Art sale on tap at 11th Street bar
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Jan 17, 2014 | 1910 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kady Munroe, a bartender at Ralph’s Club, has always liked a painting that hangs in the bar showing the front of the 11th Street building with its glowing neon sign, painted by her friend Emily Kontelis.

When Kontelis started studying at the private Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Munroe thought about buying or auctioning the painting to help her pay for tuition. Instead, she developed a better idea to help Kontelis and other local artists — hosting a music, arts and crafts sale starting at noon at the bar, 444 E. 11th St., on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Munroe said artists will have a have a chance to display and sell their work on tables both inside and outside the bar.

“I want to give people an opportunity for their art,” Munroe said.

Everything from used records to homemade jewelry, comic books and paintings on canvas will be offered for sale.

Munroe acknowledged that a bar having an art sale is unique but said she has always tried to host different activities at Ralph’s Club.

“People wouldn’t expect us to do it. Just going to try and see what happens,” she said. “I’ve been throwing different events — I’m trying to do something to catch on.”

Because it is at the bar, the event is open only to adults age 21 and older.

Munroe said some of the featured artists will take orders for custom artwork, including someone who creates dog portraits.

Car enthusiasts are also encouraged to stop by at a car meet-and-greet.

“Come bring your car and hang out,” Munroe said. “Any car, any year can come by.”

Parking space is limited, and Munroe suggested contacting her to make sure of a parking spot.

She is planning for almost a dozen people to display their wares and said artists and crafters can still sign up.

To arrange for a table at the sale or reserve a parking spot, contact Munroe via the Ralph’s Club Facebook page, facebook.com/444ralphsclub.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

 
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