Anything Goes was a big night for the Visual Arts Centre

The Visual Arts Centre’s annual Anything Goes fine art auction last Friday was a major success as it raised $4,600 for the upcoming exhibition season. Please click on the image to see a larger version of this photo. David F. Rooney photo

By David F. Rooney

The Visual Arts Centre’s annual Anything Goes art exhibition and auction was a major success last Friday as it brought in $4,600 for the upcoming exhibition season.

“The night was a booming success with the tickets sold out on Friday evening and the gallery at capacity,” Visual Arts Centre Executive Director Victoria Strange said.

“Cat Mather’s artwork Shiny won Best in Show and was auctioned live, fetching a top bid of $225. Two raffle baskets were given away to lucky winners, along with a $100 gift certificate towards art classes at the Centre.

“In the silent auction, top bids of $215 were placed for three artworks: Peter Blackmore’s Bird Houses; Zuzana Riha’s Owl of You; and Andrew Stacey’s Mermoculator.”

The main gallery and its attendant side galleries were packed with patrons who delightedly paced from artwork to artwork and guessed at who created what.

Anything Goes is almost always a major event at The Centre and this one was no different. There was plenty of food and drink and lots of opportunities to visit with friends and neighbours.

Here are some images from the fund-raiser that I hope you’ll enjoy:

These ladies were feeling lucky as they entered the draw for baskets of art supplies. David F. Rooney photo

There was plenty of food for those who wanted a bite while they browsed through the art. David F. Rooney photo

Krista Stovel (left) and Visual Arts Centre Executive Director Victoria Strange had a lot of fun conducting the live auction of Cat Mather’s beautiful raku, Shiny. That’s it hanging between them. David F. Rooney photo

This ceramic of a fantasy garden drew a lot of attention. David F. Rooney photo

This installation was a surprise as you could not open it until it was purchased. David F. Rooney photo

This attractive artwork was froth of red mesh with a decidedly Saint Valentine’s Day appearance. David F. Rooney photo

Three guesses as to the clever artist who created this work of mechanical art. David F. Rooney photo

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