Typical fine art available in this department:
- Arts, cultural artifacts, and items of indigenous people from all over the world
- Fine art and crafts in various mediums
- Valuable posters and maps
- Native American/Alaska Native/First Nation items
- One of a kind pottery and ceramics
- Hand-blown glass works
- Wood work
- Metal works
- Stone works
- Bead work
- Wall hangings.
- Unique cultural artifacts
- Art supplies include:
- Water colors
- Paint brushes / art pencils
- Pens / easels / art paper / canvas and stretchers
- Good picture frames and matting
- Pottery / ceramic supplies
- Woodworking / carving supplies
- All kinds of cutters and scissors
Key information about items
- Items are not repaired
- Selected paintings and wall art may be re-framed
Additional information about the items and this department
Fine Arts Department Pricing Policy:
” The Fine Arts Department’s art prices are set by consultation with several West Coat and local art experts, knowledge of the volunteers working in the department for many years, website research, and a percentage of retail prices, if known. The quality and condition of the art pieces are taken into consideration.”
- Some of the more unique and sought after art pieces are put on Silent Auction with auction bidding closing between 10:000 and 11:00.
- At least two outside professional fine art appraisers donate their expertise and time to assist in assessing a fair sale and / or auction price.
- In the past very nice pieces of art have sold at reasonable and affordable prices.
ART BY INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS ARTISTS APPEARS AT ROTARY SALE
Every year Picasso, Van Gogh, Gauguin prints and many other international and local artists are donated to the Rotary Sale. Last year’s find was an old print by Goya that is currently still being investigated, as some of his early prints may be worth thousands. In an effort to give attention to the treasures donated, the staff of the Arts & Crafts department examines the most interesting originals and prints with a jeweler’s loupe, hoping to distinguish lithographs, photo reproductions, and original art. Original paintings are then marked with a bright orange dot so customers may immediately notice them. Naturally, some art requires a longer examination. So many pieces come in that the public continually finds treasures.
More than three hundred pieces of art were sold last year. In previous years there were original paintings – one by the artistic wife of the world famous painter of Alaskan scenes, Sydney Laurence, another – a framed print by James Wyeth, the son of Andrew Wyeth, done in the style of his father’s work. We have also had dozens of limited edition signed pieces by such artists as Ed Tussey who specializes in Alaskan and marine art, and another by Rod Frederick who specializes in rainforest and wildlife art. In the past we have sold paintings and prints by many local artists including noted Bainbridge artist Claudia McKinstry. Best of all, the art is sold at ridiculously low prices and the Bainbridge Rotary applies all money from sales to most worthwhile charities.