For more than a quarter century, Behringer-Crawford Museum has hosted one of the region's top art events, spotlighting local artists, raising funds for its youth education programs and giving art lovers the chance to buy one-of-a-kind original works. The 27th annual fresh ART auction and party will take place in the museum's amphitheater at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, with a live auction of "fresh" art created by dozens of artists working that weekend in Devou Park. There also will be a silent ART auction featuring previously created paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. John Lomax, morning news anchor for Local 12, will serve as emcee for the event, which also will include a cocktail reception, auction preview, music by the Cliff Daly Band and dinner by McHale's Events and Catering. A highlight of the live auction, which will be conducted by H. David Wallace, will be this year's "Art from the Heart" by the late artist Wolfgang Ritschel, a mixed media created in 2003 titled "Out West." Tickets to fresh ART are $80. To reserve or for more information, call 859-491-4003 or email info@bcmuseum. The silent ART auction will open at the museum with an artists' reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, August 31. Also on display will be artwork by local high school students in the first annual Connie O'Donnell Student ART Invitational. The silent ART auction and student exhibit will continue through the fresh ART event on September 14. Admission to the silent ART reception is free. A portion of the sale price of each auctioned piece will go to the artist; the balance will be donated to the museum, benefiting area children through BCM's educational programs. Submitted artworks will be judged by a panel of experts, with $1000 in cash prizes awarded to the first, second and third-place entries by the William & Patricia Applegate Fund.