Enjoy an evening of cocktails, fine food, and live music and opt to get in on the bidding for art that may astound—as well as sports memorabilia, adventure opportunities, and more—at the Auction for the Arts May 14 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Bonifas Arts Center.
Artists donate so much original artwork for the auction that it’s a thrill just to “come and check everything out,” said Corinne Powers, BAC education coordinator, as the auction becomes almost like a small-scale exhibit.
Over the years, Sue Roll, Bonifas business director, has purchased art at the auction, so this collection is now displayed throughout her house, she said. “You get original art at bargain prices while supporting a great organization,” said Roll.
A wide range of “exciting” art of all sizes and types will be auctioned, said Christina Carlin, BAC special events coordinator, from paintings and ceramics to quilting and pottery, including, as just two examples, “Catching Light,” a hand-embroidered landscape made with hand-dyed thread, linen and silk, by nationally celebrated and collected fiber artist, Martha Fieber, winner of a Smithsonian Craft Show Silver Exhibitor’s Award; and “Brewing Storm,” a large alcohol ink painting depicting the start of an autumn storm, by Diane Kribs-Mays.
“Due to the auction, I’ve also had great experiences,” said Roll. One year, for example, she acquired Bay College vouchers she used to enrich her life, she said. This year, residents can bid on, for instance, a pair of tickets for Pictured Rocks Cruises and weekend passes to the Bark River International Raceway.
Those not interested in buying art will have plenty to bid on, including an autographed photo of Gustav Nyquist, No. 14 for the Detroit Redwings, and a $100 gift certificate from Heynssens-Selin’s, said Carlin.
The auction art, the experiences that occur using the certificates auctioned, and even the event itself are “enlivening,” said Roll. When Roll brought her daughter to the auction, her daughter loved the experience so much that attending became, for them, a beloved annual tradition, she said.
Art Plus Food
Beer and wine, as well as a “cocktail menu,” will be available at a cash bar, said Carlin.
Attendees can sample an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, provided by The Stonehouse, the menu slated to include bacon-wrapped shrimp or scallops with honey-mustard glaze, tater skins, bruschetta, chicken skewers, and stuffed baby portabella mushrooms, said Carlin, with desserts provided by Suzy D’s Gourmet Caramel Apples & Sweets and Elmer’s County Market.
Superior String Alliance
Members of the Superior String Alliance Chamber Players, Danielle Simandl on violin and Ria Hodgson on viola, will perform a diverse array of songs during a pair of silent auctions, while attendees mingle and view, from 6:30 p.m. until the raffle drawing at approximately 8:30 p.m., followed by the live auction for higher-value items, said Carlin.
Those who can’t afford to bid, or simply don’t wish to, still should come enjoy a fun and “relaxing night out,” said Carlin.
Attendees also will have the chance to help create a collaborative “community” painting, enjoying an easel provided by Bill Oman, a painter, and the available paints and canvas, so that “guests can take part in creating a piece of artwork,” hopefully discovering that art can be fun and need not always be “taken so seriously,” said Carlin.
The auction, sponsored by the Delta County Credit Union, is the Bonifas' biggest fundraiser of the year, Carlin said.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased online or at the Bonifas.