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OKLAHOMA CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION AND ART FOR INTERIORS
Host Art Auction Open to the public in the newly completed OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Theatre Center

By Don Swift

On March 9, 2014 more than 70 artists from Oklahoma and around the world consigned a total of 350 art pieces to ART FOR INTERIORS and a fine art auction event benefitting the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation.

Art pieces ranged in price between $1,000 and $20,000.

Dali, Matisse, Miro, Munier and Rembrandt were some of the more notable artist names whose art pieces were in the auction. Several artists available during the auction with strong Oklahoma ties were Eugene Bavinger, Joe Beeler, and Wilson Hurley.

Hurley’s triptych murals can be seen in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Some of the memorabilia available at the auction included a signed photo from John F. Kennedy’s senatorial campaign and official document signed with Winston Churchill’s signature.

There was both a silent auction and live auction with more than 225 people registering to buy art during the two-day art auction. Art for Interiors owner auctioneer Alexander Bednar was pleased with the interest at OCCC in the art auction.

Among some of the fine art works being auctioned were Rembrandt etchings, a rare museum edition, a lithograph by Salvador Dali, a drawing by Geronimo from the 1904 World’s Fair, a Frank Tenney Johnson watercolor from the early 1900’s, a piece by Cherubino Alberti from the 1600’s, a piece from Maarten van Heemskerck from the 1500’s, a signed lithograph by Joan Miro and a signed serigraph by Henri Metisse.

Leland Taylor, OCCC director of Institutional Advancement and Jennifer Harrison, OCCC assistant director, were instrumental in the organization and planning of this event that raised more than $75,000 in sales from the art auction.

Mary Pointer Blankenship, senior vice president at UMB Bank and Art Auction Chair, stated the art auction event at OCCC was not only a huge financial success, but drew more than 300 people from the community, many of whom were first-time visitors to the newly-opened OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Theater Center.

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