ArtEAST assembles 150 Feet of Art for auction

April 24, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

Among the 12-by-12 originals in artEAST’s 150 Feet of Art are Mary Masterson’s the watercolor ‘The Bird of Paradise,’ by Katalin Fazekas. Contributed

Issaquah’s nonprofit art gallery, artEAST, presents its sixth annual 150 Feet of Art Auction and Fundraiser, launching April 27 and culminating May 12.

As in the past, artEAST literally has 150 feet of art for sale starting April 27, said Karen Abel, artEAST executive director. The kick-off event is free and open to the public.

The gallery has put together 150 12-by-12 artworks, none costing more than $350, even if actually valued at more than that amount.

“There are some great bargains to be had,” Susan Walker, event chairwoman, said.

But there is one big difference between this show and previous auctions. For the first time, the show has a lead juror in Seattle artist Stephanie Hargrave.

Hargrave — who is trained in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and other media — is an instructor at artEAST and the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. She holds regular workshops in her West Seattle studio, and has her work showing in the Patricia Rovzar Gallery and the SAM Gallery in Seattle, the Circa Gallery in Minneapolis and at Anne Irwin Art in Atlanta.

“The quality of the art is better than in years past,” Walker said regarding the 150 Feet show.

The 150 Feet of art goes on display to the public at the art center reception April 27. Silent bidding starts that evening. Bidders will be identified by a registered number to compete for favorite pieces. Bids can be placed in person at artEAST.

If you go

150 Feet of Art

  • artEAST Art Center
  • 95 Front St. N.
  • Opening reception, from 6-9 p.m., April 27
  • Free and open to the public
  • Closing reception, from 6-9 p.m., May 12
  • Tickets are $15 each.
  • Purchase tickets or learn more at www.arteast.org or call 392-3191.

A “Buy It Now” option allows you to instantly purchase the item of your choice, but it will be left on display for the remainder of the show. Available works also will be on display on the artEAST website, www.arteast.org.

Over the course of the show, the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award for their favorite piece from the show opening through May 11. The winning artist will be recognized, along with a Jurors’ Choice recipient, at the final auction event.

That final auction is a ticketed event May 12, again at artEAST. Though the bidding is silent, Walker said at least one auctioneer would be roaming the crowd adding to the atmosphere. Music also is planned.

Besides a lead juror, there is one more whimsical addition to the 150 Feet of Art show. In what Walker called a mystery box are several pieces of donated art. The estimated value was given as $4,000. According to a press release, 11 artists have contributed to the contents of the colorful mystery box.

The online Mystery Box Book gives you a glimpse of the talents who contributed and some idea of what is inside. View it at www.blurb.com/books/3077488. Raffle tickets for the mystery box are available at $20 each. Tickets can be purchased at artEAST and on its website at www.arteast.org. The drawing will happen at the culminating event May 12. The winner does not need to be present.

The coming show is what Walker called sort of an “everyman’s” show, with the prices deliberately capped. A total of 27 committees helped put the event together.

The 150 Feet of Art show is one of two main fundraisers for the nonprofit artEAST. The fundraising goal is $30,000, double last year’s goal of $15,000.

“We set ourselves a pretty big standard,” Walker said.

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