We have had a very successful art auction. We raised about $20,000 to be used only for the arts at our school. It is the best haul yet. $14,000 last time. We have had an art auction every two years since 2005. I am absolutely exhausted. I lost my voice on the night and spent most of the weekend horizontal. I have been part of all the auctions, but in a bigger way this year.
We invited families to the afternoon part, with food, coffee and art activities. They could view the art and place bids online, for the silent auction art. A 'pop up' band came to entertain us. They were fabulous.
The evening part was more refined with bubbles, craft beers, wine, canapés and a DJ. The live auction atmosphere was excellent. Our auctioneer kept a perfect pace. We were concerned that we had too much art for one evening, 60 pieces, but it was all done in 2 hours.