Picasso, Kinkade, Wooster Scott and Delacroix are just some of the artists who will be in attendance at the Edmond Senior Community Found-ation’s Live Art Auction.

Well, at least their art will be in attendance.

The Live Art Auction will take place Jan. 27 with a preview at 7 p.m. and the live auction beginning at 8 p.m. at the Silhouette Event Center, 3601 S. Broadway, Suite 1300.

“This is the first time our foundation has done an auction like this,” said ESCF board member Marilyn Kreidler.

“We’ve had art auctions before, but we’ve always tried to keep them local, with local artists but having local artists is very time consuming.”

This year’s auction will be presented by Ross Galleries out of Holbrook, New York — an art group that specializes in auctions for the specific purpose of fund raising.

“We had the cchamber look up some places for us and had them send us packets of information,” Kreidler said. “Using the gallery gives us an opportunity to move up to a bigger art auction.”

Art presented will include more than 150 custom framed and matted works including lithographs, etchings, serigraphs, animation cels and watercolors.

“The gallery will also have some original art pieces signed by the artists and some sports memorabilia,” Kreidler said. “They will even provide us with a painting worth $500 to give away as a door prize.”

Using this gallery will make organizing the auction a little easier on the members of ESCF, Kreidler said.

All funds raised by the auction will go to benefit the ESCF, which was established in 2000.

The foundation provides grants to organizations or individuals providing programs and services for seniors in the Edmond community.

Previous recipients of the ESCF’s funds include the Edmond Mobile Meals and the University of Central Oklahoma Scholarship Fund for the gerontology department.

“Our last donation to Mobile Meals was around $500, and the same went to UCO,” Kreidler said.

“We also made a donation to the Edmond Senior Center.”

Being only a small foundation, Kreidler said they are looking forward to this auction to help them grow in the community.

“Obviously the larger we become, the more we can donate to the local organizations and people,” she said.

The majority of the art is set to have opening bids between $45 and $300, trying to keep the prices at around 50 percent less than what the art would traditionally cost framed in a gallery.

(Loralea Epperson may be reached via e-mail at lepperson@edmondsun.com.)

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