The cumulative auction has so far raised $582.21. It’s not the $10,000 that I asked the Universe for. But it’s more than had been bid two weeks ago. So I am happy about that.
I want to thank everyone who has so far bid on Charlie’s painting. Not only have your contributions made this project both more interesting and worthwhile, but they will also end up going to a very worthy and important organization.
So I am happy and thankful, which is I suppose an appropriate state of mind for the Monday after Thanksgiving. But even better still, I am excited.
Because Tyler Helfrich, director of ArtWorks945, is organizing a live auction for Charlie’s painting.
When I told Charlie about a month ago that the bid on his painting had reached $400, he sent me a very thought provoking message. He suggested that I could turn the money already bid into both more money for ArtWorks945 and greater awareness of homelessness by making prints of Falling Down Man and selling them. Charlie volunteered to sign the first 100 prints.
I showed Charlie’s message to Tyler; and we talked about ways to continue raising money with his painting. She liked his idea and thought that a first step toward it might be a live auction at which we sell both his painting and other paintings produced at ArtWorks945. And since Tyler’s brother in law owns Summit Coffee Shop, she suggested that we hold a live auction there
So that’s what is going to happen. We are going to hold an auction at Summit Coffee Shop on December 9 from 8-10. This time, the auction will be a real one – whoever bids the most for Falling Down Man will get to keep it. And as with the auction going on now, all the money will go to ArtWorks945.
Who knows? Maybe an art collector from the Charlotte area will realize the historical significance of Charlie’s painting and end up biding $10,000 for it. Now, wouldn’t that be something?