ARTability

About the Event

Opportunity Enterprises 13th annual ARTability art show and sale featured artwork by artists with disabilities! On November 15, 2019 over $40,000 was raised! Proceeds from this event benefitted the art program at OE. This event is FREE, open to the public, and family friendly, featuring nearly 80 canvas paintings, hand-painted ceramics available for direct buy, art prints available for direct buy, live piano music, complimentary desserts, and a cash bar.

About Online Bidding

Artwork is auctioned using an online bidding platform. The auction site is live 2 days before the event. Instructions and information about online bidding can be found below!

Featured Artwork

The elements on this page come from this canvas painted by Michel. She chose this painting because she likes birds, especially cardinals, which is why she painted the bird red. Check out some of the other pieces that were featured at the event below!

Under the Sea Koi
Field of Flowers
Passion Flowers
The Tree of Life
Country Barn
Buzzer Beater
Big Heart
Spring Leaves
Flying With Ease

Parking Information

Valparaiso University Christopher Center Community Room

1410 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso

Parking on Campus:

  • If entering campus via LaPorte Ave, follow OE signage to parking lot 15. 

  • If entering campus via Rt. 30 or Sturdy Road, follow OE signage to parking lot 20. 

OE Provided Shuttle Service:

  • Park at St. Teresa of Avila Church, located at 1511 LaPorte Ave. The shuttle will drop off at the Christopher Center Community Room's front doors. The accessible shuttle will run throughout the entirety of ARTability, between St. Teresa's and Christopher Center.

Bidding Information

The online bidding platform being used for this event is called GiveSmart. The system requires users to enter their name, email, mobile phone number, and credit card information in order to place bids on a piece. Your credit card will only be charged if you end up as the winning bidder.

If you do not attend the event, or if you leave the art show before the auction closes and you win a piece, you will receive a text notification from the auction site. Simply arrange for alternate pick up of your piece by contacting OE Events Coordinator, Amy Wulf, at (219) 464-9621 ext. 333 or via email at amy.wulf@oppent.org.

Preferred payment method is credit or debit via the auction site. However, we will also accept cash or check at the event or at the time of artwork pick up.

What if I want to attend ARTability and bid on artwork, but I don't have a smartphone to access the bidding site?

GiveSmart staff members will be in attendance during the event and can place a bid on your behalf.

Bypass Bidding Wars with 'Buy Now' Option

Did you fall in love with a piece, and want to avoid being part of a bidding war for it? You're in luck! You can instantly buy a piece by buying it using the following instructions:

1. Visit the auction site: 

2. Click on "Items" on the top of the page

3. click on the item that you are interested in

4. near the bottom of the page, click the 'buy now' tab

 

This free event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

For more information contact Amy Wulf at 219.464.9621 ext. 333 or amy.wulf@oppent.org

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