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Pilchuck Auction a Dazzling Success

by Lisa Huff (11/16/08).

On the evening of October 29, the famous Pilchuck Glass School held its 30th annual fundraising auction at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. And it was a beautiful night for beautiful art-glass collectibles. This was a black-tie event where guests were invited to bid for world-class art produced by international students and teachers of the Pilchuck Glass School. The proceeds of the auction benefit the Washington State art school’s educational and artistic programs.

Philanthropists, fine-art buyers, community leaders and famous glass artists were in attendance, while online bidders followed the action live via high-definition video produced by Auction Network.

“Tabac Basket with Drawing Shards and Oxblood Body Wrap” by Dale Chihuly (sold for $17,500)

The entire fourth-floor ballroom held displays of more than 350 stunning art-glass objects. Slow, cool jazz tunes played live as guests mingled among the exhibits, enjoying appetizers and cocktails, admiring the brilliant art on display and placing “silent” bids” on more than 250 objects of glass art. The silent bidding ended as dinner was served.

Finely appointed dining tables encircled a large raised platform where the auctioneer, Kip Toner, dazzled the audience and encouraged bidding. Tuxedoed servers provided food and wine as some 70 glass-art objects were presented to the audience, one by one, for live auction. The guests bid happily and competitively, raising more than $800,000 for the school. It was an eye-dazzling event successfully orchestrated to help fund the important work being done at Pilchuck.

(left) “Twisted” (2008) by Richard Royal (sold for $17,000); (right) “Rolling Around” (2008) by David Bennett ($17,500)

Pilchuck Glass School is recognized worldwide as a leader in art education in the medium of glass. Established in 1971 by famed artist Dale Chihuly, benefactors Anne Gould Hauberg and John H. Hauberg, Pilchuck is now an international center for glass-art education. The school operates under the visionary methods of Mr. Chihuly and is now co-chaired by him and Leslie Jackson Chihuly.

“Bear Hat” (2008) by Preston Singletary (sold for $17,000)

For further information concerning support, educational programs, future events, etc., call the Pilchuck Glass School at 206-621-8422.

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