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Black tie and tennis shoe auction and studio tour

Violet Burton shows artistically-painted tennis shoes in hopes of getting a younger person to take interest during auction at tour reception. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Violet Burton shows artistically-painted tennis shoes in hopes of getting a younger person to take interest during auction at tour reception. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

A new roof on the Manley Art Center and Gallery is at least $1,000 closer to becoming a reality after Saturday’s fifth annual Art Studio Tour.

The event began with a Black Tie and Tennis Shoe reception Friday evening at the art center. Champagne, food and desserts were served prior to an auction of art created by members of the Pelican Bay Arts Association.

When an item that people wanted came up for bid, auctioneer Philip Wadsworth’s job was easy. If an item didn’t have bidder appeal, Wadsworth demonstrated his ability to beg for bids. 

Many items went for less than $20, with a couple pieces topping $100. During the auction it became a joke that people’s bid amounts were their paddle numbers. This happened several times.

 

Event Chair Violet Burton estimated about 80 tour passes were sold for the event. About 30 people attended the Friday reception. Attendance on Saturday was steady at the four studios where 10 artists showed their work.

Opening their studios for the all-day event were Sara Broderick, Michelle Curtis, Dale Wells and Violet and Len Burton. 

Artists showing their work at Wells’ studio wer Verna Pooler and Jane Opiat. Not in the program, but showing his work was Bob Tetrault, who builds toy trains and donates them to charity. Opiat had her loom and was weaving fabric. Wells’ studio was filled with his watercolor paintings, mostly of cars.

At the Burtons’ studio, Wadsworth, Karen Vogl and Jill Maschmeyer showed their art. Vogl and Maschmeyer kept themselves busy creating cloth basketry and pine-needle baskets, respectively. The Burtons’ studio was filled with his paintings and her photography, which were also available at the Farmers and Artisans Market that day at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk.

Violet Burton admitted it was a  busy day for she and her husband as they took turns manning the studio and their market booth.

Broderick’s house was filled with her art as well as the works of other artists, including that of her students. Broderick is an art instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Brookings and College of the Redwoods in Crescent City.

Curtis, whose pottery studio had its beginnings in a tree house, showed her clay leaves and other works in her newer, ground-level studio. She discussed how she works with the clay to make her creations. During the tour, she gave away clay leaves with a package of Stash tea attached.

Violet Burton said she heard lots of positive comments about the event. Perhaps the most common was how lively the tour was.

However, Burton said she feels the event “needs a new shot in the arm.” The first tour was in 2007 and has featured many of the same artists, and many art enthusiasts in the community have already seen the studios.

In addition, Burton said the tour falls too closely after the Azalea Festival, when people have spent a lot of their money, and is too close to the Fourth of July, for which people are saving their money.

Burton said she is thinking about the possibility of moving the tour to September and perhaps scheduling it every other year, with a different kind of fundraising event in the between years. 

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