- 10 Sun Feb 2013
Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction
Sixty Florida Keys artists are to exhibit and auction their work
Sixty Florida Keys artists are to exhibit and auction their work at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Anne McKee Artists Fund fine art auction. Staged at the Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval St. in Key West’s historic Old Town, the annual auction raises money for project-based grants to members of the Keys arts community.
Attendees can bid on original paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber art, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry and more, guided by New England auctioneer Charlie Bailey-Gates. The evening’s program also features a tribute to acclaimed Keys artist Jim Salem.
Other attractions include cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and champagne on the spacious grounds of the Oldest House, a dwelling that dates back to approximately 1829 and is acclaimed as the oldest in South Florida. Attendees also can purchase tickets to win a two-night stay at the Lower Keys’s exclusive Little Palm Island resort.
Potential purchasers can preview the featured artwork from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9, at the Key West Woman’s Club, 319 Duval St. A preview party is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the club, where attendees can meet recipients of the McKee Fund’s 2012 arts grants and the artists who donated work to the 2013 auction.
Each donor artist receives 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his or her work, while the McKee organization receives the remainder to support its annual grants. Named for founder Anne McKee, the not-for-profit fund has awarded more than $180,000 since 1994 to support projects by Keys visual, literary and performing artists and young emerging talents.
Tickets for the auction are $30 per person and are to be available at the door or in advance at www.keystix.com.
Event information: www.mckeefund.org