JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library will hold its first-ever local art auction featuring artwork donated by area artists from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.
Local auctioneer Lee Davies will conduct the sale, and there will be refreshments and musical entertainment.
“This is a brand new fundraising event for the library, and it will be exciting,” said R. Thomas Rankin, president of the board of trustees.
Before Davies starts the bidding, a cocktail hour will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, sweets, beer and wine available plus music by Davis and Eng. The audience will also have a chance to view the items for sale during that time.
Artwork has been donated by local artists, many of whom have exhibited in the library’s art gallery over the years.
“As former exhibitors or artists who have already scheduled a future show, we wanted them to be among the first to know about this event,” auction chairwoman Lynn Warner said.
Any medium such as painting, photography or sculpture was welcome as long as the work was ready for display and could be transported easily by the winning bidder, she added.
Tickets at $30 each may be purchased at the library’s Circulation Desk or at prendergastlibrary.org using PayPal or a credit card. Online buyers are asked to put their name and “art auction tickets” in the special instructions section; tickets can be held at the library or mailed.
“We hope many members of the community will want to be part of this benefit and help us make this inaugural art auction fundraiser a success,” said Library Director Tina Scott.
The library is collecting information from participating artists and photos of their artwork to create an online catalog that will be available at prendergastlibrary.org before the event. A printed catalog providing basic information will also be distributed that evening.
The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.