|Inside Czar, looking toward entrance. Art on right, bar left.|
I was at an Occupy Tampa site & listened to an impassioned young woman talk about the role of art in the movement, and suggest an art auction as a fundraiser. Her name was Lauren Howland. I signed up on the mailing list, and began receiving emails. The auction became a reality, and found a host at Czar, at 1420 E. Seventh Ave.
I didn't have much time that evening, but here is my report:
|Bidder writing in bid.|
In the first long room inside Czar, the art was hung on the wall opposite the bar. There was a good number of people hanging out and having a good time. It was a silent auction, so each work had a pad of paper so bidders cold write their bids.
|Watercolor by Marylin Manson|
There was quite a variety of art in several media on auction. This was one of several beautiful, jewel-like watercolors by Marylin Manson.
|Mike McCormick, "Body of Resonance"|
On the left is "Body of Resonance", by Mike McCormick, an oil and acrylic fantasy landscape.
|Denise Howland, "Speckled Clay I"|
There were a few ceramic pieces, like "Speckled Clay I", by Denise Howland, a beautiful bowl in two glazes with some design characters in a gold color.
|Woman in dress made of (toy) $100 dollar bills|
At one point we were ushered through a couple of cavernous rooms in Czar, some looking like an XXXL version of something in Twin Peaks to where the bands were going to play, but alas, I had to run. Congratulations to all the artists, Lauren Howland, and Occupy Tampa for a good first fundraiser/art auction, all for a worthy cause, and to Czar for hosting.