Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The exhibit ended with a catered dinner at Lake Receptions, in Mount Dora. David Glynn of Turkey Creek Auctions conducted the sale Friday night at the Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala and Art Auction. The event was well attended with all enjoying an evening of fine dining .
This group of artists was hand picked for their high level of expertise with reserve prices reflecting their standing as top professionals in the art world. The artist received 80% of the sale and 20% went to the Institute, a non-profit organization.
Alas, as so often happens with fund raising auctions of art there were few sales. People must have a vested interest in the artist, the specific painting, and/or a major interest in the "cause" the event is raising funds for in order to justify spending a large sum of money. Yes, they get a tax deduction, but that is not always the big incentive to buy art at one of these auctions.
The Lake Eustis Institute staff did a fine job of promoting and advertising this event. Each phase of the project was executed splendidly. So, what happened? The old saying is true "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink". Having said that, if the horse has reasoning power you can explain to him how drinking will benefit him, giving him necessary information so he can make a wise choice.
That is the one consistent error I see with fund raising art auctions -- the lack of educating bidders on:
1. The value of collecting original art
2. The professional background of the individual artists;
Important collections that own that artists work
High end galleries that handle that artists work
Major shows the artist has been juried into and/or invited to exhibit in
3. Detailed information about the painting being auctioned;
When, where and why it was painted
What it means to the artist
The more information a person has the greater chance there will be a sale. Otherwise, it is like buying the Mystery Prize at a carnival---there are things in the brown paper bag but I don't know what is inside, if I will like it or if it is worth the amount of money I am paying for it?
If promoters of art auction fund raisers would put as much time and money into educating bidders about their cause (what the money will be spent on and why they should give support), the artists, and the art itself as they do on advertising and selling tickets to the event I am confident these auctions could be very successful.
Again, the staff at the Lake Eustis Institute did an outstanding job on this first event. All participants, both artists and those who attended, had a great time. I am sure the next fund raiser will be even better and more profitable.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I will be exhibiting my collection of new oil paintings, including the large 30"x40" painting posted here recently. This will also be an art festival debut for the smaller, canvas wrapped paintings I have been experimenting with.
Go to the show web site for more information: www.mountdoracenterforthearts.org
Treat yourself to a fun weekend! Stop by my booth (I would give you the number but it isn't assigned until the day of the show), I would enjoy meeting you.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
She is a wonderful equine artist and very knowledgeable about the industry. I recommend you check out her web site and blog. You will be delighted with oil paintings.
It thought this was pretty cool. Thanks, Sharon Crute (fabulous equine artist), for finding this.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Just a few more bugs I have to learn about and work out. Thanks for bearing with me.
St. Lucie River 6"x12"
The St. Lucie River meanders through St. Lucie County on Florida's east coast. I spent many hours on the river during the 18 years I lived in Ft. Pierce. The best time of day was late afternoon/early evening when the sun was low in the sky. Egrets and Herons fly in to roost in the trees as the soft, fading light cast a warm pink and then golden wash over everything.
I have been commissioned to creat another painting of the St. Lucie River. As the painting progresses I decided to photograph it and post it here so you can see how it developes.
When I feel my values are correct I begin building the color. I can alter minor things at this point, but the composition is pretty well set.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I hope to add some links to other artists I highly respect, so you can go to their web sites. When I get word of sales to purchase art supplies and frames I will include that info. It is always nice to save a little money now and then.
As I am building this blog and adding to it please send me a comment about what you would be interested in hearing about.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Most of the artists attended, which was a bonus for me. Susan Dauphinee and I have been friends for quite a while but I had not met the others in person, just admired their work:
Neil Adamson, John Costin, Susan Dauphinee, Doug Hays, Keith Martin Johns, Diane Pierce.
Jim Fitch was not able to attend, which was disappointing for everyone, he is such a wealth of information. We were pleased that he did send a written form of his presentation for all to read and talk about that evening. Which made for lively conversation and in-put from the collectors present as well as each of the artists.
There is much more I can add but do not have the time right now. My husband, Harry, and I are off the the Florida basketball game! We are avid fans.