Monday, September 3, 2012

Camp Rehoboth Twenty-fifth Sundance Auction

Once again Joe and I were Sundance slaves this past week. ☺

Every year since we retired we spend the week before the auction and dance turning the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center into one massive stage set designed by Murray Archibald to sell gifted merchandise, furniture, dinners, cruise and other vacations, and art of all kinds. During the Auction there is a cocktail buffet and open bar with silent auction followed by live auction. We worked yearly on several different art auctions in Lancaster, Pennsylvania before we retired. However nothing compared in scale to the Camp Rehoboth Sundance Art Auction. This year, the 25th year of the Art Auction Murray’s design is better than ever.

I always put an artwork in the auction that sells under value, but it is all in a good cause for the LGBT community of Rehoboth Beach, one of the best places in the country in which to retire whether a member of our community or any other. In fact, it is primarily due to Camp Rehoboth and its founders, Steve Elkins and Murray Archibald that Rehoboth Beach is one of the most diverse and friendly TO ALL vacation (as well as year round) communities in the country. This year I had two works in the Art Auction.

The first, a pastel, “Broadkill River #2 (2008), 24” x 40,” and the second, a digital photographic montage of mixed media work and my photos titled “Romance of the Tropics #8,” winner of a judges Recognition Award in the Arts United 2010 exhibit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and exhibited in the retrospective of those exhibits this past spring in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

These artworks were among hundreds of other items at the auction, and I include a short video taken with my iPod the night of the auction.

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