Art auction draws in success

Jocelyn Turner
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Lisa Remington (right) and Colleen Gainhan admire some of the artwork that was up for bids during the Autumn House Art Draw held at the Wandlyn Inn on Saturday. All proceeds from the event went to the women’s shelter. 

AMHERST – There were some very happy art lovers over the weekend at the Wandlyn Inn for the Autumn House Art Draw auction.

The event, an annual fundraiser for the shelter, saw great success. The shelter’s executive director, Terry Cove, said the event was sold out.

“We don’t have all the figures in but it does look like we surpassed last year’s total,” she said.

Last year, the fundraiser brought in over $10,000.

There was something for everyone with crafts varying from acrylics, painted seascapes and even a hand-painted silk painting. Some of the paintings donated to the event for auctioning sold for $800 while others went for $300 and $400.

“We had 63 pieces of art that we auctioned and we gave away 26 pieces,” Cove added.

The money raised from the event goes directly to the shelter. Cove said they are going to hold a meeting next week to determine which programs will receive some of the profits from the event.

“There are lots of areas of need,” she said. “There are outreach services and expansion for our children services which are some (projects) that we’ve talked about. There’s no lack of places to put the dollars.”

Cove said the response from the community for their event was overwhelming.

“We’d like to express our gratitude to the First Baptist Church, our sponsors and the staff at the Wandlyn,” said Cove.

With the auction over, Cove said she is grateful to everyone who came out to show their support for the shelter.

Organizations: Wandlyn Inn, Autumn House Art Draw, First Baptist Church

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