Art fanciers and patrons mingled with artists Saturday night at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Some of them bid on paintings, sculptures, photographs and other works at the center's 16th annual art auction, which featured 158 works from about 140 artists. More than 300 people attended.
Porcelain plates valued at $20 were auctioned along with paintings valued at more than $1,000.
"I travel across the state and across the country, and the Lawrence Arts Center is my favorite place because of the excitement here," said Don Lambert, vice president of the Kansas City Arts Commission, who was at the auction.
He's better known as the discoverer and promoter of the late Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, the Wellsville artist who, when she died in 1993, had earned a national reputation for her drawings.
An untitled drawing by Layton fetched the highest bid of the night, $4,000. It was donated by Layton's estate. A wall sculpture by Lawrence artist Ron Hinton, valued at $300, sold for $650.
In all, the auction brought in $35,300, up from $32,000 last year.
All of the auctioned works were donated to the center, most by the artists themselves.
The annual auction is the biggest fund-raising event of the year for the center, 200 W. Ninth, which this year is trying to raise money to pay for a major expansion.
"This is a significant portion of our budget," said Ann Evans, the center's executive director. "But it's also just a wonderful opportunity to recognize the wonderful artists. I always get real excited because it's the time to see all of our friends."