Auction Supports Community Arts Scene, Raises Critical Funding for Volunteer Arts Organization!
- Auction Sneak Peeks Exhibition: Nov. 20 – Dec. 6
- First Friday Auction Preview: Dec. 5 at 7 pm
- Auction Date: Saturday, Dec. 6, Last preview at 5 pm, Bidding at 7 pm
Works/San José ’s long-awaited auction will take place at on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 451 South First St., San Jose, Calif. Bidding will begin promptly at 7 pm with the final preview at 5 pm.
With more than 100 pieces of art donated by scores of the area’s artists, exhibition of auction pieces will begin on Thursday, Nov. 20. As usual, admission is free, but bidder registration is $10 for Works members and $15 for others. (Proxy bidding will be available.)
“We’re encouraged by such a strong showing,” says Steve Cooley, President of Works’ volunteer board who spent countless hours developing an online database to store and feature auction items at www.workssanjose.org.
Works’ volunteer board members are looking forward to the event, which has historically represented a large part of the organization’s donor revenues. The organization hopes that some of the area’s coveted names will draw higher bids. By the same token, Works is also looking for adventurous art buyers who may end up with a solid investment from the area’s new or up-and-coming artists.
“Works/San José’s art auction has always been the South Bay’s most accessible. With regional artists everyone knows of to several you will be hearing about in the future–it’s definitely the most eclectic, and where the greatest deals are found. Some of the bidding will start in the two digits!” says long-time Works designer and current board member, Joe Miller.
Works/San José, which has in years past been the debut gallery for many Bay Area artists, is counting on members of the community to consider this fact when they appear at the auction.
“This holiday season, I hope people will remember that they’re not just buying art from a local artist, they are buying into a philanthropic share of the San Jose arts community. Over its 30 year history, Works/San José has not only helped define the arts in this community, but it has also helped artists challenge that definition and remain at the creative cutting edge,” continues Cooley.
Works/San José is the San José community’s art and performance center-a non-profit creative laboratory dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience.
Gallery hours are: Thursdays 3 – 7 pm, Fridays noon – 4 pm, and Saturdays noon – 4 pm. For more information or to find out how to volunteer, please visit: www.workssanjose.org.
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