Saturday, February 13, 1999

"Art From the Heart" Art Auction 2/1999

"Art From the Heart" Art Auction at Sonoma State University Art Gallery
Saturday, February 13, 1999, marks the date for the fifteenth annual "Art from the Heart" silent art auction and party at the Sonoma State University Art Gallery, from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the auction, now one of the longest-running fundraising events in the region, directly benefit the art gallery's exhibition, publication, and lecture programs. 

Each year, hundreds of art lovers gather at the Art Gallery to view and bid on works of art created especially for this auction, as well as bottles of wine, stays at inns and hotels, and other items generously donated by local merchants. 

This year more than 150 artists from the North Bay and across the country have donated original works of art, including Seyed Alavi, Chester Arnold, Ray Beldner, Rebecca Bollinger, Pegan Brooke, Poe Dismuke, Chris Finley, Cynthia Hipkiss, Charles Hobson, Maureen Hurley, Tony King, Hung Liu, Robert McCauley, Yoshitomo Saito, JoeSam, Sylvia Seventy, Steven Sorman, Marg Starbuck, Jack Stuppin, and John Watrous.

Further support for the auction comes from Benzinger Vineyards, Carneros Creek Winery, Cinnabar Theater, Cline Cellars, Clos Pegase, Copperfield's of Petaluma, Geyser Peak Winery, Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, Kenwood Vineyards, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Landmark Vineyards, Out to Lunch Catering, Quicksilver Mine Company, Rosemarie's Massage Center, See's Candies, Sonoma Creek Winery, Sonoma Valley Inn, Wolf Coffee Company, and ZD Wines.

Delicious food and wine will be served, and a $5 donation is suggested at the door. For more information, please call the Sonoma State University Art Gallery at (707) 664-2295.

Here's a link to the 2009 SSU auction. It's the 25th year! Wow.

If you change the date, the link will take you to that year's archived web page. (2001 is as far back as it goes). Someday I'll scan the invites.

NOTE BENE: Finding this press release/flyer from 10 years ago was a blast from the past! I've participated in every "Art from the Heart" art auction since its inception ca. 1984—I think I only missed one year. 

My work always sells well. I think that during the quarter of a century I've participated in this art auction—only 5 pieces didn't sell. It's an odd way to get your work out into the public. But it's pretty much my only venue as I don't show or sell my work in galleries. I'm from the "Paint what you like and die happy" school.

My name isn't on some of the SSU invitations as I was always last minute in getting my work in (some things never change). Besides, it's hard to get enthusiastic over making valentines in December. Try it sometime.

In scanning the participating artist names, I realized that, at the time, I didn't even know who Oakland's Chinese artist Hung Liu was. I used a lot of her work and the KQED-SPARK artist interview DVD for my art residency at Cleveland Elementary School in Oakland. 

More connections: I went to high school with Poe Dismuke—Jeanette's twin brother. Chester Arnold was in my painting class at College of Marin with Marty Stoelzel, as was JoeSam—who later moved to Forest Knolls—where I grew up. 

I used to give Chester rides home from Marty's painting class—he lived at the top of Wolfe Grade in San Rafael. Completely out of my way. But Chester was—er, maddeningly Chester. I had a car, he needed a ride. Ergo, we went. No use arguing with that.

SF Gate review on Chester with a painting of his old Marin studio.

Tony King and Jack Stuppin (along with Bill Wheeler, and Bill Moorehouse) are part of the Sonoma County plein aire painters group I interviewed and wrote reviews for The California Museum of Art in Santa Rosa, that appeared in The Western Sonoma County Paper during the 1980s and 1990s.

My College of Marin art teacher, Marty Stoelzel & Frederick, ca. 1989. Marty always did like blondes.
NB2: According to this kooky website, (where I got the photo from), Marty Stoelzel died about 15 years ago—an amazing (if, nutty) man. I learned more about the nuts and bolts of painting and drawing from Marty in junior college than from any art teachers in the CSU college system (SF & SSU). Don't even get me started on Bob Bechtle! (Though I very much liked the SPARK artist interview—it did wonders repatriating me to his work).

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