Make us your home page
Instagram

Florida Craftsmen to auction fine craft art online

Live auctions are common in the art world but Florida Craftsmen has one that doesn't require a paddle or your presence. • Now, and through April 4, 12 excellent examples of fine craft are offered up in an online auction, the 21st century version of the traditional silent auction. These crave-worthy works are in traditional craft media — fiber, wood, ceramics, glass and jewelry — created by stellar Florida craftsmen.

The artists are Susan Banks, Rocky Bridges, John Mascoll, Sang Roberson, William Kidd, Pam Fox, Duncan McClellan, Akiko Sugiyama, Sarah Butz, Brice Dyer and Robin Pelszynski. In its evolution, craft has stretched its definition as a functional object. Today, they occupy a hybrid space between traditional craft and fine art. Vases, for example, are sometimes better termed as vessels.

Florida Craftsmen executive director Diane Shelly says that each artist created a work especially for this event (and jeweler Sarah Butz created two), "not something that they pulled from their inventory."

They were first going to be silent-auctioned at a gala which, Shelly says, was downsized to an intimate gathering of donors, too small for an auction. And besides, why not give the non-gala-going crowd an equal shot at owning one of these beauties?

So up they went online. You can view them at floridacraftsmen.net or live at the gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The bidding process is simple, too. When you scroll through the online gallery, you'll see the retail value and the current high bid. (Often in these auctions, the bids exceed estimated value.) Then you can register to bid. The value of the piece determines the increments you make in bidding and range from $25 to $150.

The gallery is having a free reception and wrapup, with raffles of more fine craft, on April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Online bidding ends at 7:20 p.m. Guests can continue to bid until 7:30 p.m. or you may phone in a bid until 7:30 p.m.: (727)821-7391. floridacraftsmen.net.

Lennie Bennett can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8293.

Florida Craftsmen to auction fine craft art online 03/24/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 'Lose your mind' when Starbucks introduces the Zombie Frappuccino

    General

    Starbucks is at it again.

    A picture of the poster of the reportedly new Starbucks' Zombie Frappucino. [Screengrab via Twitter]
  2. Cookbook review: ‘Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook' is like a friend who always has a good recipe up her sleeve

    Cooking

    Cherry Bombe is a biannual indie magazine, weekly radio show/podcast and annual conference that celebrates women and food. And this month's release is a cookbook, a compilation of tried-and-true recipes from women who are famous both in the food world and other industries. Think model and cookbook author …

    By Kerry Diamond 
and Claudia Wu Clarkson Potter, 256 pages, $35
  3. Beautiful Hong Kong is pulsating with life and culture

    Travel

    HONG KONG

    “Ah money, money, money!" the cabdriver exclaimed with no small sense of sarcasm in his Cantonese-accented English as he waved in the direction of the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong, a city that revels in its reputation as an international financial capital.

    The Hong Kong skyline, seen here from Victoria Peak, the highest point in the city at 1,800 feet, is a sight to behold.
  4. How to pick the perfect fall six-pack of beer

    Bars & Spirits

    With each fall comes another opportunity to assemble the perfect seasonal six-pack. Of course, this is often a six-pack in name only, as many of the latest seasonal brews come in large- format bottles (with a price tag to match). That just means that you'll need to assemble some friends and family to share with, and who …

     Abita Pecan Harvest Ale: As the name suggests, this toasty amber ale is brewed with roasted Louisiana pecans. The base beer is fairly neutral, allowing the sweet and nutty pecan character to stand front and center. It drinks not unlike a liquid pecan pie — though it’s a bit less sweet, thankfully.