The TRASK 2014 Charity Event

I should be used to this.  I should be used to seeing my artwork hanging at a charity event.  Heck, I’ve done Historic Albany’s “BUILT” three times already, and every time I still get a case of the nerves.

But now it’s time to see what happens with one of my artworks.

Last night I attended and participated in a charity fundraiser for the Saratoga Springs Preservation Society, a fundraiser that would help restore the “Gift of Life” monument in time for its 2015 centennial.  Among the paintings and photographs and mixed-media creations that were on display in the Canfield Casino…

Among all those artworks, among those beautiful and stunning and creative pieces…

There hung my humble little mixed-media creation, Dream Window 11: Saratoga’s Healing Waters.

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There it is.  On display and getting lots of views.

But I can’t keep staring at it and coaxing people to bid on it, like a mother hen pushing her best chicks out to the farmer’s view.  I walked around to see everybody else’s art.  And in an instant, I ran into one of my blog readers, Tracie Anteman, who had three of her photographs in the show.

She and her husband showed their photos to me, and let me tell you, the photos were very striking and impressive.  And then the conversation drifted toward another competition.

“Do you have your entries ready for Altamont?” I asked.

“I can’t decide which ones I want to enter,” she said.  “I have to cut down my list from the ones I have.”

“I know the feeling,” I replied.  “I have two ready, and I can’t decide which others to enter.”

Fun stuff.

As the night progressed on, I found time to mingle, to network, to take some business cards for future projects – one person mentioned that she would love a Dream Window if I used birch wood for the side panels, a tactic I’ve achieved in the past.  Another person asked if there was a way I could take a picture of the full moon over a lake at her campsite.  Yeah, I can do that…

There were a few nibbles on the bid sheet for the Dream Window…

With minutes left in the night, a man and a woman walked up to the Dream Window.  “I know that bridge,” the man said.  “That’s the Arad Copeland Bridge in Edinburg, isn’t it?”

Wow.  Got it right on the first try.  “How did you know?”

“My construction company was part of the team that restored the bridge twelve years ago.”

Awesome.

And with that, he took a pencil and wrote in a winning bid.

By 9:00 p.m., one of the volunteers walked by, she took the bid sheet for the Dream Window.  Sold.

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See?  Blue “X” means sold.

Wow.  Yet another Dream Window has found a new home.  And it never ceases to amaze me.  That little project I started two and a half years ago, when I found a Queen Anne window in a salvage yard and started adding colored glass and photographs to it… that little project has evolved.

Of the eleven Dream Windows I’ve created since that chilly December day in 2011, seven of them were sold as part of charitable fundraisers; while three were sold privately.  I still have Dream Window 9: The Madison Theater, which I’m hoping will be accepted at Historic Albany’s 2014 “BUILT” fundraiser.

But for now, I know that Dream Window 11: Saratoga’s Healing Waters has found a new, appreciative owner.  A person that has a connection to the subject matter and who will proudly display the artwork in their home or office.

Part of me is sad to see the piece go.  But I’m comforted in that its sale has helped the Saratoga Springs Preservation Society get that much closer to restoring the “Spirit of Life” statue and other restorative projects in the area.  Truly the greater good.

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And in the end… that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?