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Pumphouse kicks off fall online art auction

Aimee Medina
Special to The Lake Report

The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is auctioning off original artworks to raise funds for its operations and for artists.

Original art is up for grabs in the centre’s second online auction, running Nov. 6 to 16.

A preview of several items is on display at the Niagara-on-the-Lake gallery in its Walker Room.

The fall auction follows on the heels of the non-profit gallery’s first online auction, mounted to raise money to help recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first auction raised about $5,600, which was split between the Pumphouse and artists. Some of those artists donated their pieces.

“We are optimistic that our fall auction will be equally successful,” said Lise Andreana, chair of the Pumphouse’s board of directors.

“The auction is a great opportunity for art lovers to purchase artworks by outstanding artists, while supporting a good cause at the same time.”

Paintings, mixed media and sculptural pieces by artists from Niagara and beyond are featured, including works by Emily Andrews, Marilyn Cochrane, Cathy Cullis, Nancy Wardle, Jodi Kitto-Ward and Tina Clancy.

Andreana said the Pumphouse decided to preview some of the pieces so people can enjoy the gallery experience while browsing through the works up for bids.

Like other non-profit galleries, the Pumphouse saw a drop in revenue from art sales and from special events that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

The gallery reopened to the public in August and has been able to mount four exhibits – half its usual number – since then.