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Artists donate works for NACC benefit auction

NIAGARA FALLS – For an opening bid of $25, you may bid on the work of some talented local artists at the third annual NACC Art Auction at 6 p.m. April 10 at Wine on Third, 501 Third St.

Winning bidders walk out with a one-of-a-kind piece of art, from abstracts to oils to collages in all sizes, while leaving with the knowledge that their purchase will go to benefit the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center’s youth summer arts program.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the educational programs here at the NACC,” said Kelly Buckley, the center’s development director. “Some of Western New York’s best artists donate their work.”

She said the idea for the auction started four years ago when the center lost city funding. The first event was held at the NACC, but after that it moved to Wine on Third, which Buckley called a “fantastic community partner with the NACC.”

She said it is expensive for artists to contribute their work, noting that some can be worth several thousand dollars. In order to guarantee there will be works of art for the auction, Wine on Third began holding summer “Paint Outs,” providing canvases and work spaces to local artists.

“Artists can go to Wine on Third and paint in a public venue and tourists will stop and see the artists and listen to live music. It became a real tourist attraction,” said Buckley.

She said a few tourists who are artists also have joined in and donated their work, though most of the works in the auction are by local artists.

Artists who prefer not to work in public also may donate their work by contacting Buckley at 282-7530, Ext. 6

The NACC offers a six-week summer camp for children ages 7 to 17, which focuses on fine arts, theater, performance and art history.

“This art auction was instrumental in allowing that program to happen,” Buckley added.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m. Cash is the preferred method of payment, though credit cards will be accepted.

Artwork can be previewed at Wine on Third and on Niagara Arts and Cultural Center on Facebook. Buckley said advance bids are accepted.