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Silent Art Auction Nov. 20 to Benefit Local Artists

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Three Plattsburgh State University of New York art students, Kahoru Otani, Robert Lewis and Monique Ford, are working with Diane Fine, professor and chair of the Art Department, to put together a silent art auction to benefit three local art foundations -- the Plattsburgh College Foundation Art Department account, the North Country Cultural Center on Brinkerhoff Street and the Bluseed Studio in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

The auction, on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lobby of the Myers Fine Arts Building, will feature a wide range of art work by students and alumni of the art program. Works will include print-making, photography, ceramics, sculptures and paintings.

Otani, Lewis and Ford are working on this project as part of their independent study with Fine.

"I've really enjoyed interacting with the three foundations," said Lewis. "We're doing what we can to help these foundations to further the enjoyment of art in the community. I love that it gets people involved in art."

This is not the first art auction undertaken by the Art Department. A year-and-a-half ago, a similar auction was held to benefit New York City artists following Sept. 11, 2001.

"People have kept asking me when we were going to do something like this again," said Fine. "These students have really worked hard to put this auction together. And it's just in time for Christmas shopping."

During a silent auction, artwork is displayed on tables with a piece of paper placed beside it. Those interested in purchasing the work can write a bid down on the paper. Someone else may come along and offer a higher bid, therefore the first person must either decide to raise the bid or not. Each work will be "on auction" for a specified period of time so someone doesn't have to stay for the entire time to "win" a bid and buy the art.

"Sometimes people are intimidated by the word, 'auction.' But during a silent auction, there is no one barking out numbers while people raise bid paddles. The silent auction is much calmer and makes for an interesting way to purchase individual pieces of artwork," said Fine. "It's quite an experience to buy original artwork, and this benefit auction provides an excellent opportunity for the community to purchase art pieces and support local artists."

The auction, which is free and open to the public, will also feature live music and refreshments will be served. For more information on the auction, contact Fine at 564-2461 or email her at [email protected]

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