The 2020 Art Launch Gala will now be held on Saturday, October 24th as a VIRTUAL event!

While we can't convene in person, nothing can stop us from celebrating and showcasing the immense talent of the 2020 Escapist Artists. Now more than ever, artists need the benefit of seasoned entrepreneurial coaching in order to thrive in an uncertain economy and new safety parameters in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic. Once you register on GiveSmart, you will begin receiving updates via e-mail and text message about auction items and the virtual program. We will e-mail and text you the direct link to join the virtual event via Facebook Live (no Facebook account required) on the day of the event.


Bidding will go LIVE on Monday, October 19th and will close on Saturday, October 24th at 9:00 pm CST.


How does the silent auction work?

We will be using mobile bidding the night of the virtual event for our auction. You will be able to use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to keep up with the status of your bids and continue bidding until the auction closes. You can be the winning bidder wherever you are in the United States!

How do I participate in the online bidding auction?
Get started online through this auction page. Just hit the 'Register Now' button towards the top of this page and enter your name, phone number, e-mail. Credit Card information is required to bid.

How do I start and continue my bidding?
Browse the Silent Auction and start bidding on your favorite items! Place your bid on selected items, set a maximum bid if desired, and GiveSmart will continue to keep you in the running until you reach your maximum bid.

How can I keep active and know if I am outbid or have won an item?
You will be notified via text if you have been outbid. Keep an eye on your favorite items! If you are NOT receiving the text messages make sure you have the correct mobile number under your profile. The texts will continue to notify you when you have been out bid or reached your maximum bid. When the silent auction closes, you will also receive a text message if you won any items.

How will I collect my winnings?
Auction winners are required to make payment the night of the event. Please note that you will have the choice to either pay credit card fees yourself or allocate them to Art Launch. All auction items are currently being stored at the John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio and must be picked up no later than Friday, November 13th at 5:00 p.m. CST. The gallery is open by appointment only. To set your pick-up time, simply e-mail Ryan at (preferred) or call/text 281-224-0968.


For artwork that must be shipped, Art Launch will ship the artwork to the winner no later than 3 weeks after the winner pays for the item(s) and its required supplemental shipping cost. At the time of shipment, Art Launch will provide the winner with tracking information.


The John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio is located at 1218 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77008.


If items are not picked up by Friday, November 13th at 5:00 pm CST they will be forfeited to the artist, the related winning payment(s) will be considered a pure donation to Art Launch and no refunds will be issued.