The 2019 Autumn Art Sale Fundraiser was the Most Successful in 29 Years
The McMichael Volunteers Committee’s 2019 Autumn Art Sale was the most successful sale in 29 years of Autumn Art Sale history. This year was the first that the volunteers had an opportunity to auction off two paintings. The paintings by Jay Bell Redbird, donated by his life partner Halina were sold with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Fundraiser.
This prestigious event invited some of Canada’s most accomplished and talented painters and sculptors, applying for 49 coveted positions, and gave them the opportunity to do what the Autumn Art Sale does best—showcase their original works and unique designs. The setting of these pieces was in the McMichael Canadian Art gallery’s stunning Grand Hall. On display were artist pieces made with acrylic, oil, watercolour, mixed media, pen and Ink, sumi-e (also known as Japanese ink painting), wood, glass and paper. As a major fundraiser for the iconic McMichael Collection, this event allowed local art lovers to invest in a beautiful piece of original Canadian art. “A percentage of all art purchases during the Autumn Art Sale, goes to the Committee for volunteer-funded projects to enhance the visitor experience and support special gallery initiatives and valuable children’s education programs,” as mentioned on the event’s website.
Congratulations to the 2019 Top Ten Artists who have been invited back to participate in the 2020 Autumn Art Sale. The Top Artists were: Peter Allan Rice (“Best-in-Show”), Ryan A. Sobkovich , Roslyn Levin, Karen Bowen, Colleen Glynn, David Lidbetter, Doris Pontieri, Debra Tate-Sears, Shannon Reynolds and Andrew Sookrah.