Archive for Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Art auction sets record

April 10, 2001

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Saturday night's auction at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth St., brought in a record amount, according to Rick Mitchell, gallery director.

In the auction alone, $56,724 worth of art was sold.

"That's up 22 percent from last year, which was the previous record," Mitchell said. "That's a huge increase."

With the addition of ticket sales and donations, the arts center expects total funds raised to reach nearly $60,000, he said.

An original painting by Roger Shimomura sold for the highest amount: $6,600.

Money raised from the event goes to support various art programs for children and other events the center is involved in, director Ann Evans said.

More than 200 art pieces were sold 90 of them in a live auction and the remainder in a silent auction for about 90 percent of retail value. A total of 168 artists entered art pieces.

Jonah Seibel, 22, Lawrence, was showing his art work for the first time in the auction. He had entered a metal table and described it as "functional art."

"I'm excited," he said earlier in the evening before the auction. "I'm just hoping it makes some money for them."

Doug Delaney, 41, Lawrence, was one of the many non-artists who showed up just to watch the auction and see the art works. Accompanying him, however, was Cheryl Roth, Lawrence, who made several ceramic pieces she put up for auction.

"We know a lot of the people who have donated things to be auctioned," Delaney said.

Mitchell estimated that 500 people attended the event.

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