Hamilton Folk Art Auction is back with in-person viewing and online bidding

By Amy Kounakis

Published on March 21, 2022 at 12:24 p.m.

The Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA) is once again welcoming people to its premises as it prepares for its 51st annual art auction.

On Monday, March 21, the DVSA announced that ahead of the auction, which will be held virtually, art lovers will be able to view the pieces up for grabs in person at school.

“This is how the artwork is meant to be seen,” Keir Overton, DVSA’s director of marketing, events and digital strategy, said in a press release.

“While last year’s fully online event was a huge success for us, we know that bidders missed out on the experience of making a personal connection to the artwork and being able to view it. exhibited throughout the school.

Over 1,200 works of art in all styles and price ranges will be available for viewing and auction, including featured works by leading regional artists such as E. Robert Ross, Eric Ranveau, Julia Veenstra, Emma Smith, Peter Fischer, Laurie Wonfor Nolan, Jody Joseph and Susan Outlaw among others.

Auctioned pieces will be available for viewing and auctioning online beginning April 4 and in-person viewing will begin at DVSA on April 6.

The auction is DVSA’s largest fundraiser, with funds split between the artists and the school.

“We have had to continually adapt and pivot for this event to come together over the past two years,” said Claire Loughheed, Executive Director of Dundas Valley School of Art.

“And while auctioning artworks contributes significantly to the sustainability of the school, providing financial support to hundreds of regional artists is also an extremely important part of our mandate.

This year’s event will be particularly poignant as organizers seek to honor the contributions and life of Hamilton artist and DVSA instructor Catherine Gibbon, who died in 2021.

Online bidding for featured artwork closes at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Online bidding on all other artwork at auction closes in three blocks (8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.) on Saturday, April 9.

More information about the DVSA and its 51st Annual Art Auction can be found on the school’s website website.

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