Columbus State University’s annual Alumni Association art auction is “different for Columbus,” says art auction chair Jane Spettel.
“It’s not just the same things,” said Spettel, who is also on the alumni association board. “It’s a little bit of quality.”
This year’s auction will feature between 150 and 175 pieces of art provided by the New York-based company Marlin Art, including lithographs, oil and acrylic paintings and framed sports memorabilia. The works can be previewed in the Cunningham Center conference room for an hour before the auction begins. All of the art is framed and ready for displaying.
“You can walk out with it and hang it in your home,” she said.
She said many people return to the auction year after year and are familiar with the different artists’ work.
But for first-time buyers, Spettel has a few tips for navigating the auction.
“Come in and walk the room to see if something really reaches out to you. Look for something you particularly like,” she said, adding that she usually looks for something “cute and whimsical” for her office.
All participants are given a program, with listings of the art by the number it will be called at auction. Come to the auction with an idea of how much you are prepared to spend, she said, and if you find a piece you like during the preview, ask the auctioneer about the beginning bid price. This also gives the auctioneer an idea of how many buyers are interested in a particular work, she said.
Even if you don’t purchase any art, Spettel said viewing the art and watching the auctioneer at work is a fun experience.
“I was overwhelmed by how it moved,” she said of her first auction. “He talks so fast and will engage the audience.”
Entrance to the auction is $15. Works can be previewed starting at 7 p.m. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The auction will begin at 8 p.m. and run until all the pieces are sold. All proceeds from the auction will go to alumni association for student scholarships.
Sara Pauff, reporter, can be reached at 706-320-4469.