Sale of 122 artworks supports Art Walk

Professional and amateur artists have submitted 122 mini-masterpieces for Salida Art Walk’s popular Mini-Masterpiece Auction this year, which Lisa Marvel, chair of the auction committee, said is average.

Local artist Sally Mather’s Mini-Masterpiece submission.

The Mini-Masterpiece Auction is a highlight of Salida Art Walk. The low starting bids – $25 – can make owning original art, especially by established local artists, more feasible.

“The Mini-Masterpiece Auction provides a look at many local artists’ work, some who display their work in galleries and others who don’t,” Marvel said. “I love the creativity that is expressed on a 4-by-4, 4-by-5, or 4-by-6-inch canvas using oil, acrylic, watercolor, fabric, metal, found objects and often a combination of multiple media.”

All proceeds from the Mini-Masterpiece Auction will go toward financing Salida Art Walk 2018. An auction preview will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, in the Salida SteamPlant Event Center annex. The auction will run 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 24, in the same location. Marvel said, “There are often some very fun bidding wars in the final half hour of the auction.”

Over the years Marvel said she has bought several pieces herself. “It seems to me that I can always find a space for another mini, and I like to fill my home with pieces from local artists.”

One such local artist, Shelby Cox, submitted a piece for the first time this year. Titled “Mini Black Rabbit,” it’s a smaller version of a rabbit portrait he’s been working on.

“It was a lot of fun. I made a couple of extra ones just to show,” Cox said. “I wanted to make one last year to support local art. I also see the auction as a chance to get my name and work out to a wider audience.”

Mary Wolfe’s Mini-Masterpiece submission.

Artists can use any medium they wish. Cox used metal. Wendy and Derrick Neikam, owners of Serving Slabs and Mountain Made used salvaged granite and marble. The Neikams are also first-time participants this year and made two pieces for the auction. Making the pieces “took longer than expected, (but) the process was rewarding,” Wendy said. “It is our first year to participate in Art Walk, and we are excited to be involved in as many ways as possible.”