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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Newly certified artist displays credentials

For the record, this piece was completed before Janklow's announcement of terminal cancer, but after news reports of his speeding tickets this summer. "Year of Fear" sold for the astonishing price of $125 at "The Goods," a Dahl Fine Arts Center's annual fundraiser event. The $125 went to The Dahl.

This is the first non-photographic piece I have ever offered for sale, and, to be honest, it would have been hard to sell if it had not been in a fund-raiser show. But, someone did pay money for it. I guess that establishes me as a local artist, right? Really, take a look at the pieces that you could have had for $125.


BF said...

Nice piece, Bob. I especially like the flood passage, the mountain lion reference and the oil pipeline leak. I've participated in that event a couple of times, and think the art it generates is wonderful. I think they could probably get more money out of the fundraiser than they do, but the process is designed to be egalitarian to some degree, I suppose. It's a little frustrating not to be able to acquire the specific piece you want, or at least, not in such a way as to allow the artist and the fundraising organization to benefit from the real market value of the piece purchased. i,e, if somebody really wanted to own your piece and didn't win it in the drawing, they would have to make an offer to the person who won it. To the degree that the price they were willing to pay was over $125, both you and the Dahl basically left a little money on the table.

Even so, it's a great event, and the art experience is first rate. Thanks for the links to the pix.

Bob Newland said...

The first couple of times the Dahl tried "The Goods," they allowed bids on each piece. Bidders would write a dollar amount and their name on a sheet of paper connected to a specific piece, with successively higher bidders taking out the previous bidders.

Some pieces, of course, got no bids or embarassingly low bids, which led the Dahl to adopt the current format, which allows those who want a piece to write their name on a sheet and hope their name is drawn in a lottery for that piece.

The art items are titularly anonymous inasmuch as the artist is not identified before the piece is awarded to the winner of the lottery on that piece.

Many pieces are obviously the work of people whose style is known, but since I have no style and am unknown as an artist, my piece was pretty anonymous. It also only received two signatures of wannabe owners, while real artists' pieces in the show sometimes had dozens of desirous applicants.

Wayne Gilbert said...

I agree with BF--nice piece. Also, Bob, nice gesture on your part to participate in the Goods. Yeah I think you can be identified as an artist.