Eighteen years in the making, the All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation hosted this year’s Artists’ Pin Auction; this year’s title: Pins, Pots & Possibilities. A flurry of silent auction bids and even a live auction for heavily-decorated heart-shaped structures took place; all a first-time experience for me. Come inside as I give you a quick tour of the festivities that took place in my university backyard.
Behold, the stars of the show! Each heart structure was decorated from scratch by artists of different pasts. Most notably, “Peace and Love” by Beth & Ivy Johnson struck me as having the most endearing back story – mother and daughter working on the art piece, all while the mother was going through the stage of cancer discovery and treatment. Fortunately, she made it through, and the end result of the piece they worked on together made it even more special.
Each heart piece was live-auctioned off at anywhere from $5000 to $6,000. Amazing!
The highlight of the show had to have been the activity around the silent auction tables. While perusing the donation pieces and contemplating when to put a name and auction amount down on paper for a favored piece, one can sample some red & white wine and munch on small appetizers . Some of the pieces had simplistic beauty while others were just outright gorgeous. I had a feeling that if I participated, my competitive nature would get the best of me and I’d pay way more than I’d originally expect.
Waiting for the next wave of auctioneers or simply just want to enjoy the ambiance of Fullerton Museum Plaza’s outdoor festivities? You would have been in luck if you also like live jazz music! Unfortunately, the band only stayed for the first half of the event, but the music they played during that short time sure was soothing and great to listen to, whether as background music to the silent auction chatter or as up-front entertainment for those resting in the audience
All in all, I had a great time seeing so many donated art pieces, of which all proceeds went to benefit a wonderful foundation. My thanks extend to Karlet Reyes and Anghel Paras for allowing Wynston, JD, Gian, and myself to capture some of the evening’s memories and festivities. I’m definitely looking forward to having some of my own prints donated for kids next year.
More photos of the event at my flickr page here.