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Ships Company gears up for major annual fundraiser

Anticipation.

In a word, that is how Rena Kossatz explained the success of the annual art auction that has become one of Ships Company Theatres major fundraisers after only four years.

Anticipation.

In a word, that is how Rena Kossatz explained the success of the annual art auction that has become one of Ships Company Theatres major fundraisers after only four years.

People are pleased to think they will see new works, and pleased to think they may have the opportunity to acquire new work, and, I think, pleased knowing theyre supporting both the artist and the theatre, said Kossatz, the companys graphic designer and one of many employees working on the event.

This years art auction will take place at the theatre on Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 2 p.m., and featuring the entertaining Peter Hoar as auctioneer.

Participating artists this year will include faithful contributors such as Joy Laking, Gerry and Sharon Allaby, Krista Wells, Krista Levy, Heather Lawson, Taylor Redmond and Sarah Bonnyman, as well as new contributors such as Laurie Gunn, Danielle Sawata and Ben McLellan.

Others may be added as the event draws nearer, according to Kossatz, who added that young artists have also been invited to participate as a new feature to this years auction.

There is endless room for (the auction) to grow, she said. There is so much talent and, as people learn of it, individuals who donate feel gratified knowing they are giving something to the theatre. Not every donation we receive is monetary.

Artists wishing to donate work for the auction are welcome to call the theatre at 254-2003.

All the works so far planned to be included in the auction are displayed on the Ships Company website at www.shipscompany.com, with links to the artists own sites.

Its also a nice opportunity for the artists, who are welcome to be present, said Kossatz. I think one of the things that is so appealing about it is the connection between the artist and the community.

Organizations: Ships Company Theatres

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