People’s Choice Award.

By providing the usual retail selling price (fair market value) of each piece, the buyer may claim the amount paid in excess of the fair market value as a tax deduction. If no value is assigned prior to bidding, the buyer will not know how much of their donation counts as a tax-deductible contribution.

Please see your tax advisor or visit irs.gov for details.

People bid higher when they know something about you and your work. Your art will be better appreciated if you provide a simple description of what you made, why you made it, and what it represents. Keeping your artist biographical information to three or four major accomplishments allows the bidder to remember highlights of your career while viewing your artwork online.

Collected art will remain in locked offices at Big Bend Cares.

Yes. You get one free VIP ticket to Artopia 2021 for each art piece (up to three pieces).

If you still have any questions, please call Big Bend Cares at 850-656-AIDS (2437), or email csteiner@bigbendcares.org.