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The Meridian Gallery will celebrate spring with Greenup Time (the name of a Kurt Weill song performed by Lotte Lenya), a silent auction starting with an opening party at 6 pm on Thursday, March 20, to raise needed funds for the longtime San Francisco spot for artists. The exhibition and bidding will go all week, ending with a closing party on Thursday, March 27 at 6 pm.

More than 50 artists and friends of the Meridian have donated works to support the gallery. They include well-known artists such as William T. Wiley, Matt Gonzalez and Enrique Celaya.

But that’s not all, says Meridian’s Nicole Lugtu.

“A lot of former interns donated work as well,” she said. “We have a nice mix of the well-known and the Meridian family. Everybody has come together for this urgent fundraiser.”

Meridian, a nonprofit, offers something special, such as its paid internship program, Lugtu says, and it’s important to keep it in San Francisco.

“Meridian is so grounded in the San Francisco arts community,” she said. “What makes the gallery different is our youth program to get kids into the arts, and we show new and exciting artists. In the current climate with galleries closing down it’s important to preserve arts organizations in the city.”

Both the opening and closing parties are free, and people are asked to RSVP for the event on the 27th. To register to bid on the 27th, there’s a $25 dollar fee that includes a membership to the Meridian, a free drink ticket for the night, and if you win the piece you bid on, the money goes to the cost of the bid. Not too shabby.

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