Saturday, October 31, 2009

Washington's First Auction of Wine "Art" Barrels

Retired wine barrels from the North Olympic Peninsula's six artisan wineries were donated to the Port Angeles Arts Council (PAAC) early this summer. Volunteer artists transformed the wine barrels into unique one-of-a-kind "art barrels" which are offered for sale using a unique online auction format.

The PAAC is hosting the auction to support its mission to nurture the vitality of the arts community and showcase the talent of local artists.

The ten local artists who volunteered their time and talent to the project were given free creative rein. Most artists worked in their garages, a.k.a. "Studio G", developing picturesque themes ranging from rustic, barnyard scenes to aquaculture to vineyard panorama using paint, fused glass, paper collage and hand painted silk.

The public is invited to visit (click on Auction), to view and bid on a series of 10 wine barrels that have been transformed into visual - and functional- works of art. Artists bios and video interview with Donna Cloud.

Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6. The winning bids will be announced on Friday, November 6 at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center during Paul Chasman's One-Man Guitar Festival, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is PAAC's inaugural fundraising event.

For more information on the Art Barrels Auction or the Port Angeles Arts Council, contact Eric Neurath at 360.452.5911,

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