November Pastures- 10" x 11"- Oil by Greg Newbold.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it is the main fundraiser for Art Access whose mission is to provide inclusive arts experiences for disabled individuals. Each 10" x 11" plate has two holes at the top, mimicking the registration holes of original metal printing plates that were used when the show was first envisioned. Since the metal plates are no longer available, today's plates are cut from masonite and drilled to match. The auction is laid out in rows with prices starting at $85 and increasing by $1 increments up to $365. About twenty pieces of exceptional quality are set aside for the silent auction and those go for well above the regular prices. Attendees buy a wristband to the gala, which includes a catered dinner, and wristband colors are drawn out by groups to see who gets first opportunity to buy. It's not really a bidding war for the most part (aside from the silent auction pieces) but more a first come first served sale. The luck of the draw aspect is what makes it fun. You don't know what you will have the chance to buy and the best pieces go quickly.
Last year, my piece sold in the silent auction for well above the regular auction rates. I am hoping to have one of my two pieces selected for this honor again. Proceeds of the sales go to fund the Art Access programs for the coming year.