Sisterhoods 39th annual Gala Art Auction and Exhibit


Sisterhood’s 39th annual Gala Art Auction and Exhibit

January 23, 2017

Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood’s art gala enables community to purchase fine art, benefit community

Elaine Brackin

Jan 12, 2017

The Myer Blumberg Social Hall of Temple Emanu-El, 188 N. Park Avenue in Dothan, will be filled with beautiful works of art Saturday, Jan. 21. It will also be filled with eager art enthusiasts looking to either start a collection or add to an existing collection.

This year marks the 39th year the Temple’s Sisterhood has hosted the Gala Art Auction and Exhibit. Tickets are $10 per person. A portion of the proceeds will be distributed to local charities. For their $10 participants will be treated to a reception, beginning at 6 p.m., featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres (salty, savory and sweet) as well as champagne or punch. While sampling the hors d’oeuvres, the participants will have the opportunity to see a preview of the works of art that will be up for bid.

The art auction will be conducted by a crowd favorite, Eric Steiner, of State of the Art.

“Eric Steiner does a wonderful job,” said Suzanne Geiger, publicity chair for the event. “He knows all of the information about the works of art. Whether a person is a newcomer or a veteran, they will feel at ease at the auction. They will understand what to do, because Eric is just that good.”

Geiger says the preview is the perfect time for art enthusiasts to see what is available.

“During the preview, the participants can put a card on a piece that they want to bid on,” she said. “Not every piece of art that is brought to the auction is put up for bid. But putting a card on a piece will help get it into the auction. A program for the auction also has every piece of art listed.”

The actual auction starts at 7 p.m. Purchasing a piece of art during this event comes with another benefit.

“All of the art is framed and ready to go,” Geiger said. “The art company can put the mountings on the works of art Saturday night or Sunday for no charge.”

For those who cannot attend the Gala Art Auction on Saturday, never fear. There will be another chance to make a purchase. It will come on Sunday, Jan. 22, during the “Take a Second Look” event, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Coffee, bagels and juice will be served while participants take a look at the works of art available for purchase.

“The event is entertaining and very educational,” Geiger said. “The people who attend learn a lot about art. We have people who come every year to add to their collections.”

Geiger says the art gala will feature several hundred pieces of art, including lithographs, engravings, etchings, water colors, silk screenings and Giclee prints. Some art work may be prints from special groupings that were mass-produced and actually signed by the artist. Others will feature a plate signature.

She also noted that the price of the art work is very reasonable. “Many pieces open for bidding at prices as low as $50 to $250,” Geiger said. “State of the Art supplies a varied collection of artists and styles with such masters as Picasso, Dali, Chagall, Miro, Delacroix and contemporary art from artists such as Rockwell, Behrens, Sargon, Patricia and Boulanger.”

Because State of the Art conducts 150 or more such events each year, Geiger says they are able to purchase editions directly from an artist or publisher. “This allows them to buy at better prices and pass the savings to the art customer,” she added.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Temple Emanu-El, 792-5001, or at the door.

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