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Fundraiser: More than 200 pieces of original and historic artwork for sale at RiverBrink this weekend
Nancy Bongard, Mary Bullen and Keith Bullen show off some of the donated art pieces for RiverBrink's art sale this weekend. (Brittany Carter/NiagaraNow)

More than 200 original and historic art pieces are “priced to sell” at the RiverBrink Art Museum’s three-day fundraiser this Friday to Sunday at the museum on Queenston Street.

The sale, organized by Nancy Bongard, Mary and Keith Bullen, and Don MacLeod, was planned to raise money for RiverBrink programming and exhibitions.

The show will feature more than 180 original works of art plus many historical pieces donated by local collectors.

Some of the pieces were specifically created for the show and all have been priced by Geoffrey Joyner, whom Bongard calls a “guru in Canadian art.” Art pieces are priced anywhere from $10 to $900, she said.

“We asked him to help us for St. Mark’s (church) and he was very glad to do that, and we asked him to do it again for this show. He priced all of the art. It isn’t necessarily what the artists would expect, but we check with them,” Bongard said.

She was recruited by a board member of RiverBrink to organize the sale, she said, after an “incredibly successful” art emporium she organized with the same team for St. Mark’s Anglican Church a few years ago.

“In two days, we raised over $14,000, almost $15,000, all on donated art. So, a member of the board (at RiverBrink) asked if I would undertake this again. I put the same little team together,” she said.

Keith Bullen said he will ring a bell each time a piece is sold over the weekend.

“We work beautifully together and we have fun,” Bongard added.

The show will kickstart with an exclusive ticketed reception on Friday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting the museum at manager@riverbrink.org or by calling 905-262-4510.

The sale will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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