Wow- what an evening that was! The "Chair Affair" was attended by many-it also was a real nerve-wracker for me. It is very difficult, as an artist, to put your work out there, and know that your abilities and the whole elan of the final product are being judged. And that money is involved. (All well and good for your friends to tell you it is a great piece, but when it comes to people actually doing the BUYING- another story). Anyhow, the bidding started off rather quietly- lovely chairs were going for $200, or $300. Bidding was tough- even for the very talented Alicia Gordon (the auctioneer). And I was shaking in my boots. My chair was in the last quarter of the program-just long enough to get me through every last fingernail!!!!! When my chair was brought up on the stage.........I think I was hyperventilating at that point.........the bidding STARTED at $500. Final bid- $1300!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was pretty happy. Then the next few chairs were by recognized artists in the area-and the highest bid on any of those was $1200. There was one chair, done by a fellow who builds custom furniture, that went for a huge amount- $2800. But that chair had been altered considerably. It was a lot bigger, and had inserts of cork and carving in the wood. (Also a lot heavier, judging by how it was carried up to the stage). But of all the non-modified ones, mine ended up making the most.
Okay- brag over.
But one more thing- the $1300 that was made by that chair will go to feed two families, 5 children each, for a year, and still have $300 left over for another family. For more information, go and see www.g2gkingston.ca
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