Richard Downs
Crocker art museum
Richard Downs | "Couple #203" | Monotype | 12x15" image 17x20" sheet | 2012 | Crocker art museum

The Crocker art museum in Sacramento California holds one art auction every year. This is a juried event and for Northern California artists it is the annual competition not to miss. This will be the first year that my work has been selected and I am honored and thrilled to have the Crocker acknowledge my work. This year 130 works and artists were selected for the art auction 2012 and 100 of those pieces came from artists and estates that are in the permanent museum collection. The 130 pieces will be divided into 2 silent auctions and 1 live auction. My piece was fortunate enough to make the live auction and although it has the lowest starting bid of all of the work I would like to use this analogy to talk it up, "Always buy the cheapest house in the best neighborhood!".

The auction is described as:
"The Crocker Art Auction is the best opportunity of the year to collect works of art by the region's most distinguished artists. The casually elegant evening begins with a silent auction in the second floor galleries, followed by a gourmet dinner and an exciting live auction."

Gwyn Stramler was also selected for the auction with one of her multi-dimensional works and it will be fun showing together at the same event.
Big thanks from both of us to Museum Director Lial A. Jones and Chief Curator Scott A. Shields.
Gwyn Stramler | The Blue Wave Train multi-dimensional series: "Triptych: Blue Wave Train w/ Duck & Boy" | Oil, acrylic, wax and plexiglass on wood panel | 12x44x2" | 2011 | Crocker art museum

Gwyn Stramler | "Blue Wave Train w/ Duck & Boy" | Detail

Both Gwyn and myself will be donating works to another event at the Crocker called, "Big Names, Small Art". This silent auction will kick off the auction season a week earlier. This has become the party of the year with art, music, food and a fun night out. Proceeds support the exhibitions and education programs of the Crocker Art Museum. We both will be going to this event and we hope to see you there!
Thu, May 24, 2012  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Richard Downs | "Man #183" | Monotype | 5x7" Image | 2011 | Donated to "Big Names, Small Art" | Crocker art museum 2012

Gwyn Stramler | "Boy w/ Dirt Cloud & Ellipse" | Oil, acrylic and wax on wood panel | 8x10" | Donated to "Big Names, Small Art" | Crocker art museum 2012

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