November 10, 2010
For all art lovers out there who have been searching for that perfect piece to top off your decorating, there is good news. The Oklahoma Baptist University Art Club is announcing their annual Art Auction beginning Nov. 17. Not to be confused with the Paint-a-Thon held in the spring semester, this auction sells high quality pieces created by art majors and faculty on campus.
The auction will be held downstairs in the Geiger Center and begins at 7 p.m., but pieces will be available to view starting as early as 6:30 p.m. -- providing the opportunity for students to decide which pieces they wish bid on. The auction will display pieces such as ceramics, paintings, photographs and drawings from both students and faculty who have contributed their work for the worthy cause.
The money from the auction is set to benefit one of three chosen charities: Hope to Offer, Project Safe or Good Shepherd Chapel. Today in the Geiger Center, students and faculty can vote on one of the three charities for the proceeds of the art auction to benefit.
Junior Art major Aaron Morvan said, “I think this [voting] will make students more aware that there is an auction, and let students invest into the auction.” Morvan said he is hoping that since people know and vote on where the money goes, they will be more likely to participate in the auction by buying an item. While he does admit the bidding for many pieces can get high, he said the quality of work is worth it. Morvan said, “The auction is pretty entertaining, even if you don’t buy anything.”
Dr. David Byland is the auctioneer who will be providing the entertainment for the evening, as well as auctioning off the art. In the past, students have been very competitive in the auction, and Morvan said he expects it to happen again.
“It is funny to watch rivalries unfold and see the breaking point of some people,” Morvan said. Punch and cookies will be provided, and there will be a silent auction for those who may not want to participate in the auction or who do not feel they have money to afford some of the more expensive pieces.
“Every once in a while, you can get a quality piece for a bargain,” Morvan said.
He encourages students to come out and see the work of their fellow classmates.
Junior Youth Ministry major David Bentley said, “I’m excited to see what paintings might fit well on my barren apartment walls.” Senior Anthropology major Sarah Disch said, “It’s great that they are showcasing students’ creativity for a good cause.”
Disch also said that it sounds like a well-organized event, and she is looking forward to seeing the art her fellow peers have created. The Art Club invites students and faculty to come out and support their work for the winning charity. There may even be a Christmas present for someone hanging out for a bid.