Going Once, Going Twice...

Lawrence Powell
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Published on April 07, 2014

Geoff Keymer on banjo leads a group of locals in some great bluegrass.

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A spinning demonstration was held throughout the evening.

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Rug hooking is an art as demonstrated by this woman.

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This artist paints throughout the evening.

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Judy Maher demonstrates her art to a spectator.

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The food was good. The wait staff mingled throughout the evening.

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Raffle tickets sold by the hundreds.

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Threading the needle.

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Silent auction bids were made on items displayed around the Legion hall.

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A framed oil painting by Ray Sanford was among auction items.

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There were several dozen silent auction items including paintings, prints, services, such as haircuts and photo shoots, plus clothing, and gift cards.

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More silent auction items.

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This paddle was among auction items.

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This Pat Lohrenz paint was among the live auction big-ticket items.

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Spring flowers painting demonstration.

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This art is about what you leave behind.

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Going Once, Going twice is as much a social event as it is a fundraiser.

ARCAC auction a celebration of the arts; major fundraiser

While the proceeds are still being tallied, it looks like Going Once, Going Twice, a major auction fundraiser for the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council Saturday evening, was a big success. Scores of supporters turned out and enjoyed themselve at the Legion in Annapolis Royal in what is becoming one of the gala events of the season.

The evening consisted of raffles, a silent auction, and a live auction. But there were also artists and artisans on hand demonstrating their talents; a photo booth; live musical entertainment; numerous trays of food; and a pair of mime artists who awed the mingling crowd by their ability to paint thin air.

Helping out with the live auction were Terri McCullough of This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Louise Renault, co-host of CBC Radio's Information Morning.

The Going Once…Going Twice fundraiser is a “Celebration of the Arts “which showcases the wealth of artistic talent in the region. Saturday’s event provided a sampling of the many incredibly talented artists and artisans including woodworkers, shoemakers, quilters, fabric artists, knitters and spinners, visual artists, potters,  yoga and meditation practitioners, musicians, jewellers, photographers, culinary specialists, drama enthusiasts, landscape designers, authors and yes, even bagpipers, who live in the Digby, Annapolis Royal to Middleton area.  

An organizer of the event said ARCAC was thrilled to have such tremendous support from the community including local B&Bs, King’s Theatre, Scotiabank, local businesses, golf courses, health and legal professionals, businesses throughout the Valley and Halifax, as well as from our arts council members and their friends.

ARCAC’s community partner, Scotiabank, got into the spirit of the event with staff selling raffle tickets, handling registrations and introducing the auction items to the audience. Staff and CBC’s Louise Renault teamed with auctioneer extraordinaire Maurice Parker to create a rapid-fire bidding experience. One of the highlights of the live auction was tickets to the season opening taping “This Hour Has 22 Minutes.” Those tickets fetched $280. Some donors created quite a stir when they appeared on stage with their donations. 

“The arts council is very thankful for the support of those who attended the gala and for the cast of volunteers who worked on the event,” said a spokesperson.  “Approximately $10,000 was raised at the event and Scotiabank, through its Community Partner program, will add $4,000 to that amount. It was indeed a grand party and a fine example of the power of community.”

 

 

Organizations: Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, Annapolis Royal, CBC Radio

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