“Twilight, Central Park South”, oil on canvas is available in the first auction which will be held on March 2 at 8 p.m., click on the image to bid online.
The Club’s auctions, held in the fall and in the spring, are its primary fund raisers. The historic brownstone which houses the Club is currently undergoing a large renovation project–the main gallery is being restored to its original design complete with domed skylight! As the oldest arts club in the US, it is important that the Club retain its status as a center for American art, remaining true to its historic roots in the 19th and 20th century.
The auctions are a great way for collectors to acquire quality art by some of New York’s popular artist members. Opening bids begin at 1/3 the retail value of the artwork. For example, my painting featured in the first auction, “Twilight, Central Park South” will have an opening bid of $375. I would not offer this piece in a gallery for less than $1200! Depending on the auction traffic and popularity of the artist, sometimes it is possible to acquire a piece for less than retail value. So why do artists participate in these auctions?
For me, it is an opportunity to introduce my work to new collectors while supporting an institution that I am proud to be a member of. I don’t do charity auctions on a regular basis, and I only do them if they are curated and for an art-related organization. In doing so, I know my work is hanging next to work of the same professional quality. Also, it is important to note that the Club shares the profit from the sales with the artists on a 50-50 basis. This ensures that professional artists, who rely on the income from selling their paintings, will participate.
The Club’s online bidding system allows collectors to place bids in advance or to bid live as the auction takes place. If you are going to bid in advance and cannot bid during the auction either online or in person because of other commitments, it is wise to offer the amount you are comfortable paying for the piece, rather than to just offer the minimum bid. If you prefer to bid live, you can do so at the Club or online from the comfort of your home.
Here are links to the 2 pieces I have in the second and third auctions, I hope you will take the opportunity to support the Club and to acquire some new artwork for your collection!
Second Auction, March 11 at 2 p.m. features “Work Horse”
Third Auction, March 16 at 8 p.m. features “Into the Park”
Next week I will have an update on the first auction!