The Mulvane Art Museum is hosting an online art auction this week with bids for submitted artwork closing this Friday, June 4 at 8 p.m.
Replacing the Summer Art Fair hosted by the Mulvane Art Museum, the art auction will feature the work of artists from the local community and other parts of the United States who have close ties to the museum.
Artists like Barbara Waterman-Peters donated their recent works to the auction to help support the museum.
“It creates something unique,” Waterman-Peters said. “I think that’s it, the whole process and the privilege of being able to do something that I love. Not many people can do that. “
Connie Gibbons, director of the Mulvane Art Museum, said the auction was held to help raise funds for the museum, as a large portion of its running costs are covered by the art fair held each year.
“Usually we raise around $ 40,000 a year from the art fair,” Gibbons said. “We lost two years in a row that was canceled. So it’s almost $ 100,000. We’re starting to feel it because we don’t have a huge budget, we don’t have a huge staff and it really does impact our ability to deliver programs.
Most of the artwork that was submitted for auction was generously donated by the artists, with most donating 100% of the proceeds to the Mulvane Art Museum.
One of the artists, Becky Drager, recently donated her work to the university: a very realistic portrayal of Washburn president Jerry Farley. It is currently on display at Memorial Union in Washburn and although it is not offered for sale as part of the auction, attendees can still donate the artwork.
“She’s done a whole bunch of influencer paintings in Topeka over the past year and one of the last she did for that series was Dr. Farley’s,” Gibbons said. “It’s a really great painting. He really captures the character of Dr Farley.
Drager said she considers it an honor to see some of her works on display in Washburn and to contribute to the art auction.
“I think somewhere like April it was time to decide which painting I was going to donate and I decided to donate Dr Farley’s portrait to the art show,” Drager said. “Then they came back with the idea of taking Dr Farley’s portrait and making it part of the Mulvane art collection.”
Waterman-Peters’ artwork, “Lilies,” is one of the paintings currently up for auction on the Mulvane Art Museum website. She said she loved the process of creating a painting and seeing it come to life.
She shared an experience she had that gave her inspiration for her work.
“The other day at the opening of the Symphony in the Flint Hills show, all the performers received a small potted flower as a thank you,” said Waterman-Peters. “Well, I assumed it wasn’t going to last very long. So I took it home and took pictures from different angles and different lights. I am doing a painting that gives these flowers, these things that were alive, gave the world their beauty, which gives them a second life. It gives them a bit of immortality.
Currently, you can view the works of art for auction online here or visit the Rita Blitt Gallery at the White Concert Hall on the Washburn campus to see them in person. You can also place bids for the artwork by downloading an app called Greater Giving.
For more information on the current art auction and to see which artists have submitted works, click here.
“For a relatively small investment, not a lot of money, you can own an original piece of art and that will support artists,” Gibbons said.
Edited by: Madison Dean