A Different Way to Donate

May 11, 2011

The Topeka Art Guild recently passed on information about two charities seeking donated paintings for their auctions.  The guidelines for both are more artist friendly than is usually the case with such events.  Considering my age and state of decrepitness, I plan to donate to Art for Arthritis, a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation.

In contrast to the usual auction format of selling the piece for whatever the auctioneer can get with nothing going to the artist, this auction is organized a bit differently.  Artists will assign a reasonable value and minimum bid for each donated painting.    The artist will then be paid 50% of the total amount raised in the sale if the painting is sold.  If the painting does not sell for the minimum bid, the painting will be returned to the artist.

This is a good idea because there are costs to the artist to produce the painting, both materials and especially the frame.  Also, I think too many who attend these auctions are simply looking to buy art they like at as cheap a price as possible.  Hopefully, with this format both the Arthritis Foundation and the artists will benefit.

The Art for Arthritis auction will be held August 11, 2011 at the Lazy Toad’s Sports Bar and Restaurant in Topeka.  The evening will feature a cocktail party with beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, a short program and the art auction.

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