Looking Forward to the Annual Temple Sisterhood Art Auction

Looking Forward to the Annual Temple Sisterhood Art Auction

January 14, 2011

(Published 1/14/11 in The Dothan Eagle Newspaper)

Where can you go to receive an education in art appreciation, purchase quality art and enjoy socializing with friends and neighbors over a heavenly dessert table ?

If you attend Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s Annual Art Auction on Saturday, Jan. 22, you can do all of that and more and not even leave Dothan. A preview of the art work to be auctioned begins at 6 p.m. The auction begins at 7 p.m.

“You will have an evening of fun and meet new people while enjoying the art,” said Kay Podem, publicity chair for the event. “This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase quality art at a local event.”

And, Podem noted, auctioneer Eric Steiner of State of the Art is a crowd favorite.

“He’s very educational. He provides wonderful information about the art and the artist,” Podem said. “In addition, he always introduces us to new artists each year.”

During the preview, guests will be provided a catalog listing art available during the auction.

“The preview is a great opportunity for our guests to pick out the pieces of art that they would like to bid on,” Podem said. “At the same time, they can enjoy champagne or punch and the hors d’oeuvres and desserts.”

The Temple Sisterhood has sponsored the art auction for more than 30 years. During that time, numerous nonprofit agencies have benefited from a portion of the proceeds.

Recipients change from year to year. In 2010, the Temple Sisterhood donated money to House of Ruth, Wiregrass Humane Society, Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank, Houston-Love Memorial Library, Wiregrass Hospice, Wiregrass United Way 211 and Vaughn-Blumberg Services.

While the Temple Sisterhood sponsors the art auction, Podem says the temple’s youth group and other members pitch in to help with the event.

For those who can’t attend the art auction, the Temple Sisterhood hosts a Take a Second Look event on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They even serve bagels and coffee.

“This event is very casual, very low key,” Podem said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to come in and browse … Because of its casual nature, our guests have the opportunity to have some one-on-one time with the auctioneer.”

By attending the art auction or the “second chance,” Podem said guests will have a unique opportunity to either start a collection of art or to add to an existing collection. Some of the artists whose works will be in the art auction include Agam, Kinkade, Scott, Dali, Erte, Rockwell, Chagall, Neiman, Raad, Ebgi, Miro, Delacroix, Behrens, McKnight, Vasarely and Picasso.

“The art comes already matted and framed,” Podem said. “The buyer does not have to bother with having it done later.”


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