LVA’s annual art[squared] fundraiser is like a grab bag of local artwork

LVA’s art[squared] features anonymous work by more than 200 local artists. | Courtesy of LVA

Imagine a wall of art featuring the work of top artists. Now, picture someone removing all titles and names, letting them stand on their own merits as simply a piece of art — no preconceived notions of artist or worth.

That’s the idea behind Louisville Visual Art (LVA)’s art[squared] event, which takes place this weekend, April 12-13, for the sixth year. The fundraiser will feature the work, all on 8-inch-by-8-inch panels, of more than 200 local artists, and attendees can purchase what they like for $100 a pop.

The artwork is completely anonymous until after it has been purchased. All the money raised from the sale goes to the Children’s Fine Art Classes offered by LVA since 1925.

Organizers believe the beauty of the art being anonymous is it allows viewers to respond to what they like without prejudice or preference of knowing who created it. LVA Executive Director Lindy Casebier also believes the variety of the work adds to the fun of the show.

“There is truly something for everyone from the first-time buyer to seasoned collector,” he tells Insider. “Many attendees are ‘repeaters’ who have an art[squared] wall in their home.”

The event takes place Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. and is free to attend. You get 30 minutes to peruse the art and pick out your favorite(s) before purchasing. There also will be a silent auction featuring larger pieces, performances by Cirque Louis and raffle tickets to “Hamilton.”

However, if you’d like to get a sneak peek and even a chance to buy the art before Saturday, there is a special preview party on Friday, April 12, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets to this are $45 in advance or $50 at the door and include two drink tickets. And there’s also a VIP option that is $125 and features one piece of art and two drink tickets.

LVA is located at 1538 Lytle St. in Portland.