Spectrum Art Gallery's annual print auction serves two functions. The auction is the nonprofit photography gallery's major fundraiser of the year. But unlike most fundraisers for other organizations, which revolve around parties or special events, the auction is also a major art exhibition on its own. Here's a rundown:
The exhibition: It's been up all month at Spectrum, located at 608 E. Olive Ave., and you'll have a chance to view it through Saturday. It includes donated works from about 100 artists, including many Spectrum members.
Big names: The gallery has received donated works from illustrious photographers recognized regionally and nationally. Many are well-published and sought after by collectors, such as David Ashcraft, Charles Cramer, Carolyn DeAnda, James Doukas, Charles Farmer, Richard Garrod, David Hoffman, Jonathan Mathis, Paul Mullins, Margaretta K. Mitchell, Maxine Olson, Rick Preston, Merg Ross and Judy Yemma.
The auction: The event begins 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First St.
The ambience: Those attending will be offered a "lavish spread" of food and drink while perusing the auction offerings as a string quartet plays. At 5, the auction begins.
The prizes: Door prizes will be offered along with random drawings for two handmade quilts, a project including the work of Sally Stallings, Bobbie Smetherman and more than 30 Spectrum members.
What people can expect: "A vibrant, rewarding event," says event chair Cynthia Cooper, "where everyone has the opportunity of leaving with a treasure."
Details: spectrumphotogallery.org, (559) 266-0691.
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