Art Auction 2013 a Success

Art Auction 2013 a Success

Laguna Art Museum is pleased to report that Art Auction 2013: California Underground on February 9 was a tremendous success. The museum would like to thank the attendees, participating artists and galleries, event committee, and dedicated sponsors for playing an important role in that success. This year was record-breaking, making it the museum’s most successful auction in its 31-year history. This is a great achievement for the museum’s fundraising efforts and all proceeds will benefit education and exhibition programs, including elementary school tours, educational lectures, and important exhibitions, as well as help kick-start the funding for the building’s new air conditioning system.
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The auction grossed approximately $255,000, which is $73,000 more than in 2012 and $123,000 more than 2011. Based on preliminary numbers, the museum expects to net $175,000 versus a budgeted goal of $120,000.
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Additionally, 450 people attended, including 45 of the 113 featured artists. Artists in attendance included Marlo and Cathy Bartels, Guillermo Bert, Brenda Bredvick, Mark Chamberlain, Timothy J. Clark (whose solo exhibition at Laguna Art Museum is on display through February 17), Jorg Dubin, Jeff Gillette, Jimi Gleason, David Milton, Mia Moore, Jeff Sewell, Vladimir Sokolov, Theodore Svenningsen, and Steve Zoller, among others.
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Eighteen of the 115 works sold at or above value, and all twenty items in the live auction sold, which has not been the case in recent years. Thirty-nine artists (the most in recent years) chose to donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale of their work to the museum, versus the option of donating 70%.
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The top four works sold at the event were in the live auction and included Triple Light Wedge by Laddie John Dill, which sold for $29,000; Northern Train in Snow by Theodore Svenningsen, which sold for $11,000; a commissioned portrait by Don Bachardy, which sold for $10,000; and 19 Rabbit by Kim MacConnell, which sold for $9,000. The top item sold in the silent auction was 185. Street Flower by Jeff Koegel which sold for $8,050. Seventy-six percent of the works sold (compared to 70% in 2012), and the remaining pieces are available on the museum’s website through Sunday, February 17 at the minimum bid price which is 50% of the stated value.
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The museum transformed into an edgy underground club for its annual art auction fundraiser, Art Auction 2013: California Underground. The event showcased works of art from over 113 premier California artists such as Charles Arnoldi, Tony DeLap, Laddie John Dill, Manny Farber, Joe Goode, Helen Lundeberg, Kim McConnel, and more (click here for a list of featured artists), which were sold during an exciting silent auction as well as a fast-paced live auction led by Christie’s International Auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski. Attendees had the opportunity to support the museum’s education and exhibition programs by adding works by prestigious California artists to their collections. Bidding started at 50% of the stated value, and all proceeds will benefit Laguna Art Museum, a non-profit organization.
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In addition to art, guests enjoyed a sampling of gastropub fare from local noteworthy restaurants including Nirvana Grille, Broadway by Amar Santana, Romeo Cucina, Tamarind of London, and Katsuya; vintage cocktails; wines from the Wine Gallery, Corona del Mar; floral design by Paul Fenner Floral Design; live DJ entertainment provided by The Observatory; and live art performances by Mimi Yoon and John Park. Attendees also had the chance to mingle with featured artists, fellow collectors, and the museum’s curators and executive director. The event culminated with a club-vibe afterparty featuring desserts by Simply Sweet Cakery, cocktails, lighting and production design by the Showpros, and dancing.
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Led by Art Auction 2013 co-chairs Sara Heeschen, Michele Monda, and Sarah Thorne-Markman; and committee members Jennifer Karam, Elizabeth Kramer, Deborah Lake, and Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza; Laguna Art Museum’s annual Art Auction has become one of Orange County’s most exciting art and social experiences.
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Video by Michael Farmer Photography
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Photos by Eric Stoner

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