December 19, 2014

Art center auction to raise money for programs, art camps

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STANDISH — The 29th annual Northeast Michigan Art Council fundraising auction is being held at the art center in Standish April 12, with funds from the sale going toward entertainment and educational programs held at the center.

Art Council Director Gail Schmidt said the auction typically raises between $8,000 and $10,000.

“The money goes for our programming, and it also helps to fund our youth fine arts program that we hold in the summer,” she said. “We don’t charge a lot in tuition for the families, because some of them have four or five children that come, so this helps to subsidize that.”

Around 100 people usually participate in the auction, Schmidt said.

“Sometimes there are people just going by on the highway and they see our sign and pull in,” she said.

Schmidt said 10 tables full of merchandise will be set up at the art center for the auction and several big-ticket items, such as oak chairs, a lighted hutch and an oak grandmother clock, will be on the stage.

Items can be viewed prior to the auction starting. Schmidt said the auction starts at 10 a.m., but the doors open at 9 a.m. so bidders can check out the items on the block. Some of the smaller donated items include golf packages, model cars, dolls and yard and garden items, according to Schmidt.

The auction typically lasts five hours, Schmidt said. Bidders have to register prior to making a purchase. Schmidt said Richard Martin, of Chesaning, is the auctioneer for the event and keeps the crowd entertained.

“The auctioneer cracks jokes, and it’s really just a lot of camaraderie and fun,” she said. “People really enjoy our auction. Some people come and they don’t buy a thing, they just enjoy watching our auction.”

For more information, contact Schmidt at 989-846-9331.

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