A silent auction will be open for public bidding over two weeks, starting on Sept. 1, with all of the donated works on display at the Upstairs. On Thursday, Sept. 6, the gallery will host a "Bids and Bellinis" reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., to offer the public a chance to socialize, place bids, sip Bellinis (champagne and peach cocktails), and nibble on light snacks.

The fundraiser will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a live auction beginning at 7 p.m., but guests are invited to look the art over with wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres starting at 5 p.m.

The Upstairs is also holding a series of "Collectors Tours" during the same two week period. Visitors will have the chance to view the personal collections of three friends of the Upstairs (a different home each night) over hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, followed by a stop at the gallery for coffee, dessert and a chance to bid on pieces in the silent auction. For details, or to purchase tickets for the tours, please stop by the gallery, call 859-2828, or send an email to [email protected] Thank you!