I personally cannot count them.
How many times have you been contacted AFTER the event because someone saw your work and wants to add a piece to their art collection?
I'd say NEVER to that.
I have had people tell me that they really like my work in an auction; the work does sell, usually for my established price point, but nothing else has ever happened.
Does fine art mix with spa and travel?
I am fed up with donating one-of-a-kind art to fund raisers that position the art on a table next to a spa weekend from a hotel or a two round trip tickets to Las Vegas package or a trip to London! (Art needs to be displayed well, also!) The art work may sell into the hundreds but the Vegas trip makes $1,000.00. The London trip goes for $5,000.00 and some other artist's work doesn't make the $50.00 opening bid!
The work is undervalued and you don't even get a portion of the sale.
So this is what I decided:
1. I give to charities I would give to anyway.
2. I ask for a portion of the money, if possible, to pay my expenses.
3. If I don't support the charity I won't give unless the representative has already purchased my work.
4. If I will get a portion of the sale price I will probably be willing to donate a larger work that will bring in more money than a small work for the charity and for me.
Most important, I am starting to ask if it is an art only auction.
If not, I regretfully decline the new requests.
If I do not honor my own work, who will?
"Young Lois" (above) a tribute to Lois Mailou Jones, by Joyce Owens was in a gallery auction and sold at 4 times the opening bid.