Bank of Utica
Empire Recycling Corporation
C. Lewis Tomaselli Architects
Coldwell Banker Faith Properties, Inc.
Daniel J. Hebert, Attorney at Law
Dean L. Gordon, Attorney at Law
Fillable Form Designs
Fountainhead Group, Inc.
JAY-K Independent Lumber
Strategic Financial Services
Vincent J. Gilroy, Jr., CPA
On Saturday, October 1st, Sculpture Space will be hosted its 27th Annual CHAIRity Art Auction at the Sculpture Space Studio, 12 Gates Street, in Utica’s historic Brewery District. This special evening featured original works of art and functional objects created by national, international, regional and local artists, presented in both live and silent art auctions. This event was one the most successful auctions in Sculpture Spaces 40 year history.
Many of the contributing artists were alumni of Sculpture Space’s internationally recognized artist-in-residency program. Since 1976, Sculpture Space has hosted over 520 visiting artists from 29 countries and 29 states that are as nearby as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and as far away as Japan, Iran, Australia and China. Artists are invited to come and live in Utica for two months and create new work, explore novel techniques and materials and engage with artists from other states and countries, In turn, local and regional residents, business owners, artists and art lovers not only connects with these artists to gain insight into their creative process and inspiration, but also share their unique and global perspectives. When these artists return home, they become informal ambassadors; work created while in residence in Utica is subsequently exhibited in galleries, museums and sculpture parks around the world.
The live auction will included a wide variety including decorative sculpture, paintings, lamps, furniture, jewelry, and ceramics donated by international and local artists and artisans. The always-anticipated Earth Day collection, created from repurposed materials donated by Empire Recycling, will also be available for auction. To ensure CHAIRity remains a something-for-everyone affair, the silent auction also featured smaller works of art, handmade items, gift certificates, travel opportunities including a 3-day stay at Rocky Point in Inlet, and other contributions from local businesses and supporters.
Silent auction and live auction preview was held from 4:30pm to 6:15pm, along with a cash bar, live music by Tao of the Squirrel and Soup Bone Charley. The live auction, presented by Bernie Brzostek, started at 6:15pm.
Ticket prices were $50 for general admission. Patron tickets were $100 each, which included 1 admission ticket, a listing in the 27th Annual Patron’s Page and open bar for the evening.
Support for Sculpture Space programs is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Central New York Arts Council, and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.