Art auction slated Friday to sell calendar paintings
Going once, going twice... sold!
It's a phrase that the Shawnee Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee hopes will be heard several times Friday night at the 150 Calendar Art Auction, the first official event for Shawnee's 150th Anniversary. With more than 200 invitations sent out for the auction, Donna Sawyer, chair of the committee, said it should be a great way to kick off the year.
"Since the invitations have gone out, I've talked to a lot of people who are planning to come and who are excited about it," Sawyer said. "Everyone has been very supportive."
The event is designed to raise money for the 150th Heritage Day, planned for Aug. 5, and to reimburse the artists who contributed their works for the 150th calendar, still on sale. Eleven of the 12 original paintings in the calendar will be auctioned off; one painting is already owned by Commerce Bank.
In addition to the paintings, there will be a silent auction for several items such as gift certificates, stays in area hotels and passes to 24-Hour Fitness and Shawnee pools. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and many of the artists will be on hand to personalize their paintings for the buyers.
Calendars are still available at $5 apiece, and the Committee also will provide information on ordering the 150th Anniversary Cookbook, which contains recipes from several Shawnee families, and the book "A Pictorial History of Shawnee."
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pavilion, 7436 Nieman, west of the Big Lots on the northwest corner of 75th and Nieman.