Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Salmagundi Club Spring Art Auction '09

I recently had the privilege of participating in the Salmagundi Club's Annual Spring Art Auction held over the past three weekends in March. I had two pieces in the show (one drawing pictured above) Westcott Street Model. While both pieces sold, the club was not immune to the current economic conditions that we are all facing. Artists could donate up to three pieces for the auction and 50 percent of the proceeds raised were given to the club. Sales were down for the event while bidders held onto their money and attendance was moderate.

Most artwork sold in the range of only a few hundred dollars which was a noticeable decrease of nearly 50 percent compared to the past few years. Although sales slumped it was still a great opportunity to meet art buyers and artists alike while drinking some good wine. One goal of the club as of late is to find ways of encouraging growth and new membership. Being a newly elected member of the Salmagundi Club's public relations committee we will be agressively persuing new members and moreover participation in the upcoming months through updating email listings, contacting various artistic organizations, and seeking cross-promotional opportunities.

Billy Seccombe

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