Sky Light, 24x30, acrylic on linen
There's a lot of controversy over whether or not artists should donate art to charity and benefit auctions. There is indeed a big downside to doing that as evidenced by Matt Gleason's recent article, The Career Benefits of Boycotting Charity Art Auctions, most of which I agree with. Yet, I continue to donate artwork every year to organizations whose mission and work I truly believe in, and to whom I would otherwise make a monetary donation.
Looking Across the Marsh, 20x30, acrylic on linen
Having said that, I would urge you to read Matt's article. If you're an artist it will give you plenty of tough food for thought. If you are a collector who loves the excitement of an auction I would encourage you to read the article and see what donating work to auctions really means for an artist. It may change the way you bid, and hopefully encourage you to bid more often and higher, thereby helping to preserve the market value of something you love: art.
Autumn Journey, 20x30, acrylic
Florence Griswold Museum Fundraiser Auction
Typically, I donate top tier work, professionally framed, to organizations that promote and support art, animal rescue or the preservation of land and the environment. I'm very selective about which organizations and generally they are local to me and I have some real life connection with them. Unfortunately, I can't say yes to everyone who asks for a donation.
Autumn Storm, pastel on paper
Salmagundi Club Spring Auction
For my collectors, auctions are a really great way to purchase works. The selling price is usually under retail , so you get a good value for your money plus you get to support some really great organizations that make a difference in the world.
If you're new to collecting my work, or art in general, auctions can be the perfect introduction to purchasing art and collecting.
Another great way to collect is to simply email me, use the contact form on my website, and set up a studio visit. Then you'll get to meet me, see plenty of work, old, new, and in progress! You can ask questions and take your time browsing, talk about framing options, and creating groupings of paintings that fit your room.
Ambler Farm Benefit Auction
Here are the auctions that I participate in every year where you can typically find my new England landscape paintings:
The Salmagundi Club Auctions, both spring and fall. These auctions benefit America's oldest art club. The club is located in a beautiful brownstone mansion on 5th Ave. in NYC. Proceeds from the auction benefit the club and help pay for my annual dues.
Artrageous! - This gala event occurs every spring and raises finds for scholarships to Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. My daughter is a student there and scholarship recipient for which we are very thankful. This is my way of giving back.
Florence Griswold Museum - Every year the museum, which is the home of American Impressionism, has a gala benefit evening which includes an auction. Last year through the auction sale of my painting I was able to contribute $1000 to the museum. The Flo Gris is my local museum and a place that I love for all its beauty and the wonderful and creative exhibits and initiatives that go on there throughout the year.
The may be other auctions I donate to on a case by case basis and the best way to stay apprised of what I have on the auction block is to regularly check out the News-Events-Classes section of my website or by "Liking" my Official Facebook Page