12 MORE ARTISANS PARTICPATING IN THE 2022 MCKEE FUND AUCTION UP SHORTLY
Below : OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ANNE MCKEE ARTIST FUND AUCTION
ANNE MCKEE ARTIST’S FUND FINE ART AUCTION CELEBRATES 27th YEAR
The Anne McKee Artists Fund is gearing up for its biggest event of the year: the 27th Annual Fine Art Auction to be held Wednesday, February 23rd. The Fund is happy to announce that this year’s auction and gala is live and in person. Tickets go on sale today at www.mckeefund.org.
The Studios of Key West (TSKW) is hosting the event. In the interest of public health, TSKW is following strict Covid protocols. They are limiting the number of guests, so get your ticket fast!
Beginning on Thursday, February 3rd, from 6-8PM, the art will be on display to preview at TSKW, located at the corner of Eaton and Simonton streets. The Studios is also open for previewing art Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, 50 fabulous works of art will be auctioned during the main event on February 23rd. The artwork this year offers something for every taste, including photography, wood with glass, watercolors, fiber art, ceramic, mixed media, and more.
Anne McKee Artists Fund President Marsha Williams says she’s thrilled to be back at the Studios, though last year’s virtual auction was a success.
“Our online buyers in 2021 purchased amazing artwork,” she said, “and allowed us to continue distributing grants to worthwhile projects created by Florida Keys residents.” Williams also noted that the Marion B. Good award for 2022 will be presented to Susann D’Antonio during the auction gala. D’Antonio is being recognized for her continued support and artistic contributions to the auction and to the Fund’s mission of Artists Helping Artists.
The 2022 Unsung Hero is Stephanie Hellstrom who served as the Fund’s president and publicity chair and who continues to serve as an auction volunteer. Artists who are participating in the auction receive 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the work, while the McKee Fund receives the remainder, which it awards to Keys artists for select projects. Founded by longtime Key West resident Anne McKee, the not for-profit fund has awarded more than $343,000 to more than 400 artists since 1994.
“When I started, I thought it would help people buy frames and materials,” said Fund Founder Anne McKee, “I never dreamed it would help people do so many big things.” As well as fine artwork, attractions at the auction include gourmet hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Tickets are $25 per person
More Images of some of the artists that regularly participate up shortly + The Safety Regulations
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