The Art From Scrap charity event “A One Night Stand” blew all of my expectations! It was packed with art enthusiasts eager to pluck off the walls of the Brooks Art Institute gallery an original piece of art by one of over 200 talented artists for only $200. These nine inch square works of art were donated by artists to benefit the nonprofit’s continued effort to educate children in art and environmental conservation and provide recycled art and craft supplies. The line for admittance was out the door and down the block because the place was so crowded, it had to be managed for fire safety! The way it was conducted, it was a mystery whether you would get a painting by a well known artist such as Yoko Ono or John Nava or a lesser known artist, as all the artwork was presented without the artists’ name or signature. The names will supposedly be revealed at a later date on an online catalog on the Art From Scrap event website. With Heather Mattoon, the lovely model for my piece on the top row. Her piece sold so immediately that I didn’t get a chance to see it after waiting in line for admittance. UPDATE: Unfortunately, someone took the tag to the painting I submitted early in the evening, but strangely didn’t follow through with purchasing it. Because of this, it was marked as sold for the entire evening and was unavailable to other interested buyers. Although this was disappointing, the painting can be viewed and purchased at another charity art auction this November: Vino de Sueños, (Wine of Dreams), a charity art and wine auction from the nonprofit People Helping People that benefits local agricultural and vineyard workers in the Santa Ynez Valley. It will be available for purchase at the auction, and will be on the label a local vintage of wine produced especially for the event.