Caswell Arts’ Silent Auction Seeks to Find Art A New Home
What do you do with a valuable collection of artwork derived from some of the most talented artists in the Caswell area over the past 40 years? The collection - which includes approximately 120 original works in a variety of styles, mediums, and influences - has been acquired piece by piece for over 40 years. Many of the works of art were purchased as part of the Caswell Arts’ annual Juried Show, where the organization traditionally made a “purchase award” of buying a select piece of art. Other pieces are commissioned works, and still others were gifts from artists.
With the majority of the artwork in long-term storage, it has a goal of Caswell Arts to find suitable locations to display the pieces. “The goal with this collection has always been the desire to see these works viewed and appreciated,” says Denise Burnette, Executive Director of Caswell Arts. “With the move to our new location, this goal and challenge has become more immediate.”
With the help of some local organizations, the arts council has already secured hanging space for many of these pieces in public areas of the community; such as the Caswell County Senior Center, the Gunn Memorial Public Library, Co-Square, and the Yanceyville Museum of Art. More locations are currently being discussed, and the organization is excited to put their “gallery around town” into community spaces for people to see and enjoy.
In addition to finding new public homes for these works, the Caswell Council for the Arts will also be offering some of these works for purchase by members of the community. It was a difficult deci-sion, but in the end, it was decided that the art belongs where it can be enjoyed and appreciated. That is where it is most valuable. With this idea in mind, over 30 of these works will be available for sale via silent auction. The auction, which originally was scheduled as an in person event, will now be held online. Bidding will begin on Sept. 20th at 10am and will run until Oct. 20th at 2pm. Bid-ding and artwork can be viewed at www.trellis.org/give-art-a-home/auction or via a link from the council’s website at www.caswellarts.org.
Artwork can be viewed in person at the Caswell Council for the Arts’ Lee Fowkles Gallery at 125 Main St. Yanceyville during gallery hours - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and on the 2nd Saturday of September and October from 10am—2pm.
All proceeds from the sale of the artwork will support the Caswell Council for the Arts, a 501C3 non-profit organization, in their mission to enrich and promote the arts in Caswell County and sur-rounding areas.