tsunami fundraiser auction at dorsch
Post #475 • February 16, 2005, 1:10 AM • 31 Comments
Today, from 1 pm to 9 pm, Dorsch Gallery will host a fundraiser auction to benefit the victims of the tsunami disaster. Please forward the information below to everyone you know (copy and paste into an e-mail, or send them this link). Over 100 artists have donated work - come, it will be a blast. Here are the details:
TSUNAMI BENEFIT ART AUCTION
9 PM Wednesday Feb 16 at Dorsch Gallery in Wynwood
105 artists have donated work to this benefit. All proceeds will go to charities benefiting Tsunami victims. The specifics are listed in Bidders FAQs. Some of the artists include:
DJ Le Spam
[and yours truly - F.]
1-8:30PM Register to bid on works in auction
6 - 9 PM Dewars 12 serving drinks
9 PM sharp Bidding closes
9:15 - 9:30 PM Winning bids announced
151 NW 24 Street
Miami FL 33127
How does it work? Glad you asked that.
Tsunami Benefit Art Auction - Bidders FAQ
Dorsch Gallery Feb 16th, 2005 Bidding 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Refreshments generously supplied by Dewars 12 - 6:00pm- 9:00pm
You have Questions. We have answers.
How will this Auction work?
Each work of art will have a bid sheet next to it attached to the wall. The sheet will contain the Artists name, and information about the piece of art. It will also have a Starting Bid amount.
Each person coming to the Tsunami Relief Benefit art auction will receive a Bidder number and a pen. Unless otherwise noted bids should be in $10 increments.
Bidding will begin at 1:00pm and end at 9:00pm sharp on Wednesday February 16th, 2005. Countdown announcements will be made prior to the closing of the auction.
At 9:00pm when the announcement is made that the bidding is closed, volunteers will pick up the bid sheets. (Bids will be accepted until the sheet is removed from the wall.)
Then the Winning bidder numbers will be called and hopefully the winners will walk calmly to the checkout and we wont have a free-for-all. If winners are not present they will be contacted to collect the work the following day. However we urge people to be patient and pick up the work the night of the auction. Receipts will be provided. 7% Florida Sales Tax applies.
Upon a dispute - It will be at the discretion of the Organizer (Brook Dorsch) to open the work in question to a standard general public auction and sold to the highest bidder. REMEMBER: The goal of this is to raise money for the relief and we hope bidders to keep this in mind. We will make every effort to make the final moments of the auction as fair as possible.
-Who gets the money?
If the highest bidder is missing in action, the Gallery will contact the second highest bidder. Once all of the works have been settled, the total amount collected will be split between: Direct Relief International, UNICEF, and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
On a related note, the Miami Herald killed a story about this auction, one that interviewed Brook Dorsch, and could have directed needed traffic to it. (Dorsch submitted his press release a month ago and the author of the story was working on it two weeks before the event.) However, the Herald saw fit to run another regurgitated press release by Fabiola Santiago, author of last week's air-fluffed Antonio Gattorno piece. Santiago's article pimped a book about Cuban art by Rochester art historian Lynette Bosch, released last October.
Before anyone brings up pandering to Cubans, I monitor the Herald pretty closely (well, weekly, anyway; it's all I can stomach) and this focus on Cuban art is unusual. So let's not go there. Instead, let's talk about how the Herald is garbage. With Elisa Turner out of the picture, at least for the time being, the Herald has sunk below the level of malignant neglect and has hit a new low in its arts coverage. The Herald is now the enemy of the South Florida art world. That's not an overstatement - the Miami Herald makes editorial decisions that work against your interests as someone who believes in art's value.
I challenge anyone at the Herald to click the comment link below and explain to Miami's art world why Santiago's article was deemed to be more urgent or newsworthy than the benefit at Dorsch. Go on, we're listening.
Clicking on this link will automatically load the following message into your e-mail client, which you can send normally:
To: SAcoca@herald.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, HeraldEd@herald.com
Artblog.net has issued a challenge to anyone at the Herald to explain why Fabiola Santiago's "The Art of Exile: Memories of Havana-Miami childhood leads to historian's life work," published February 13, was deemed more urgent or newsworthy than coverage of the February 16 tsunami benefit at Dorsch Gallery, for which over 100 artists donated work. As a reader who closely follows the visual arts in South Florida, I demand that you answer this challenge. Your decision not to report on this event insulted the South Florida art world and its generosity, and I am extremely disappointed by your lack of editorial judgment. Follow this link and click "comment" at the bottom of the page to respond: http://www.artblog.net/?name=2005-02-16-01-10-tsunami
Those addresses are for Shelley Acoca, the editor with whom the gallery was communicating, Liza Gross, Managing Editor, and the general letter of comment address. Of course, if you use web-based e-mail, just copy and paste. Today's the day to do right.