The Los Angeles City College Art Department will hold a large silent auction and sale beginning on Saturday, February 8 in order to raise funds for its Art Scholarship program. The fundraiser became necessary with the district wide budget cuts and reduction of classes that produced many of the works that were used to raise these monies.
This fundraiser would not be possible if it were not for the generous donations from faculty, noted alumni, friends and the generous donation from art collectors Burke and Peggye Byrnes who donated their art collection to the department for whatever use would benefit the students. The auction will be in the form of a silent auction with bids from potential buyers placed onto each bid sheet with the final bid being accepted at 1:59 p.m., Saturday, March 1st. These outright donations demonstrate the commitment of the artistic community to future generations of LACC art students.
The auction will feature more than 60 works from noted artists Billy Al Bengston, Gail Brown, Yrneh Brown, Raoul De la Sota, Ricardo Duffy, Diane Gamboa, Betty Garcia, Yolanda Gonzalez, Lucy Hagopian, Karen Kitchel, Leo Limon, Jose Lopes, Jose Lozano, Isabel Martinez, Robert Oblon, Tony Ortega, Laurel Paley, Olga Ponomarenko, Miguel Angel Reyes, Reine River, Norman Schwab, Olga Seem Kooyman, Pepe Serna, Joseph Sims, Carol Steinberg, Howard Swerdloff, Eloy Tarcisio, Patssi Valdez, Sergio Vasquez, Lee Whitten, Alex Wiesenfeld and Katsu Yokoyama.
The exhibit and sales will be held at the Avenue 50 Studio Gallery, the non-profit gallery located at 131 N. Avenue 50 in Highland Park, one block north of Figueroa Street. The opening reception for artists and bids AND a special one-night sale is scheduled for Saturday, February 8 from 7 to 10. The hours of the gallery are 10 to 4, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturdays and Sunday until March 1st at 2 p.m. when the winning bids will be announced.
Contact information: Kathy Gallegos, Director, Avenue 50 Studio Gallery, 323-258-1435 or Raoul De la Sota, Profesor Emeritus at 323-255-9913.