June 17, 2010

Benefit art auctions can be a fun way to spend an evening.  The better ones give free tickets to the artists who donate.  So if you decide that you won’t get your feelings hurt if your piece sells for about half what you would price it at, then go ahead and go.  View the art and enjoy delicious free food and drink while mingling with other artists and buyers of art.

Last week middle daughter and I attended the Cork and Canvas auction, which was a benefit for the Good Samaritan Project, an AIDS service organization in Kansas City, MO.  These people know how to throw a good party.  The setting was the third floor of the Boulevard Brewing Company, which provided plenty of space to display the art and goodie baskets and also a terrace with a spectacular view of the Kansas City skyline as the lights came on at night.  People were friendly and the food was great.  This was the first time we had attended this event, so we wondered what to wear, our little black dresses or something a bit more casual?  We went with what I would call dressy casual, but several drag queens went all out when it came to glamour.

My painting, “Pony Creek,” sold for only about half what I would have priced it at, but I figure the money went to a good cause and far exceeded the cost of the materials.

I liked that the jewelry, prints, photos and paintings were all in the silent auction, instead of categorizing some of the art as higher quality by putting it in the live auction.  This also means the live auction doesn’t go on and on.  Only 14 high dollar items, such as get aways in exotic places or what was called collector wine were in the live auction.

At my easel: Looking ahead to the Topeka Art Guild schedule, I notice the next show is called “Wild Kingdom.”  So I’ve started a new painting from a photo I took in Glacier National Park several years ago.  In it are several elk on the terrace of a hotel gazing at the lake and mountains.  I’ll call it “Sightseers.”

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