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Big Thanks!

It all began on a beautiful Wednesday evening when 30 artists loaded their gear into the Summit building to begin the 24-Hour Marathon. With paint brushes and stylists, scissors and wax, metal and fabric, they worked non-stop to create over 100 new works of art. On a stormy Thursday night, hundreds of art lovers braved the wind and rain to join us for a rocking art party and watch as the now exhausted artists made the final expert touches to their work. Then our busy beavers got to work transforming the plastic covered temporary studio space to a polished and twinkling hall ready for our Friday evening guests. Over 140 avid art collectors joined in for the Gala Art Auction and preceded to break just about every record in CoCA's recent history: attendance was up over 40% from 2014, Raise the Paddle generated $18,000 in donations to support CoCA programming, almost twice our goal. Art sales raised over $60,000, 50% of which will go directly to the artists. While the final numbers aren't all in quite yet, we far surpassed our overall goal of $85,000.

Of course, your financial support means the world to this artist-run organization that does so much with so little and will enable us to continue to bring groundbreaking exhibitions to Seattle in addition to supporting our other programs such as CoCA Lab: Artists in Residence, CoCA Archives Project, CoCA Pops, the new CoCA Member Directory and so much more. But it's your love that really means so much--we are utterly humbled, elated and a little bit teary by this outpouring of support from our community. A huge wet kiss and big thanks to each and every one of you: artists, guests, patrons, volunteers and sponsors.

We look forward to seeing you at the next CoCA event!

2015 Auction Photos by Chris Nelson

2015 Calendar of Events

24-Hour Art Marathon 
Starts Wednesday, November 11 at 9pm through Thursday, November 12 at 9pm.  
Come watch anytime. Free!

Art Walk Art Party
Thursday, November 12, 6pm-9pm. Part of Capitol Hill Art Walk.
Get your tintype portrait taken by guest photographer, Daniel Carrillo.
Meet the participating artists, check out the new art created in the previous 23 hours.
Witness the launch of the new CoCA Membership Directory. Enjoy the beats of DJ Eric Krause.
Admission by donation. Beer by Elysian. 

Gala Auction Fundraiser: Tickets Available Now
Friday, November 13, 5:30pm-10:00pm. Tickets $115-$150
Details below.

Auction Tickets SOLD OUT

The Gala Auction. Friday, November 13

5:30              Doors Open
5:30p-7:30    Cocktails, Appetizers, Meet the Artists, Silent Auctions
7:30-10:00    Seated Dinner, Live Auction, Dessert Dash
10:00-11:00  Art Pick-Up, Shake Your Bootie

Shine your shoes and put on your most fabulous party attire because it's time for CoCA's infamous Auction Gala.

Doors open 5:30pm. Check in with our friendly Registration crew, then head to the bar for a signature cocktail, glass of wine or other tasty beverage. Nibble on appetizers, meet the participating artists and enjoy the beats of DJ Jesse Milden while you check out the art in the Live and Silent Art Auction Art galleries.

Around 6:50pm the action will heat up during the not-so-Silent Auctions. Join the countdown 10, 9, 8, 7... and be ready with your pencil in hand to ward off any other bidders for your favorite piece...then 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Winners will get to bask in the glow of taking home new works of art by our wonderful artists.

At 7:30pm, be seated for a delectable three course seated dinner by Wonderlust Catering as the Live Auction kicks into high gear with our entertaining and effervescent auctioneer, Laura Michalek, who will take us all on a thrill ride full of bidding wars and outright hilarity as the art literally flies off the walls. We will also offer some wonderful cultural, culinary, and sensual experience packages (see below)

Special Auction Items Announced: Have too much art for your walls? Check out these great experiences where you can eat, tour or become a part of the art.

50% of all of the art purchases go directly to the participating artists--you'll get to see first hand how important, and gratifying, this event is for them.

Be ready for our famous Dessert Dash: highest bidding table gets first pick. Will yours get the Sinful Chocolate Gateau or the box of Twinkies? Juniper Flowers arrangements will be available as a special take home treat. We'll also call to Raise the Paddle to help raise vital funds for CoCA, which supports our programming and artists. 

At the end of it all, elated, well fed and entertained, with new friends around and fabulous art to take home, we'll kick up the beats and dance you right out of the room and on your way home. 

