TELLURIDE – The Ah Haa School for the Arts’ “007 Art Auction: License to Create” takes place Thursday, July 21-Friday, July 22, at the Ah Haa School.
“Many of the pieces that will be on the auction block were made just for this event,” said Ah Haa Executive Director Rachel Loomis-Lee of items in the school's 19th Annual Art Auction, adding that attendees are invited to wear costumes “with the James Bond theme.”
Participating artists will gather Thursday, 5-7 p.m., for a preview of their pieces, and pre-bids on live and silent auction items, with champagne and canapés and live music. The silent auction features more than 150 original art pieces and over 200 amazing trips, goods and services donated by the region’s artists, businesses and Ah Haa School supporters.
Thursday's auction pieces will include a martini cabinet, made by Andy Ward; Bee Haven, a ceramic piece by Julie McNair; Aspen Grove, an oil painting by Robert Weatherford, and
Amy Schilling’s encaustic on wood panel, Sun.
The Ah Haa School Art Auction goes into high gear on Friday, July 22, with bidding on silent auction items starting at 5 p.m. and the live auction opening at 7 p.m.
“We’ll have a DJ spinning tunes, three bars and great hors d’oeuvres,” said Loomis-Lee. “Friday’s event will showcase 11 fabulous items…including a vintage 1978 convertible VW bug generously donated by Sheila Wald, a pastel painting by Steve Cieciuch, and a Polka Duet Tandem Bike creatively tricked out by local artists Jon Hubbard and Buff Hooper.
“This year’s auction will include special guest New Orleans artist, Frenchy, who will create a painting on-site capturing the event” for auctioning off at the evening's end.
A live auction highlight, Loomis-Lee predicts, “will be a dress hand-painted by Nicole Finger, accompanied by matching shoes and jewelry, inspired by Art Noveau artist Alphonse Mucha’s work.
“The Ah Haa School’s Annual Art Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Loomis-Lee said. “The money we raise during this great evening supports the broad spectrum of programs and workshops we offer. It’s a fun night out and a fabulous way to support Telluride’s community art center!”
Absentee bidding forms are now available online at www.ahhaa.org and will be accepted until Friday, July 22, at 5 p.m.
Purchase your Art Auction tickets now, as seating is limited for the Thursday evening event. Admission to Thursday’s intimate gathering is $45, which includes admission to the Friday auction as well. Friday auction tickets are $25. Tickets are available at the Ah Haa School at 300 South Townsend in Telluride.