My night at TRASK 2017…

And Charity Season 2017 has commenced.

Three of my artworks – two framed photography prints, The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad and Milky Way at the Corinth Reservoir – and my crate art project, Saratoga Vichy Crate Art Project – were on display at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, as part of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s 2017 TRASK Art Show and Sale.

I’m admiring all the artworks and creations by my fellow painters, photographers and craftspeople, and there’s some absolutely amazing pieces here.  And the proceeds raised from this event will benefit restoration projects and preservation in the city.  So it’s a win-win.

Oh, look, there’s two of my artworks right there…

And yes, all three pieces received plenty of views and lookie-loos.  But the hope was to see someone pick up a pencil and write a bid number on the adjoining sheet.  If there’s a bid … then the piece has found a new forever home.

Great.  I’m equating my art with finding a home for a shelter pet.  Hee hee…

And over in the ballroom, right next to the vintage roulette wheel from the Canfield Casino’s days as … oh, I don’t know … a casino, was the Saratoga Vichy Crate Art Project.

I’m still hoping that all these artworks find a new home, and that money is raised …

But here’s the thing.  I can NOT stand around like a helicopter parent and stare at potential bidders.  I have to check out the other art pieces.  This is important.

Because not only do I want to see what the other artists have crafted … I want to be inspired by their work, and maybe take some of those ideas and incorporate them into something of mine.  A new inspiration, if you will.

And then, out of the corner of my eye … I saw someone write a bid number on The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad.  Aces.  A successful bid, as far as I’m concerned.

8:45 p.m.  The first wave of bidding has ended, and I go to check on the results of my artworks.

And The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad has been removed from its display site, leaving this card behind.

Bang that gavel.  Sold!

But right next to it … The Milky Way at the Corinth Reservoir… where did that picture go?

Looks like there was a last-second bidder who sniped the competition and captured the piece at the last second, eBay style!  Awesome!  Two artworks in new homes!

Unfortunately, though, the only home Saratoga Vichy Crate Art Project will go to is my home.  No bids.

But I’m not upset by this.  In fact, I’m glad the piece got displayed and received lots of attention.  In fact, I’m even thinking that even if this did not sell at the TRASK, that just means that Saratoga Vichy Crate Art Project has a new life ahead of it.

Heck, the New York State Fair has a “mixed media” competition in the Fine Arts subcategory… and believe me, anything with wood, glass, electroluminescent wire and a freakin’ bottle opener HAS to be considered mixed media, right?? 😀

All in all, it was an amazing event, and my sincere thanks to the organizers of the event, as well as to the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation for all that they do in saving the Spa City’s history and culture.

Inspiration is a wonderful thing.

Two of my art pieces are now on the walls of new homes, to be admired by new owners.

And I’ve got a ready-built plug-in dazzler, ready for display at a new event in the future.

I consider those all wins on my tally sheet.

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