Press-Republican

Out & About

November 21, 2013

Art for a song

PLATTSBURGH — It’s time again for bidders to queue up for the SUNY Art Department’s Biennial Silent Student Art Auction today.

“The very first year we did this was 2002, and that was a response to 9/11,” said Diane Fine, a professor of art at the college. 

“It was the first time we raised money for artists that had been displaced and directly impacted by the attacks. We have done it every other year since then.”

The auction features unframed works made by students. The event was planned by Cheyenne DeMarco, Courtney Farrell, Emma Huneck, Rachele Holt and Kelly Schoonbeck.

“It’s just student artwork,” Fine said. “It’s very simple, just cleanly and neatly displayed. Bidding starts at $5. It takes place for an hour and a half. The thing that is so nice, it’s really nice to see people shop for original artwork they can afford.”

The auction also features a raffle of intaglio prints by Charles Atwood King and Karen Lamite King.

“So many of us go into galleries, and we cannot always afford to buy what’s on the wall,” Fine said. “The very first time, I could hear people walking away and exclaiming over their purchase. In addition to raising this money, it gives people a chance to shop for original artwork. Not many of us can do so on a regular basis because of our economic constraints.”

The event also gives students a firsthand experience of watching people appreciate and bid on their work. It prepares them for future gallery sales.

The auction is time to coincide those who are looking for something special for that special someone. Items can be purchased by cash or a check made out to the Plattsburgh College Foundation.

“They think of giving original artwork as a holiday gift,” Fine said. “The art faculty helps by encouraging their students, and Kim Hall-Stone, our secretary, helps us with a lot of the organization of it.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Steve Ouellette's Movie Reviews
Entertainment
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Entertainment Videos
Adam Levine Launches Clothing Line for Women Paul Wesley Sinks His Teeth Into Directing Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Josh Thompson Streams Album to Hook New Fans Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast ShowBiz Minute: Singer, Young, Poehler Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Nas Movie Opens Tribeca Film Festival Zooey Deschanel Adds Designing to Her Repertoire Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Hits the Big Screen Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Swift's Bus Drives Into Country Hall of Fame ShowBiz Minute: Cyrus, Walker, Combs Pedro Pascal Plays 'Game of Thrones'' Red Viper Deeley Shows Acting Chops in Hulu's 'Deadbeat' Ora Strips Efron at MTV Awards ShowBiz Minute: MTV Awards, Lopez, Royals Stars Hit Red Carpet for MTV Movie Awards Conan Backs Colbert, Hosts MTV Movie Awards
CVPH Job Opportunities