Annual Art Auction Offers Alternative Gifts

With only six weeks until Christmas, many people have started their Christmas shopping for the holiday season. Oklahoma Baptist University's art club hopes to offer an alternative to the traditional gifts - original works of art for people to purchase for Christmas presents or for themselves.

The annual OBU art club auction will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, in the downstairs Geiger Center on campus. Viewing will begin at 6 p.m., and the auction will commence at 7 p.m.

The art auction will feature original works of art produced by OBU students and faculty. A wide variety of mediums will be available for purchase including photographs, prints, paintings, stained glass and more.

"It's a great experience for the students: they help plan and organize the event, and then everyone works together for a successful auction," said Julie Blackstone, OBU instructor of art. "Students enjoy the opportunity to see other people's enthusiasm for their artwork. For some, it's the first time they've sold a piece of artwork, and that is, indeed, a thrill."

For those unable to attend the auction, "ghost bidders" are available to bid on their behalf. People choosing to use the "ghost bidders" will need to attend the viewing time, select pieces and decide how much they would like to spend.

Funds from the art auction will be used to pay for art supplies, activities and equipment. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be given to the art club's favorite charity, Mission Shawnee.

"It's always fulfilling for students to work with local charities," said Blackstone. "It's truly rewarding to use one's skills or artistic talents to help people in need."