Popular artEAST auction returns bigger than ever

April 16, 2013

By Staff

The seventh annual 150 Feet of Art Auction fundraiser is April 19-27. The annual fundraiser is a public auction of juried works from artEAST members and supportive friends.

“Patrons and artists come together for this event, knowing that art has the power to transform individuals and communities,” a press release from the artEAST states. “We firmly believe that optimism, opportunity and relationships abound where the arts are celebrated.”

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Photos contributed/Illustration by David Hayes
Original pieces of art featured in artEAST’s 150 Feet of Art Auction include (from left) Janis Smith’s ‘I’m Watching You!,’ an untitled piece by Maureen Mitchell and Beth Anderson’s ‘River’s Edge.’

Artworks are donated by art center members and special guests to support artEAST classes and exhibitions. Public bidding and purchases help raise operating funds for the center. ArtEAST operates with volunteers but also depends on community support to provide arts experiences, workshops, exhibitions and public events.

Lead juror Seattle artist Stephanie Hargrave reviewed work for exceptional quality, according to the release. Hargrave has been trained in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and metal.

“However, the one medium that affords all the other materials to overlap and inform one another has become her passion: encaustics,” the release states. “Stephanie is an instructor at artEAST Art Center and Pratt Fine Arts Center, and holds workshops in her Georgetown studio. She is represented by the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, the Circa Gallery in Minneapolis and at Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta.

The 150 Feet of Art goes on display at artEAST and opens to the public at a free preview reception April 19. Silent bidding starts that evening. Bidders will be identified by a registered number to compete for favorite pieces through the April 27 auction party. Bids can be placed in person at artEAST or by phone at 392-3191. Buy It Now pricing lets bidders purchase pieces outright. See available works on the artEAST website, www.arteast.org.

In addition, the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award for their favorite piece April 19-26. The artist of that winning work will be recognized, along with a Jurors’ Choice recipient, at the final auction event.

An auction party is April 27. Tickets are $20, while limited supplies last. Catered appetizers and beverages will accompany entertainment and a final round of bidding.

The highlight of the April 27 auction is the raffle of the Mystery Box, which is on display at the art center and has an estimated value of $3,000. Artists have contributed secret items held inside. Raffle tickets are available at $20 each through the evening of the April 27 auction. Raffle ticket buyers don’t have to be present to win.

 

If you go

150 Feet of Art Auction

Preview reception

  • 6-8 p.m. April 19
  • Free

Auction party

  • 6-8:30 p.m. April 27
  • Tickets are $20.
  •  Both events are at the artEAST gallery, 95 Front St. N., Issaquah.
  • Bid or get tickets at www.arteast.org.
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