Sunday, July 16, 2000

Pig Gig fans can bid on little replicas

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        “When you start doing pigs, it's hard to stop,” says Cookie Thier, creator of the five May Festival pigs for the Big Pig Gig. “The fiberglass gets in your blood.”

        Ms. Their never planned to do a pig, but “I got drafted when another artist bailed out. Somebody suggested me and I said I would do it. I had to get five pigs done in four weeks.”

        Now Ms. Thier is doing more pigs, little ones this time. “I'm painting pigs for the Little Pig Gig,” she said.

        Little pigs, table-top size, are being sold by ArtWorks so sponsors of Big Pigs can have their artists create replica pigs to keep after their Big Pig is sold at auction. Artists who thought they had done their pig duty are being called back to create the replicas.

        The auction, the final event of the Big Pig Gig, will be Nov. 13 at Music Hall. An online auction will be held on the Internet at the same time. Sponsors have the option of keeping their pigs or having them auctioned. Money raised will benefit ArtWorks and other local charities.

        “Carol Burnett wants to bid on a pig,” ArtWorks director Tamara Harkavy says. “We're getting calls about the auction from all over the country and all over the world.”

        Little pigs also are being created by the young apprentices who are participating in ArtWorks' summer arts employment project. Their pigs will be sold during a silent auction, 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 1 at the ArtWorks site in Eden Park. Celebrity autographed little pigs will also be auctioned. Tickets are $15; $10 for families of apprentices.

        Cincinnati Art Museum will host a preview party for the Little Pig Gig auction 5:30-8 p.m. July 27 at the Big Little Pig Swig. Nicholson's Pub is sponsoring the Swig, which will feature tastings of brandy, wine and ales and music by the Celtic group Silver Arm. Tickets are $25.

        To buy a little pig, or to buy tickets to the Big Little Pig Swig and the Little Pig auction, phone ArtWorks at 333-0388.

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