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A cowboy hat signed by Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will be on offer in the silent auction. (Courtesy Photo)

Aside from the always-alluring opportunity for a first glimpse of the shows on tap for the new season at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, this year’s Sneak Peek will have an added attraction – a silent auction.

The star item will be a cowboy hat belonging to Kix Brooks of popular country-music duo Brooks and Dunn, worn by Brooks on the Farewell Tour and signed by both him and Ronnie Dunn.

The item, donated by George Holmes, comes with a letter of authenticity.

Other items in the auction will include photos signed by Clint Black, Collin Raye and John Anderson. The Artesia Arts Council staff has also collected signatures and CDs from recent artists who’ve performed at the venue, such as the Flying J Wranglers, Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, and more. Show tickets for the upcoming year will also be on auction, and one lucky winner will receive a free Golden Ticket, a $450 value.

Local businesses sponsoring the various items include Z-Bar-X 2 Sisters Gallery, Kouros & Kore, Simply Bello, A Cowgirl’s Closet, Bennie’s Western Wear, Air Play, the Roswell Fine Arts League, Artesia Lanes, Cottonwood Wine and Brewing, Martha’s Fabric Shop and Boutique, and the Artesia Arts Council.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the OPAC with light refreshments and entertainment in the lobby, then moves into the theatre for live looks at the Sixth Annual Rising Stars Summer Musical – “The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever” – and the Artesia Community Theatre’s upcoming production, “First Baptist of Ivy Gap.”

“Several of our teachers, such as Jon Smith with the Intentional Living Class, Donna Addkison, yoga instructor, Kelly Speckhart, Canvas and…, and Kathie Butts, our children’s fine art instructor, will be here, as well,” said Laurie Schotz, AAC executive director. “Mike Lanfor with Air Play has a new video of Artesia to share as the evening rolls on, and Max, our head technician, will dazzle you with his other talent – guitar.”

The rest of the OPAC staff – including Schotz, education director Lauren Austin, membership director Jenna Secrist, and administrative assistants Mel and Gabby – will also be on hand.
Afterward, attendees may purchase tickets for the upcoming season, become sponsors or members, and see who wins the silent auction pieces.

For more information on the Sneek Peak, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

“Get ready for a fun-filled evening of food and entertainment,” said Schotz.