A sign at the Kenai Art Center is seen on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

A sign at the Kenai Art Center is seen on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Art center seeking pieces for upcoming auction

The deadline to donate is 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27

The Kenai Art Center is seeking donations for its upcoming Harvest Art Auction. Pieces donated will be displayed in an exhibition for the month of September before being auctioned off on Sept. 24 to raise money for the center.

Abbey Ulen, vice president of the board at Kenai Arts Center, said they are raising funds for the ongoing preservation and maintenance of their building in Old Town Kenai, as well as for providing workshops in the space.

“Basically, keeping the doors open, keeping us functioning, because we are the nonprofit gallery,” Ulen said. “These funds just keep us up and running.”

All proceeds go to the art center and stay in Kenai. Art donations are being accepted of any form. Ulen said they have paintings, prints, ceramics and woven tapestries, among other things.

“We take it all,” Ulen said. “It’s a very large variety. We don’t really know until it starts coming in the door what it’s going to be.”

The deadline to donate is 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Until then, art can be brought in during the center’s open hours, Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. One form has to be filled out with information about the piece, and then it will be auctioned off at the end of September.

The Harvest Auction exhibition will be open from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1. An opening reception will be held on Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.

The auction itself will be a special ticketed event 6 p.m. on Sept. 24, described by Ulen as a “whole shindig.” Tables will be set up, catering will be provided by The Hearth Eatery, and beer and wine will be offered. Tickets cost $50, and can be purchased at the Kenai Art Center.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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