Annual Art Bridge Auction
"It was breathtaking how quickly the numbers went up. Everyone in the room was lit up by the energy created. When the final bid was announced, I was in a stunned silence. The only thing I could do was go up to the winning bidder, introduce myself, and sincerely thank them for supporting my work, and the work of ArtSpan." - Eric Rewitzer
ArtSpan's annual art auction is a festive evening of art and community, where you can add something fantastic to your collection while you support ArtSpan's work.
The 2017 auction featured more than 130 artworks donated by ArtSpan members and by the end of the evening, every piece had sold. The collection was selected by an esteemed panel of jurors: Ray Beldner, co-founder of stARTup Art Fair, Tova Lobatz, co-director at Heron Arts, Olivia Ongpin, owner of Luna Rienne Gallery, and Kate Patterson, Communications Director at SF Arts Commission.
With over 500 guests, the 2017 auction raised more than $130,000 to support ArtSpan programs. Collectors competed to get their favorite pieces until the last minute, and the evening concluded with an impromptu live Flash Sale, where Auction Emily made sure every last piece of art was sold. Even then, playful guests didn't want to leave, and a dance party broke out while the room was breaking down.
"I am an artist as well as an art collector. I draw from both experiences when searching for that one, memorable piece,"
said Valerie Scott. "My heart flutters when I enter the auction installation, brimming with excited collectors of the arts and fellow artists. I wander from piece to piece, room to room in an art-fueled dream, adding my bids beneath others and returning to sections to check my bidding status periodically. It was all a well-crafted, delightful dance."
Work at the auction included photography, painting, sculpture, and jewelry, along with an array of "experiences" specially selected for art lovers, like a coffee date with "All Over Coffee" creator Paul Madonna. There was something for every taste and every price range.
"The event was full of energy and laughter and really made for an inviting experience, considering I am a new member. Not only was I able to sell my art, but I also got to watch two people compete to place the highest bid on it before the auction ended. I will never forget that," said artist Mike Sanchez.
"ArtSpan has been an important partner in my art career for well over a decade. Lending my support to ArtSpan while connecting to a new collector was, in every possible way, a win:win. The faith that the ArtSpan team had in me and my new direction is something I value tremendously," said local mixed media artist John Kraft.
Guests who didn't take home artwork could still show their support by contributing directly to ArtSpan operations and programs in the annual Fund-A-Need segment of the live auction.
Allison Snopek, tireless Program Director, grinned as bid paddles shot up to support $50 "coffee for the staff" pledges. "It's great to feel so much love from this community. They know we're working on their behalf. The boost we get from the auction is more than financial."
Photographer John Nieto says, "ArtSpan's Art Bridge Benefit Auction is an event I look forward to every year whether I'm participating as an artist, a guest, or a volunteer. I always leave feeling deeply satisfied."
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