Roark has been serving the creative community of Los Angeles for thirty-one years.
Last year, 2009 was our most challenging year. Our commercial business which started to decline in 2008 has almost completely evaporated due to the severity of the recession. Last summer with school out of session and commercial sales in decline, we burned through our cash reserves. Since then we have struggled to buy inventory and to keep our doors open. The USC School of Architecture has extended their hand to help us by donating the use of the Verle Annis Gallery later this month so that we may hold a fundraising event.
During the weekend of February 20th & 21st, we will be conducting an event that will have three parts –
1. Live Art Auction
2. Art Raffle
3. T-Shirt Sale
The Auction will include works that have been donated by our friends – Lita Albuquerque, David Amico, Patrick Wilson, Lisa Adams, John Millei, Tim Ebner, the estate of Carlos Almaraz and many others. The Auction is intended to appeal to serious collectors.
For the Raffle, we intend to offer 100 pieces of art and sell 100 raffle tickets at $200 each. Many of the artists, who are participating in the auction, as well as our other friends, have donated work for the raffle. The key concept is that everyone who buys a ticket will leave with a piece of art that has a value in excess of the $200 raffle ticket.
The T-shirt sale is for anyone who would like to make a contribution, but can’t afford to buy a raffle ticket.
At this time when we face the real possibility of closing, our friends have stepped forward to help us. The USC School of Architecture, the Roski School of Fine Arts and many artists are all offering help – Why? I believe the reason is that we have always been there for them, that we have been more that just an art supply store. I believe that we have a reputation for being the art store that has a real passion for art and that we have provided service that goes well beyond simply selling materials. We have a reputation for being knowledgeable about art making and art materials and for thirty years we have had a well respected exhibition program. We have never accepted a single cent in commission when work has sold at Roark. Our goal has always been to support artists. It is so gratifying that in our time of need that so many artists are stepping forward to help us and saying that our store is worth saving.
So, my dear friends, I am asking for your help as well. I hope that you will be able to attend our event. The auction preview will be held on campus at USC in the art and architecture building on Saturday, February 20th. The auction and raffle will take place on Sunday, February 21st. Please save the dates, invitations and catalog information will follow.