Off-The-Wall Art Auction Saturday

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 1:44 p.m. / Art

This Saturday's Arts! Alive is looking pretty great.

Right now over in Eureka, volunteers are setting up a silent art auction. Over 200 local donors pulled art off their own walls and out of their closets and safes to help raise funds for the Humboldt Botanical Garden.

Julie Fulkerson spoke with KHUM about the method, the cause, and why it's not just secondhand art:

"I wanted to mention a few names like Jim McVicker and George Van Hook. George, who lived in Humboldt and is now on the east Coast... both Jim and George, their paintings sell in the tens of thousands of dollars, and these paintings are going to start at a very low price."

Julie Fulkerson Audio

From organizers:

Silent Art Auction for Sara’s Garden, Humboldt Botanical Gardens

A Silent Art Auction will be held May 3 from 6pm to 9pm during Arts Alive in Eureka at 5th and F Streets, next door to the Sewell Gallery.

The event supports completion of Sara’s Garden at the Humboldt Botanical Gardens.

During Arts Alive, auction visitors can write down bids anytime until 8:45 pm.

At 8:45, the auctions closes and winning bidders make a donation to the Humboldt Botanical Gardens and take art home with them.

Jim McVicker, George Van Hook, Helen Vatcher, Peggy Loudon, Nina Groth are among over one hundred artists included in the exhibit and silent auction.

There will be all kinds of collectibles, jewelry and garden art. There is something for everyone. Prices start at $5.

Sara’s Garden will be an intimate, perennial garden located just above the Dedekam Ornamental Terrace Garden, approached by a long, vine-covered pergola walkway.

The take-the-art-off-your walls-style auction was inspired by a team of women who wanted to raise funds for good reasons as a way to have a fundraiser without asking local artists to donate their art to yet another cause. Not surprisingly, artists are also donating their own work because of the special women to whom this flower garden is dedicated, Sara O’Hara Goosby. Sara was a teacher and family advocate at Headstart and a remarkable woman in all ways. Her friend Julie Fulkerson says that Sara loved flowers, had them around her always, even if she simply had a jar filled with water and beautiful blossoms.

Robin Hashem is organizing countless details and emphasizes that this is “an event everyone can afford because the prices start at $5”. Joyce Hough and Kelly Livingston “work their design magic arranging the paintings, pottery, jewelry and other objects” as Julie Fulkerson describes it.