The Cooper Center for Creative Arts is hosting the first Premiere Art Sale and Auction on Thursday, August 30th, allowing the artists their first opportunity to sell their art as a meaningful source of income.

Creative Arts Coordinator Cheyenne Christian says the auction is not just a big step for Ark as an organization, but also a wonderful opportunity for the students, who are non-typical artists. According to Christian, the majority of the proceeds will go directly to the artist with a percentage going to the Cooper Center Endowment to ensure quality art instruction and opportunities for future students.

Bidding on silent auction items will begin at 7 p.m. with a live auction starting at 8 p.m. at the Cooper Center. Visual Arts Coordinator Debbie Gardner says they worked with local gallery owners and artists to establish the opening bids for each piece of art. A total of 21 artists will have art for sale, with over 40 pieces of artwork for sale including some stunning photography of the Laramie area.

J Shogren will provide entertainment and there will be a cash bar as well as hors d'oeuvres for patrons to enjoy throughout the evening. The Cooper Center is located at 1174 N. 4th Street in Laramie. The mission of the J. Darryl and Terry I. Cooper Center for Creative Arts at Ark Regional Services is to provide people with intellectual disabilities artistic experiences and opportunities for creative expression so that they may appreciate, explore, and develop skills in the arts.