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18th Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction

If you were part of the happy crowd that packed the Cannery Galleries for the 18th Annual Faculty and Alumni Fine Art Auction, then you know what we mean when we say that this year’s auction was our biggest and best to date. But in case you couldn’t make it, hopefully this recap will encourage you to be a part of the excitement next year.

“Market and Fourth” by Jeff Merrill

“Market and Fourth” by Jeff Merrill

Our long-standing auctioneer Ron Bunn was back at his old post, keeping the bidding fast-paced and fun. Competition was high for many of the pieces, with several, such as Jeff Merrill’s “Market and Fourth,” going well above the stated value. Others stayed within range of more modest collectors, rounding out the range with something at everyone’s comfort level. Of course one of the great advantages of our auction is that all of the prices break well below those in commercial galleries, making this the greatest opportunity to grow your collection of up and coming artists, and maybe even make your play for one of the established artists you see in the galleries on the town, across the country, and even around the world. AAU’s own Carolyn Meyer had two walls of amazing works in the silent auction, and another going live. It’s great fun watching people hover around their favorite pieces, scoping out the competition, then swooping in to write down their bid. That was the scene in front of Carolyn’s great New York paintings, and likewise at Joevic Yeban’s heartbreakingly beautiful San Francisco scenes, where a final “bid-off” resulted from down-to-the-last-second competition. Lovers of cityscapes had a lot to choose from, as did landscape aficionados in general. A wide selection of still life, sculpture, jewelry, and abstract works meant there was something for everyone.

Filbert Street by Joevic Yeban

“Filbert Street” by Joevic Yeban

It’s great that so many AAU alumni come back year after year, and it’s fun to follow their progress. Xiau-Fong Wee has added another dimension to her “Concrete” series of cityscapes, keying them in bold yellows and blues, rather than last year’s black nightscapes and white dayscapes. Leo Bugel was back with three of his “Nightime Landmark” paintings, and it seems he has developed quite a following. More than one collector was on hand intent on cornering the Bugel market. And while none took all three, all contributed to some lively bidding.

If you attended this year’s auction, we offer our heartfelt thanks for helping to make it such a resounding success. And if you missed it, we hope to see you next year!