The auction is silent but the impact of Artopia 2017 is immense. Local and regional artists donate their artwork, including a few signed and numbered limited editions. Money raised from the annual event held at the Tucker Civic Center on Saturday benefits Big Bend Cares. The Tallahassee-based nonprofit provides education and comprehensive support to people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS, serving Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Franklin, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties.
Artist Torrey Ella, 20, crafts wire sculptures while attendees of Artopia 2017 file in and out of the venue. (Photo: CD Davidson-Hiers/ Democrat)