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Carrack to hold benefit auction

The Carrack Modern Art gallery, 111 Parrish St., will hold its second annual fundraiser, featuring exhibitions and events from Oct. 9 through Oct. 19.

The fundraiser aims to pay for The Carrack’s total operating costs for 2014, allowing the organization to sustain its unique and effective approach of providing a zero-commission space to local artists.

The past two years have confirmed The Carrack’s key role in the Triangle arts community, director Laura Ritchie said. Since its founding in 2011, the gallery has hosted more than 60 exhibits and supported hundreds of visual and performing artists.

“Durham is home to a passionate and engaged creative community,” Ritchie said. “The Carrack has created a welcome niche in this growing community, and once a year we look back to our patrons for support of the year ahead. Their generosity sustains our mission, and we are grateful for their continued support.”

Leading up to a gala on Oct. 12, The Carrack will display auction artwork for advance viewing. This intimate, curated exhibit of 25 original pieces will be open to the public daily from noon to 6 p.m.

In addition to the auction, the gala will feature a jazz performance from the Brian Horton Quartet. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided by Bull City Burger and Brewery, Wine Authorities, and LOAF Bakery.

The silent auction will include original pieces by Susan Harbage Page, Pedro Lasch and Lisa Creed. The event will also feature a “mystery piece” (covered for the event and revealed to the high bidder) and a “blind bid” piece. Additional auction items are a one-night reservation of The Carrack for an event of the winner’s choice, and a dinner cooked by Ritchie to be shared with a Carrack artist. Bidding is from 8 to 9 p.m.

Admission to the Gala is $40 for Carrack sustainers, $100 for others. For additional events and information go to www.thecarrack.org/event/fundraiser.