MONA Auction


The annual MONA Auction happened last weekend.
There was a vast selection of art from both well know Seattle and Valley artists to unknown local artists. The work can be a limited edition silkscreen print to a ring to a vase to a major work of art.
The event is set up in 3 separate silent auctions and the then main event. A live auction.

This year the crowd were a bit livelier, and very boisterousness. At times the level of conversation was in audible unless you were right next to each other. Lots of pretty people both young and old done up in their dress up outfits. Men in coat and ties, not really but there were a few sports jackets. Women in basic black long dress to the cutest mini’s . Wonderful people watching.

This year the mood in the Main Auction Tent was rather upbeat as small bidding ward occurred reminiscent of years gone by, when people remembered that this event was a major fundraising for a non profit and not a bargain hunter’s paradise.
This year the star item was a painting by valley star Joel Brock, that was sold out $ 20,000 plus a buyers premium. What excitement and fun. Hats off to the collector who won the painting.

A few other items generated excitement. The auction was a success and raised money for the museum. I have not heard the final number, but am so glad that WaterWorks Gallery is a small part of it all.

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About ruthoffen

Created by, Ruth Offen the founder/director of WaterWorks Gallery, a gallery opened in 1985 to showcase contemporary artists and jewellers that live and work in the Pacific Northwest. The gallery is on an San Juan Island in the Salish Sea.[ North Puget Sound] Pretty amazing place. While continuing to curate the gallery after 33 years, I'm decided to spend more time enjoying life by traveling, creating art with photography and dancing tango. Over many decades of amassing a personal art collection, now the process of downsizing is becoming a reality. How do we have more with less? Staying true to the motto, unencumbered by our possessions and not burdening our children with our stuff. This next process will take patience and courage.
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