The Big Names, Small Art Auction has come and gone! I still have the main Art Auction tomorrow, June 6th. I’ll be sure to let everyone know how that one goes, in the mean time, here is my take on the BNSA auction.
First off, thanks to all my friends and family that made the effort to not only come see the main piece hanging in the Crocker, but to those that made it out to the BNSA event! It was great to see all of you there.
For those of you that were unable to make the BNSA event, or aren’t sure what it is I’m even talking about, I had three small pieces that were auctioned off along with dozens of other items from local Sacramento artists. All of the proceeds went to funding educational programs through the Crocker.
The day of BNSA I was actually working a photo booth for Sac State’s College of Continuing Education at the Sacramento Convention Center, so I didn’t have too much time to fret or worry about how things were going to turn out. I ended up being a bit of a marketing representative and cheerleader for people getting their photos taken. There really were pom-poms at this photo booth though, check out the photos.
Pulling up to the Crocker, the fact that my art was to be auctioned off was still a bit bizarre. In fact, it still hasn’t quite set in that it happened. My family and I meandered through the main courtyard and auction tables 3 & 4, to the back courtyard and tables 1 & 2. I’m not sure if there is a hierarchy on table number, but I was on table 2. This did mean that though I had told everyone that the event went until 9pm, the table 2 auction ended around 6:45pm. Thankfully everyone that was planning on coming made it in time to see the table before bidding closed, but I get ahead of myself.
Arriving in the back courtyard I glanced at table 2 and truth be told I saw my work straight away. That’s not to say they stand out or above everything else, they actually sat quite close to the table, they were just in my direct line of sight. We had arrived slightly after the event started so I was more than pleased to find that when I looked at the bid form, I was already up to $55 when all pieces started at $25. Thus began the slight lurking of myself and my family not too far from my pieces.
As we watched, we chatted about how cool the whole event was. The atmosphere was great, the people were interesting, the weather was perfect. We always had an eye on the bid sheet though, each time we saw someone lean in, one of us would go and scout to see where the bid was at. My mother was even texting updates to her sister who was trying to bid remotely from Iowa.
Soon enough, we began to see a pattern emerge. One woman would make the rounds and bid, and shortly after a different woman would come by and one up her bid. This happened a few times before my brother went in and started chatting one of them up. It turns out that the two women are friends and started a bit of a competition to win my pieces. To say this entertained us is an understatement.
When the time came for the table 2 silent auction to end, my three pieces made it to $255 with the final bid making a $40 jump over the previous. I am certain the grin on my face was something to see. I went over to the woman who made the winning bid and introduced myself. I told her who I was, where I took the photos, that they were printed on aluminum, and learned that she is also an artist. What I cannot remember however, is her name. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but I was so excited at the time I seem to have forgotten that important detail. So, if you’re out there perhaps reading this, I would love to hear from you!
All in all, I don’t think I could have had a better experience for my first art auction. Of course I haven’t had the large auction yet, so who knows! It will be weird not having my family and friends there to hang out with and offer support, but all of you have been more than supportive already.
The last thing we did for the night was to make our way up to the 3rd floor of the Crocker and check out my Tower Bridge Lines photo. This time, the security guards informed us that on this one night only, photos could be taken of the artist next to their work, so here is my post BNSA grin next to my photo hanging in a museum that has been in Sacramento longer than the Statue of Liberty has been in NYC.