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Luck of the Draw

Ready, set, grab! Securing top artworks becomes a game in this unique DiverseWorks fundraiser

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6 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Karen Farber, Justin Segal, Rogelio Rendon, Rachel Cook
Karen Farber, from left, Justin Segal, Rogelio Rendon and Rachel Cook at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Daniel Heimbinder and Aimee Heimbinder
Daniel and Aimee Heimbinder at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
19 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Sixto Wagan, Judy Nyquist
Sixto Wagan and Judy Nyquist at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
23 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Suzi Steiger-Weistock, Nadia Michel
Suzi Steiger-Weistock, left, and Nadia Michel at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
22 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Isabel David and Danny David
Isabel and Danny David at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
21 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Sharon Engelstein, Michael Pearson
Sharon Engelstein and Michael Pearson at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Artist Loli Kolber
Loli Kolber at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
15 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Karen Farber and Stephan Farber
Karen and Stephan Farber at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
17 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Regina Romano, Nicole Romano, Erin Murphy, Carey Kirkpatrick
Regina Romano, from left, Nicole Romano, Erin Murphy and Carey Kirkpatrick at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Marita Fairbanks, Sheila Heimbinder, Isaac Heimbinder
Marita Fairbanks, left, with Sheila and Isaac Heimbinder at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Michael Galbreth, Keith Hollingsworth
Michael Galbreth, left, and Keith Hollingsworth at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Adrienne Johnson Yost,  Erin Siudzinski
Adrienne Johnson Yost, left, and Erin Siudzinski at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Stephan Farber, Emily Watts, Randal Fippinger
Stephan Farber, from left, Emily Watts and Randal Fippinger at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Madsen Minax, Gabriel Martinez, Regina Agu
Madsen Minax, from left, Gabriel Martinez and Regina Agu at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 David Waddell, Isela Aguirre
David Waddell and Isela Aguirre at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Jason Fuller, Elizabeth Dunbar, Marshal Lightman, Michael Tucker
Jason Fuller, from left ,Elizabeth Dunbar, Marshal Lightman and Michael Tucker at Diverseworks' Luck of the Draw. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Karen Farber, Justin Segal, Rogelio Rendon, Rachel Cook
2 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Daniel Heimbinder and Aimee Heimbinder
19 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Sixto Wagan, Judy Nyquist
23 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Suzi Steiger-Weistock, Nadia Michel
22 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Isabel David and Danny David
21 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Sharon Engelstein, Michael Pearson
16 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Artist Loli Kolber
15 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Karen Farber and Stephan Farber
17 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Regina Romano, Nicole Romano, Erin Murphy, Carey Kirkpatrick
14 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Marita Fairbanks, Sheila Heimbinder, Isaac Heimbinder
13 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Michael Galbreth, Keith Hollingsworth
11 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Adrienne Johnson Yost,  Erin Siudzinski
8 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Stephan Farber, Emily Watts, Randal Fippinger
5 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Madsen Minax, Gabriel Martinez, Regina Agu
3 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 David Waddell, Isela Aguirre
1 Diverseworks Luck of the Draw May 2013 Jason Fuller, Elizabeth Dunbar, Marshal Lightman, Michael Tucker

Call it an artsy hoedown blended with old school television game show sass — with Jeopardy sound effects thrown in for good fortune. Luck, after all, is what the grab-and-go throng needed at DiverseWorks' "Luck of the Draw" fundraiser Thursday night.

The yearly event has become a mainstay for art collectors new and seasoned. It works a little like this: Based on ticket level purchased, patrons receive a numbered paddle. Number stubs are drawn out of a raffle drum at random — and that's when the rowdy fun begins. Guests have a New York minute to claim one of 250 pieces, each measuring 7 by 9 inches, donated by quite the assemblage of artists of repute, and get out of the way.

Because you know what happens if anyone finds themselves in between an art collector and his or her prize.

Among the visual collage that awash the minimalist walls of DiverseWorks' newish digs in Midtown were pieces by The Art Guys, Gonzo247, Randy Twaddle, Marc Swanson, Nicola Parente, Libbie Masterson and Lucinda Cobley. In the reception gallery, the avant garde presenter's 30th Anniversary Silent Auction enticed big spenders with larger pieces by Franklin Evans, Tony Feher, Liz Magic Laser and Marina Zurkow, a coterie of artists that share history with DiverseWorks.

 Guests have a New York minute to claim one of 250 pieces donated by quite the assemblage of artists of repute and get out of the way.

It wasn't by chance that party chairs Karen and Stephan Farber and Aimee and Daniel Heimbinder sketched a successful evening that saw more than 130 works walk out the door. More art, more guests and lower tariffs offered an equal playing ground for the creative assemblage of 250, which included industry savants Judy Nyquist, CAMH's Bill Arning, The Menil's Toby Kamps, McClain Gallery's Erin Siudzinski, Fresh Arts' Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and Glasstire's Rainey Knudson, who took on the role of the caller alongside executive director Elizabeth Dunbar and a darling 8-year-old.

That would be Joy Parazette, daughter of artists Aaron Parazette and Sharon Engelstein.

Top that with snow cones spiked with Deep Eddy Vodka, which was showing off its new grapefruit infused spirit, varietals from Laetitia Vineyard & Winery and Saint Arnold Brewing Company — thank heavens Barbara McKnight's Catering by Culinaire had a steady flow of shiitake-tofu dumplings, chicken fried steak and sweet potato donuts.

Bidding for art were Victoria and Marshal Lightman, Sheila and Isaac Heimbinder, Marita Fairbanks, Nicole and Joey Romano, Jason Fuller, Kellye Sanford, Justin Segal, Rogelio Rendon, Rachel Cook, Adrienne Johnson Yost, Sixto Wagan, Isabel and Danny David, Emily Todd, Michael Galbreth and Michael Tucker.

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