FARMINGTON — Theater Ensemble Arts, a local thespian group, has been putting on play for 16 years.

And with each production comes the challenge of paying for it.

One of the ways the ensemble covers its expenses — from scripts to actors' insurance and building rental — is its annual silent auction. The auction will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the St. Clair Winery and Bistro, 5150 E. Main St. in Farmington.

Artwork, jewelry, and golf and gift packages will be available to bid on.

Joey Herring, a member of the ensemble group, said community theater is important because it gives local artists a chance to be involved in the community. It's also a way to promote performing arts, she said.

"One of the reasons we're a great society is our art," Herring said.

The ensemble is currently in its 16th season. The final performance of the season will be "God of Carnage," which will be performed in May.

Because the ensemble group is a nonprofit organization, the silent auction is one of the ways the group pays the overhead costs.

Laura Sharp, who works at the box office, has been getting donations for the auction. She said the ensemble provides activities for the public to attend.

"I love seeing movies come to life," Sharp said.

Hannah Grover may be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover.