Saturday, February 12, 2011

Flood Aid - art with heart!

Over 250 people attended the Flood Aid Art Auction at Stockroom, on February 12, between 4-6pm.

Over $17 000 was raised in the charity art auction, with proceeds being donated to the national flood appeals.

Organised by Jason Waterhouse and Magali Gentric - co-directors of Stockroom, Kyneton - weeks of preparation and hundreds of hours of time went into making the event run as smoothly as possible.

Over 70 artists, makers, designers and businesses donated work and services to be auctioned on the day.

Ever the entertainer, professional auctioneer Steve Graham - who donated his time and expertise to the event - did an amazing job, auctioning works for 2 hours straight, and spell-binding the crowd who had travelled from all over Victoria and Melbourne.

Art collectors, artists and punters stood side by side jammed into Stockroom's Gallery I.

The crowd was on high alert and hungry for art bargains, with several fast-paced bidding wars breaking out over donated works, including one over a piece by high profile Melbourne artist and sculptor, Cameron Robbins.

In full flight.. Steve Graham and Jason Waterhouse, working hard at Flood Aid.

A silent auction concluded the charity event at 6.30pm.

Organisers Jason and Magali were exhausted by auction's end, working well into the night to finalise proceedings, saying "it couldn't have gone any better."

A massive thank you to everyone involved: the organisers, artists, businesses, Stockroom friends and staff who supported the event throughout the day, Steve Graham, and to all who bought art and helped to generate such a fantastic amount, going to much-needed flood relief and recovery.

Right: "Knock off beers.." Artists Jason Waterhouse, Larry Parkinson & Cameron Robbins.

See the full photo gallery from Flood Aid on Facebook.

Words & pics: Megan Spencer