Record-breaking auction at art centre

On Nov. 15, the Macdonald Stewart Art Cen­tre’s annual Beyond the Frame art auction achieved a record profit of $55,000.

Judith Nasby said, “It is in­spiring to see such a wonderful response from the community in support of the art centre.

“The profit we received from this event will go towards the art centre’s educational program­s, exhibitions, and the collection. In addition to the total profit we achieved, we are very grateful to the many corporate support­ers who donated their services, which combined, total in value more than $15,000.”

Auctioneer Jay Mandarino sold 45 art works in the live auc­tion and 20 silent auction items that were donated by sen­ior art students from Cen­tennial CVI and St. James Catholic High School.

The sold-out event attracted a record crowd of more than 200 people.

The five top sellers were:

–  A gouache, linen and hand­made paper work, by Guelph’s Cheryl Ruddock, sold for $2,600;

– An ink transfer work on paper, by Guelph artist Martin Pearce, for $1,900;

–  An acrylic painting by Guelph artist Margaret Peter, for $1,800;

– An etching and chine collé work by Elora artist John Kissick, for $1,800; and

–  An oil-on-canvas painting by University of Guelph Master of Fine Art graduate Martin Golland, sold for $1,700.

In addition to the contri­bu­tions made by artists, volun­teers, and buyers, over 35 cor­porate sponsors supported the fundraiser.