Affordable Art Affair promises bargains

Lindsay Rollins —

Volunteers are working around the clock to have everything ready for a local art auction coming in a few days. Overwhelmed by gifts of art from readers of The Bulletin and parishioners of St. James Cathedral, they are now planning a gala Affordable Art Affair to raise money to bring two refugee families to Canada. “The response to our call for art was amazing,” says Marion Dorash of the volunteer committee.
“Once people heard it was to rescue refugee families from the war zone they just gave us some wonderful art pieces.” Donations include rare tapestries as well as abstract and more traditional art, with Maurice Snelgrove and a number of other Ontario artists donating recent works. In addition, abstracts by Ray Mead of Painters Eleven fame will be auctioned, and John A. Libby of Libby Fine Arts is auctioning signed prints and original work from the Group of Seven.

“We asked John to be our auctioneer for the live auction,” says Ms. Dorash. “He agreed to help us sort through all the works for evaluation as well, and that’s been huge. So we’ll have silent auctions of many oils and water colours, and fixed prices for every pocketbook. Some of the good smaller works will be perfect for condo walls. And framed posters should appeal to students.”

The Affordable Art Affair is planned for Saturday Oct. 22, from 5 to 9 pm, in the St. James Cathedral Centre on Church Street, behind the Cathedral. Admission is $10 (students $5) and includes a (donated) wine and cheese party and mystery art-giveaway. For more information see www.stjamescathedral@on.ca.

The St. James Cathedral Centre is having a party Volunteers are working around the clock to have everything ready for a local art auction coming in a few days. Overwhelmed by gifts of art from readers of The Bulletin and parishioners of St. James Cathedral, they are now planning a gala Affordable Art Affair to raise money to bring two refugee families to Canada. “The response to our call for art was amazing,” says Marion Dorash of the volunteer committee. “Once people heard it was to rescue refugee families from the war zone they just gave us some wonderful art pieces.” Donations include rare tapestries as well as abstract and more traditional art, with Maurice Snelgrove and a number of other Ontario artists donating recent works. In addition, abstracts by Ray Mead of Painters Eleven fame will be auctioned, and John A. Libby of Libby Fine Arts is auctioning signed prints and original work from the Group of Seven.

“We asked John to be our auctioneer for the live auction,” says Ms Dorash. “He agreed to help us sort through all the works for evaluation as well, and that’s been huge. So we’ll have silent auctions of many oils and water colours, and fixed prices for every pocketbook. Some of the good smaller works will be perfect for condo walls. And framed posters should appeal to students.”

Donations include rare tapestries as well as abstract and more traditional art, with Maurice Snelgrove and a number of other Ontario artists donating recent works. In addition, abstracts by Ray Mead of Painters Eleven fame will be auctioned, and John A. Libby of Libby Fine Arts is auctioning signed prints and original work from the Group of Seven. “We asked John to be our auctioneer for the live auction,” says Ms Dorash. “He agreed to help us sort through all the works for evaluation as well, and that’s been huge. So we’ll have silent auctions of many oils and water colours; and fixed prices for every pocketbook. Some of the good smaller works will be perfect for condo walls. And framed posters should appeal to students.”

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