Crazy-talented artist Jonathan Hill recently contacted me to request a work for an online auction to benefit the Washington School for the Deaf where he recently gave a workshop. The proceeds from this silent online art auction will all go directly to purchasing graphic novels for the school's library.
As the auction was to benefit children I decided to dig into the archive and retrieve a drypoint etching I did as a sample while teaching printmaking at OCAC's Art Adventures summer camp many years ago. This is the only existing drypoint from that plate and bidding starts at the insanely low price of $5.00. So don't wait, visit the auction and put down a few bids. There's some beautiful work available by a number of very talented artists, and you set the price. . . at least until someone sets a higher one.
I've included some specific information about how the auction is structured that was sent to me by Jonathan, just in case you're one of those folks who gets into the fine print.
"Here is how it's going to work:
Each piece has a corresponding number to it. To bid on a piece, simply leave a comment with the number of the piece you want to bid on and the amount you would like to bid. At the end of the auction, I will be contacting the people with the highest bid on each piece, sending them an invoice via Paypal for the amount they bid within 48 hours. And because I've had some problems with this the last time I did this: If someone else has bid on a piece that you want - don't feel bad placing a higher bid. That's how this whole auction thing works.
Now, there's no legal obligation or what not, but I'm hoping that the people who bid are doing so for the art and to help the school, so it's all based on an honor system. If for some reason the person with the highest bid is unable to pay, I will be contacting to the person with the next highest bid. All work has a minimum bid of $5.00.
$5.00 will be added to the final bid for shipping costs."
Get bidding people. The auction closes on April 27, 2011.