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AfA Gallery in Scranton hosts holiday auction of artwork, handmade dishware, and more on Nov. 18

AfA Gallery in Scranton hosts holiday auction of artwork, handmade dishware, and more on Nov. 18
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From a press release:

The annual AfA Gallery Holiday Auction to benefit the downtown Scranton gallery will be held this Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., offering a festive and artistic kickoff to the holiday season.

With a variety of artwork and experience items up for auction at the AfA Gallery (514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton), there is something for everyone on your Christmas list. The evening will have an exciting and social atmosphere, starting with a cocktail hour with refreshments and light fare and ending with a live auction where everything on the walls must go.

Items up for auction include a human skull bowl made from food-safe material by Jeremy Ciliberto of Catacomb Culture, a beautiful batik of downtown Scranton at night by Judith Youshock, a tea set handmade from porcelain clay by Mark Chuck Studios, and a painting by Rhonda Morrison, all pictured below. A holiday train excursion with the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society and a one-year membership to the American Wine Society are also available.

This year’s feature raffle piece is “Flower Child No. 8” by Paul Plumadore, a hand-cut paper collage displayed with a white mat in a white frame. Raffle tickets, which are $2 for one or $5 for three, are available during regular gallery hours and at the door.

Tickets for the auction are $25 and can be purchased in advance via Ticketleap. Patrons can also RSVP by calling 570-969-1040.

Artists for Art was founded in 1988 as a regional visual artists’ organization whose purpose is to promote the appreciation of the visual arts and to provide support for regional visual artists.

AfA is a venue for rotating monthly exhibits of artwork by regional artists. The works of artists from outside this region are also exhibited to broaden the community’s exposure to the arts. Other art-related events such as workshops, poetry readings, lectures, figure drawing sessions, and performance art also take place at the gallery.

On the second Saturday of every month, AfA hosts a series of educational programs. This includes workshops, artist talks, and demonstrations from exhibiting artists and artists in the community.

AfA’s Third Tuesday Life Drawing group provides self-guided sessions with a nude model for artist of all experience levels. These two-hour-long sessions provide opportunity for artists to improve their observational drawing skills as well as getting a better understanding of the human form at a nominal cost.

The funding for AfA comes from a variety of sources. Membership dues, proceeds from fundraising including the annual auction, and commissions from works sold in the gallery are all important sources of revenue. Additional funding comes through corporate sponsorship and grants from sources such as the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department.

Above all, AfA is supported through the donation of goods and services from members. All of AfA’s activities, from structural organization to routine maintenance of the building, are done on a volunteer basis. The time, expertise, and energy donated by AfA members are crucial to the survival of the organization.