From jewelry pieces by Andrea Wilson, Donetta Guerra and Susan Ramsey to Gail Edmundson’s pottery and up-cycled gifts donated for silent auction, the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council’s first art auction had something for everyone.
More than 50 people converged on the Star Theater last Friday to participate in what the council hopes will be an annual event.
The History Channel’s “Real Deal” auctioneer, Jason McCoon, auctioned off more than 100 pieces of artwork.
There were matching handmade fused art glass bowls, metal craft wall art pieces and a glass top table with a BMW crankshaft for the base by Michael McCallum. The styles of hanging art included impressionistic, surrealistic, still life drawings and landscapes of local landmarks such as Fuquay Springs, Lake Wheeler, Johnson Park and Hanging Rock. The paintings were produced in acrylics, pen and ink, oils, pencil and even by photograph.
Artists contributing to these included Shirley Hunsberger, Terri Dickson, Dina Jacobs, John Klingler, Andrea Wilson and many more. Pieces sold for anywhere from $10 to $150 and, in some cases, the bidding was quite avid between those competing for the same pieces.
The high-energy event was fueled as Wilson’s oil painting of a girl picking strawberries and several of Hunsberger’s pieces brought in high bids.
“I really appreciated the opportunity to have my work on display,” one artist said.
The love of art overflowed from the auction area. Dina Jacobs held an art class in a large corner room of Stars Theater during the event. Nearly 11 students had the opportunity to create masterpieces of their own.
The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council expressed gratitude to Cindy Verian and Wendy Welker of Star Theater for volunteering their facility and staff for the event.
Terri Dickson, though she has never produced an auction before, used ideas gleaned from the many auctions she has attended to produce the event with help from Dave Morris, Deninse Burnette and those that donated their works to the auction.
Each artist donated, knowing that the proceeds from the first piece auctioned would go to the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council, and then half of the minimum bid required would go to the artist on the other pieces consigned.
The event is part of the means to fulfill the Fuquay-Varina Arts Council’s mission to inspire and enhance citizens’ lives by developing appreciation of the arts, supporting local artists and fostering creativity in the community.