An art sale is set to take place in Lacombe again this year and the event is growing. From now until Sept. 28th, 50 anonymous artists will have pieces on display at the Lacombe Memorial Centre as part of the ‘10 x 10 by the Unknown Artist’ fundraiser for the Lacombe Arts Endowment Fund.
Maureen MacKenzie, executive director for the City of Lacombe and organizer for the event said this year’s event features even more pieces than last year and there are a lot of new artists who have asked to participate in the show and sale.
“We actually had artists coming to us this year, which is really cool,” she said.
10 x 10 by the Unknown Artist features between 60 and 65 pieces of art that are currently on display in the hallway of the LMC leading to Anna Maria’s Coffee Bar.
All the pieces are 10 inches by 10 inches (or, in the case of 3D artworks, 10 inches by 10 inches by 10 inches) and all are unsigned.
On Sept. 24th, a show and sale event will take place where art enthusiasts can purchase any of the pieces for $200, regardless of the piece’s value. Mackenzie said that in the past, the show has featured pieces valued at upwards of $1,000. Any artwork not sold during the show and sale evening will be go up for silent auction with the bids closing at 4 p.m. on Sept. 28th.
Having a sale for art where the artists are unknown puts an interesting spin on things. MacKenzie said it encourages buyers to focus on buying art they like, rather than art from popular artists.
“It’s just having people buy for the pure joy of what appeals to them.”
After the pieces are purchased, buyers can check for a signature on the back to learn who produced the piece of art. Mackenzie added most of the artists who provide pieces for the sale come to the preview evening as well, making the evening a fun guessing game for both buyers and artists.
Some of the interesting pieces MacKenzie mentioned that will be for sale as part of the event will include 3D fiber sculpture and raku pottery.
MacKenzie added this year’s 10 x 10 event will feature artists from outside Alberta for the first time ever, showing how much recognition the event has garnered.
Funds from 10 x 10 by the Unknown Artist go to support the Arts Endowment Fund. MacKenzie said the fund has grown as well as the event and continues to receive support from the artistic community.
The fund in turn supports the artist themselves, creating a beneficial cycle that MacKenzie hopes will continue. Beginning in 2000, the Lacombe Arts Endowment Fund has provided more than $10,000 in grants and benefitted about 30 developing artists.
Tickets for the preview show and sale, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 24th, are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at City Hall, The Gallery on Main, Anna Maria’s Coffee Bar, Primrose Boutique and Alberta Art and Drafting Supplies in Red Deer.