For the third year, I’m proud to be one of the participating artists in Art on the Avenue. Art on the Avenue is the biggest silent auction of local art in Houston, and a great place to buy art for yourself or as a gift. Proceeds support Avenue’s mission to enhance the quality of life for working families, and to promote healthy, vibrant, and economically diverse neighborhoods in Houston.
Featuring artwork from more than 250 local Houston artists each year, the event benefits Avenue’s work to build and preserve affordable housing and revitalize distressed neighborhoods, while supporting local artists. During the few years that I’ve been participating, I’m come to know, like, and respect the artists who donate their art to this cause.
Although I’m an advocate of seeing art in person, if your December is shaping up to be crazy busy like mine is, you can view, bid on, and buy the art from the comfort of your living room. All the bidding is handled from an app that you download to your phone. After you place a bid, you’re notified when someone outbids you, giving you an opportunity to bid again–perhaps while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store. If you don’t want to chance that someone may outbid you, the artists have also provided a “buy it now” price, which is less than the value of the art.
The Avenue recently published a preview of 20 of the hundreds of works that will be available during the three-day silent auction. Eventually, this page will be populated with all of the available pieces and their current bids. I was pleased to see that one of my pieces was selected for the preview.
Mark your calendar now, and get ready to help build new affordable homes!