Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Springs Mystery Art Sale

I stopped into the Springs Mystery Art Sale on its last day.  I'm so glad that I did. What a fun and intriguing event! The sale was held to benefit the arts programs at the Springs Union Free School District . Over 1000 student and artist works were displayed and offered anonymously for sale for a mere $20. Yes, over 1000 works of art. 
A number of well known local artists participated in the sale. Chuck Close, Ross Bleckner, Janet Jennings, April Gornik and Eric Fischl to name just a few. The pre-sale buzz inspired a long line on the show's first day. Art collectors were excited by the prospect of getting a bargain, student artists were excited to have their work be viewed and collected. All in support of art education. Very cool.
opening day photo from here
The 5" x 7" pieces were displayed on boards throughout the gallery. 
So many paintings to view!
#12 one of my mystery purchases
by Vasquez Patino Esteban, grade 5
There were also a few paintings offered for silent auction.
Silent Auction watercolor by Ursula Thomas
The big reveal of who created each piece was unveiled at the closing party on Saturday night. I hope that they do this again!
Springs Mystery Art Sale on Facebook here

In the press:

The Rules of the Sale:
  • All artworks are sold for $20 each
  • Cash Only
  • Up to 5 red dots may be purchase at a time. After you have selected 5 works to purchase you may join the line to purchase more dots.
  • Red dots must be given to a staff member to mark the artwork as sold.
  • Please make a note of the artwork you purchased for your records.
  • Based on the size of the crowd viewing time in the gallery may be limited.
  • Purchased artwork must be picked up from Ashawagh Hall between 10 am - 3 pm on 4/27.
The List of artists (from here)

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