BAC holds 35th annual art auction: An original Bateman work on the list.

By Pepper Parr


January 14th, 2014

More than one hundred works of art and fine craft by Canadian artists will be up for auction at the Burlington Art Centre on February 7. The event is a fundraiser for the Art Centre that gives anyone with a ticket an opportunity to be the highest bidder on original artwork and take home a new treasure.

The Burlington Art Centre wants you to imagine what an original piece of art would look like in your home.

A total of 600 artists were invited to submit recent works for the auction, including internationally acclaimed wildlife artists Robert Bateman – who has agreed to put up an original work – and Chris Bacon, noted Japanese dollmaker Komiko Koyanagi, Hamilton ceramist Reid Flock. Juried artwork from both emerging and well-established artists adds further depth to the exceptional selection. There is something for everyone on this special evening.

Auctioneer Nello Romagnoli brings a light and entertaining touch to the auction welcoming bids from both novice and experienced art buyers and collectors.

Live and silent auction previews will take place at the BAC, 1333 Lakeshore Road, on February 5 and 6, 11 am – 9 pm, February 7, 11 am – 5pm. The previews are free and open to everyone interested in deciding in advance the artworks they want to bid on during the auction.

Every art collector starts somewhere. They tend to grow!

New this year is a Free Pre-Auction `How to Start a Collection` Seminars led by Denis Longchamps, Director of Programs and Jonathan Smith, Permanent Collection Curator.  They take place Wednesday January 29th: 7 p.m. and Thursday February 6th: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The actual auction is a ticketed event: BAC Member $35.  Non-Member $40 and $45 at the door.  Advanced bids and telephone bidding are welcome, but must be arranged ahead of time by calling 905-632-7796, ext. 302. 

Previews: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 11:00 am  – 9:00pm, Thursday, Feb. 6, 11am – 9:00 pm Friday, Feb 7, 11 am – 5pm There is no charge for the Auction previews

Friday, February 7th Doors Open 6 pm.  Catered Reception through to 8:00 pm.  Silent Auction closes at 8 :00pm.  Live Auction starts at 8:30 pm

Your ticket includes:

•             Opportunity to attend a free How to Start a Collection seminar

•             Fete of Local Food and Wine Tasting Reception

•             Entry to the Art Auction and Previews

•             Full-colour Catalogue

•             Bid Number

Visit the BAC website for additional details or call 905-632-7796 x326

If all your questions have not been answered pop a note along to Kim Varian.

The Burlington Art Centre has celebrated its 35th Anniversary.  Formed by groups of artists who are now resident at the Art Centre as Guilds the operation is now part of the city of Burlington’s cultural offering.  The Centre is open seven days a week and has an Art Etc shop that has an amazing variety of arts and crafts items on sale.  The Art Centre has one of the largest collections of ceramics in North America and is sought out by ceramic artists frequently.

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