Ithaca Art auction will raise funds for school art supplies

An online auction hosted by Ithaca Art this Sunday will raise funds to help provide art supplies to school districts around the country that can’t afford supplies for their students.

Some of the art being auctioned off this Sunday. Photos provided by Ithaca Art.

Some of the art being auctioned off this Sunday. Photos provided by Ithaca Art.

Ryan McGuire of Ithaca Art says, “Art was such a huge part of my childhood, and I don’t want these kids to miss out on the opportunity to experience the joy of creating.”

Starting at 8am, Ryan will post a piece of artwork on the Ithaca Art page on Facebook every five minutes, and each item will be available for eight hours with the end time shown in the post. Those interested in bidding on the items can comment on each post, and the high bidder (the last comment) on each post will win that auction item.

There are ten or more items, including canvas work, photographs, and “some unique abstract three-dimensional pieces,” Ryan says. “If we manage to generate at least $300 in sales, I will donate an additional $100 out of pocket to help the next generation of artists thrive,” he adds.

100% of the auction proceeds will be donated to schools selected on www.donorschoose.org, and Ryan is open to local schools and art teachers listing their needs there. “I’ve heard in the past that funding for [art] supplies is scarce at Beverly J. Martin School,” he says.

“I will be available to deliver art in Ithaca, but if you live outside the area you will be responsible for the shipping costs,” Ryan says.

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