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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO


 March 23 – May 10, 2019

2019 Small Works Auction

Sponsored by Steve and Diana Graddy

Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 21st annual Small Works Auction.

In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating member artists.

This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 5:30-7 pm on Friday, May 10. Come enjoy an evening of wine, food, and fast and furious bidding!

Especially anticipated every year are the Rainmaker entries. Rainmakers are artists whose works have sold for $300 or more during previous Small Works auctions. With an opening bid of $300, these works hold a place of honor in the exhibit.

All other works start their bidding at $35. For all entries, there is a “Buy It Now” option for those who don’t want to risk losing a piece in a last-minute bidding war. Artists set their own “Buy It Now” prices, but the minimum is $125. Rainmakers’ minimum “Buy It Now” price is $500. 

Works may be viewed and bids may be placed online at https://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit until 3 pm on Friday, May 10. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute.

With the exposure for artists comes the potential bragging rights for recognition for creating the best entries: Juror’s Choice; Best 3-D; Best Mixed Media; Best Photography; Best Still Life or Floral; and Best Landscape or Plein Air. Exhibition visitors will determine the People’s Choice award. The juror will be announced on opening night.



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