Friday, October 05, 2007

Repeat Performance

Time - barely - for a shameless plug: Both Lauren and I have pieces in "Repeat Performance," an auction/fundraiser for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic that's being held on Saturday by the Pikes Peak Music Volunteers.

Lauren's piece is Sky Fiddle, a violin that's been painted with a deep blue night sky scene; mine is Stradivarius Toothpick, a priceless violin that's been whittled down until only a single sliver remains. (Yes, it's a joke.) Of course, there are 40 or so other artists who've contributed work, including Steve Morath, who accomplished miracles with an old guitar.

The auction is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Smokebrush, 218 W. Colorado Ave. (Underneath the Colorado Avenue bridge.) Tickets are $30, which includes a glass of wine. Come and spend money; more information here.

6 Comments:

Blogger ¬©Hotbutton Press said...

Would have donated something and attended with a bit more notice. Hard to know what's going on in COS when one doesn't live there, even reading the online newspapers.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Mark Arnest said...

A generous thought, but the problem on Saturday night wasn't the quantity of good art - it was insufficient wealthy buyers.

To me, the event seemed to be, if not exactly a fiasco, at least fiasco-like. The atmosphere at the Smokebrush was convivial and the company was great - but the bids just weren't there. Morath's beautiful "Kachina Gal" sold for a fraction of what it deserved, and the same was true for many other works. Lauren and I are now owners of a lovely David Caricato paintbrush-with-hummingbird, which we bid on not because we loved it more than other Caricato pieces, but because we were embarrassed that such a beautiful object was sitting there with no bidders.

Perhaps the auction can be tweaked to be more successful next year. Sarah Milteer told me that the Denver Art Museum had a similar event at which they served, instead of wine, margaritas - a far more efficacious wallet-loosener.

"Stradivarius Toothpick" did quite well. The low minimum bid - $1.87 - probably helped set off a minor bidding war.

10:36 AM  
Blogger atomicelroy said...

WHAT NO ART BUYERS IN THE 719... surely you jest!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Brandi Perry said...

It seems there were a lot of events on the 5th and 6th. The Artists Lair had it's opening nights of "African Soul." There was a decent turnout, more were definitely expected and also the same lack of buyers. African Soul will be running through the end of the month. Interested parties can visit the gallery M-F 12-5 or other times by appointment. www.artistlair.net for the address and other information.

I was really surprised at the lack of publicity this event got. It wasn't even listed in the Springs Arts Guide. It does seem that a lot of people showed up merely for the free food and wine... :P

1:09 AM  
Blogger ¬©Hotbutton Press said...

All the more reason to have known about it.... I'm always ready to buy something good that's not overpriced. And willing to help drive the costs up to a less embarassing figure ;), when the opposite scenario occurs as is often the case in an art auction. Weren't the FAC auctions usually a success? They always advertised the hell out of that event and made it a not-to-miss event for the nouveau riche.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Mark Arnest said...

The official word is that the auction raised nearly $10,000 for the philharmonic - which is a respectable sum for, I think, 55 pieces. (That number includes a few non-art pieces - gift certificates, etc. - and the two or three pieces that didn't sell.) It just shows that what looks fiasco-like doesn't become an actual fiasco until the bidding ends...

Not bad, but not comparable to the previous week's auction to raise money for the Palmer Land Trust. THAT auction - eat your words, AE - took in over $50,000, with 23 artists selling art to 31 people. Martha Mans' "Red Rocks" fetched the most at $3,800. So perhaps the biggest problem with "Repeat Performance" was simply that it took place so soon after the Palmer Land Trust show.

3:05 PM  

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