Sunday, February 21, 2010

Animal Art

I added a painting to my collection of animal art last night. No, these aren't painting OF animals, rather these are paintings made BY animals. I went to the Seneca Park Zoo annual Art Expo and had a great time, as usual. I met up with my friend Kim and her husband this year. It was a great event. Not wanting to chance my luck at the raffle and silent auction, I bought a painting outright. It's a good thing I did too or I would have come out empty handed. I decided not to purchase any raffle tickets this year, but did bid on a few of the silent auction pieces. I had given up on all but two, but then was outbid on both. The prices were getting a bit steep-so I bowed out. The place was packed and I'm sure the event made a lot of money. They had appetizers: cheese, pepperoni, crackers, check mix, Swedish Meatballs (which were FANTASTIC!) and little hot dogs in sauce. This year you had to pay for all beverages, but still the evening was quite a bargain (as long as you didn't get too competitive and pay a fortune for the artwork...and believe me, that's easy to do!) My ticket as a member was still only $3. In addition to the food and drink and art, we also got to meet two of the artists-Louise, a possum, and Bernie, a rouen duck. Bernie was a hoot (or should I say a quack!) the place was mobbed, but he kept trying to walk out of the quiet room he was in to check out the party. Bernie wanted to mingle and play the room! Above is the beautiful painting I bought last night and below is the artist himself, Raca. Raca is an acouchi. Isn't he cute? So now I have paintings by an acouchi, cougar, North American river otter, wolves, and an elephant!

4 comments:

Ryan said...

I was at the art expo. too. I'm glad you had a good time and grabbed a piece of art. It was certainly packed and people were buying them like hotcakes! I was also outbid on a silent auction painting. But I got a painting of one of the animals you met, Louise the opossum. I adopted her this holiday season so I'm her proud zoo parent. I also got a complimentary piece from her sister, Thelma. I debated on it, but Thelma has unfortunately passed away so it was a rare piece of art. I love your painting and the color selection. :-)

~Andrew

Katreader said...

I'm pleased you were able to get a painting by Louise-I was outbid on one of hers :( I am very pleased with Raca's painting, however. I really love this event. I only wish it wasn't so crowded, but that's good for the zoo. Congrats on being a zoo parent as well. I've considered doing it, but haven't as yet.

Ryan said...

Were you going for the one on one of the front tables...the bluish green background? I bid on the same one if so. But a woman went to the $30 bid and it was too rich for my blood.

I agree it was crowded. I was talking to the keepers about it and they said it's all they have an renting an outside place would be expensive. Crowded, but kind of makes the evening more thrilling and makes you go on impulses! But yeah it'd be nice to have more space to few all the pieces.

If only I had a lot of extra money, oh the paintings I would get!

Andrew

Katreader said...

No, I didn't have any bids on that front table. I was really trying for two purple ones on side tables-one by an ocelot and a mauvish one by Winkin, Blinkin, and Nod. They were up over $40. Others I had started bidding on were even higher. I agree, if I had more money...and wall space...