Participating Artists

We've put together a stellar list of artists for this year's event including: Juli Adams, Kate Alkarni, Curtis Ashby, Flynn Bickley, Larry Calkins, Bo Choi, Chris Crites, Casey Curran, Braden Duncan, David FrancisAnne Marie Grgich, Aramis Hamer, Jazz MomHolly Ballard Martz, Savina Mason, Gabriel Marquez, John Osgood (with Michelle Anderst, Tracy Boyd and Don De LevaKyle Rees, June Sekiguchi, Chris Sheridan. We're also featuring the collaborative team of Zorn Taylor and Dave Kennedy and for the very first time, we have video game designers, Galvanic Games (winning bidders get a character in their image). These artists will paint, cut, design, melt, fabricate, code, photograph, glue, snip, draw, wire, and sew over 100 phenomenal new works of art during the frenetic, controlled chaos that is the CoCA 24-Hour Art Marathon, then it will all be auctioned off during the Auction Gala on November 13.

"This year will mark the 5th consecutive year that I've participated in the CoCA 24-Hour Marathon. I am very honored to be invited back, especially with the amazing group of artists that CoCA has hand picked this year! Over the past few years, CoCA has really championed my art and encouraged me to push myself and my creative ideas. With the help of CoCA and the 24 Hour Marathon, I've been able to get my artwork the exposure it needs, network with other amazing artists, and connect with wonderful art enthusiasts and collectors." artist CASH

"CoCA has been around forever and is an important institution that provides Art and Culture and Community. I am so happy to be invited back to participate again: I get to do my favorite thing which is...Stay up all night and work and hang out with artists." artist Anne Marie Grgich

Auction Ticket Information

Open Seating: $125 ($115 Member price).
Reserved Seating: $150 ($140 Member price).

CoCA Members: email info@cocaseattle.org to get your super secret discount code before you go to purchase tickets.
Auction Tickets SOLD OUT

All events take place at

The Summit Building on Capitol Hill
420 East Pike Street (at Summit Street)
Seattle, WA 98122


Want to get involved? Our planning committee has already started to meet; we'd love to have you join us. Or check out other ways to volunteer: Please click here to read about our available opportunities.

Event Sponsors

Big thanks to our Premiere Sponsor Elysian Brewing ElyHopsLogo.jpg

Our other generous sponsors include: Columbia WineryJuniper Flowers, McMenamins/Six Arms PubRock's Studio, Stoic Studios, TMonroe Design, Zeek's Pizza.

Artists & Craftsman, Blick Art MaterialsBrimmer & Heeltap, Caffe LadroDragon's Head Cider, Gallery FramesGlazer's Camera, Home Depot, Merrill CorporationPCC Natural Market, Percy's & CoPoppy RestaurantSeattle Distilling, Sparkle Donkey, Stoneway Hardware

Sweet treats for the Auction Dessert Dash from: Cakes of Paradise, Cupcake Royale, Eighteen Sixty-One, El Diablo/Cloud City, Essential Baking Company, Grateful Bread Baking Co, Hello Robin Cookies, Irwin's, Le Fournil French Bakery, Macrina Bakery and Morfey's Cake Shoppe. Thank you for supporting CoCA!

CoCA is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture. 
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Auction Tickets SOLD OUT

We Want to Promote You

Artists, do you run a business that you want to promote? Businesses, are you looking for a way to give back to your artistic and cultural community? We are looking for donations of goods and services and have lots to offer you in exchange. At this wildly popular and memorable event we raise funds that enable us to serve our artists and community through art exhibitions, portfolio reviews, special events, internships, residencies and so much more.

We are seeking donations of a variety of items, from cakes and crew meals to tape and tarps. One lucky Patron Level sponsor will be featured on the highly coveted, inside cover page of our 2015 Auction catalog and will be gifted an entire table at the auction to attend as our special guests. For sponsors at every level, we'll sing your praises, promote the heck out of your business to thousands of our dedicated fans, including logo placement on the big screen at the event, a link on our website, inclusion in our newsletter, social media, and beyond. Of course, cash is king and we'll gratefully accept financial donations of any amount.

Download our Sponsorship Packet to see how you can get involved and what we offer in exchange for your generous philanthropic efforts. Join the fabulous and growing cohort of 2015 sponsors. Thank you for considering CoCA!


2014 Auction by Miguel Edwards Photography

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