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OSC art auction is in 23rd year
The focus of this years annual Officers' Spouses Club Charity Art Auction on Saturday, February 16th will be a wide variety of styles and media from our Pacific Northwest, Whidbey Island and aspiring military artists. The diversity of items available will be impressive this year, with the emphasis being an effort to expose the wide array of talent and forms of expression that exist locally. Previewing and Silent Auction bidding will begin at 6PM. The live auction will begin precisely at 7:45PM as the silent auction ends. Admission is $12, to include champagne and hors doeurves for all throughout the evening. The auction is for All Hands, and the public is cordially invited. Door prizes will also be given away during the auction. Non-Military persons may call 279-1551 for information on entering NAS Whidbey Island the night of the auction.
Many well known and acclaimed artists will be featured, such as J. Brosnahan, S. Swendson, J. Valdez, L. Mason, J. Wood Bowman, T. Basrack, C. Mangutz, J. Bergsma and P. Woodfin just to name a few. Some notable military artists will be participating as well: N. Hall, C. Patterson, D. Smith, E. Lien, L. Rhodenbaugh, S. Johnson and B. Schumm. These artists, and many others, specialize in the following media: Oil, Acrylic, Water Color, Pen & Ink, Charcoal, Collage, Photography, Ceramic, Wood, Glass, Mixed Media, etc. With a price range of $20 - $1000 on items, chances are you will find something that falls within your budget. Remember, a portion of all sales goes to OSCs generous charity fund.
This auction is OSCs largest fundraiser of the year for its charity fund that is dispersed annually between many local and national social service organizations as well as local spouses and students in the form of educational scholarships. In 2001, OSC gave $8K in scholarships and $6K in donations to organizations such as the Oak Harbor School District, Partnership with Youth, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Oak Harbor, Compassionate Friends of Whidbey Island, DARE, WAIF, CADA and the American Red Cross.