This year marks the ninth year of The Arts In Easton Banner Program and 45 artists have participated to create 88 pieces of art. The Project was born out of a desire to celebrate the thriving arts community that exists in Talbot County and centers on downtown Easton. The artists who participate in the program are representative of the hundreds of artists working in the community. Whether amateur or professional, their work adds depth to the experience and enjoyment of this charming small town. The banners themselves are more impressive than ever, reflecting the growing talent in the local arts community.
The banners will be auctioned at a lively free event with light fare, drinks and music, at the Waterfowl Festival Building, on Saturday, December 11th from 7pm to 9:30pm. All banners will be placed in a silent auction from 7pm-8pm. When silent auction bidding ends, any banner with more than 10 bids will automatically go to live auction. The minimum starting bid for each banner is $100.00. Most of the artists plan to attend the auction offering a great opportunity to talk shop with the creator of your favorite work.
Original artwork of this size and quality often sells for much higher price points, making this event an opportunity to purchase original artwork the chance to start building a collection.
Last year’s Banner Auction was by all accounts a resounding success resulting in the sale of every banner and gross sales totaling nearly $73,000. The Arts In Easton Banner Program is the work of the Avalon Foundation and is designed to help promote local artists, the arts in Easton and Easton as an Arts Destination. Proceeds from the auction benefit participating artists and support the banner project and other Avalon Foundation free community events.
The banners are hung early in the Waterfowl Building to allow the public an opportunity to preview these fine original works of art. Banners may be previewed on Friday, December 10 from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, December 11 from noon – 4pm. Stopping by to see the banners prior to Saturday’s bidding frenzy is a great idea. People are often surprised by their size (30X40) and by how many banners they have never seen before. Previewing is also a great chance to plan bidding strategy.
Images of all of the banners and bios of the artists, along with absentee bid sheets for buyers who cannot attend the event can be found at www.theavalonfoundation.com. Posters of the entire collection of banner images are available for purchase at the Avalon Theatre Box Office (40 E. Dover) and at the banner auction for $25 (including sales tax).