The Duncan Banner
With 55 entries and more than $1,500 raised, the 6x6 Canvas Art Celebration and Auction was deemed a successful fundraiser for the Duncan Art Guild.
Local artists donated 6x6 canvases decorated in various mediums that were bid on Saturday at Celebration Frames. Additionally, renowned Oklahoma artist Gay Faulkenberry painted and donated her own canvas to be raffled.
“I’m excited because you just never know if the second year of something is going to be as good as the first,” said Jolene Forbes, vice president of the Guild and co-chair for the event. “I think everyone really enjoyed it. We had as much fun, if not more than, last year.”
Forbes said several tickets had been sold for the nationally-recognized artist’s piece. Sue Beall won the raffle, which adds to her collection of Faulkenberry art pieces.
“I’m glad (Faulkenberry) supported us,” Forbes said.
This is the only fundraiser for the organization and members thought the turnout was a good one.
“I’m happy people are coming in,” said Flora Diffie, president of the Guild. “We have several good artists in the community.”
Forbes said more canvases were sold this year than last year. The ones that did not sell at the auction will be for sale at Celebration Frames until Christmas.
Among the canvases were mediums such as acrylic, photography and jewelry. Though many artists were from nearby, others came a distance to participate in the event.
“I entered three pieces,” said Pattie Calfy of Walters.
“I think (the event) is great and I’m impressed with all the good artwork. It’s a neat, fun fundraiser.”
Calfy became involved with the Art Guild a little less than a year ago by entering the organization’s photography show. A retired teacher, Calfy does photography for supplemental income.
“I met a lot of nice people and decided to become active in the group,” she said.
Diffie said the Guild is always looking for new members. There are about 35 current active members. To become involved with the Duncan Art Guild or learn more about it, contact Jolene Forbes at 580-470-5031.