PORT TOWNSEND — A curated selection of 22 framed postcards from the Port Townsend School of the Arts’ Postcards From Home exhibit will be auctioned off online beginning Wednesday.
Bidding will be open until July 15, with a link to the auction site at PtArts.org. All proceeds will benefit PtSA students through programs and scholarships.
The collection features art in media of all types including watercolor, acrylic, pencil, fiber, collage and photography.
The postcards are framed shadow-box style with archival mounting and are on display at Port Townsend School of the Arts (PtSA) Grover Gallery, 236 Taylor St. Details and images of each original art work are available at PtArts.org.
The opening bid for each original art work is $40, with bidding increments of $5. The top bidder July 15 wins the artwork.
The Postcards from Home community exhibit featured nearly 300 artistic expressions from over 250 artists and was on display in the windows of PtSA Grover Gallery and Northwind Arts Center from March 20 through May 29, said Teresa Verraes, executive director, in a press release.
“The heartfelt and eclectic exhibit reflected Port Townsend School of the Arts call to artists to send in creative art postcards to inspire hope and resilience during the time of Stay Home, Stay Safe,” she said. “Artists of all ages responded with enthusiasm.
“Now, for a limited time, a curated selection of 22 postcards will be available for bidding by auction.”
The framed postcards are from artists Rose Burt, Larry Crockett, Victoria Foster Harrison, Millie Henry, Barbara Houshmand, Mikestro Industries, Meg Kaczyk, Carolyn Latteier, Anne McBride, Linda Power, Susan Sawatzky, Shelly Sazama, Arendt Speser, Sue Stanton, Dana Sullivan, Terry Sweeney, Vickie Townsend, Jonah Trople, Toby Warren and two anonymous artists.
In addition to the online auction, PtSA is selling the more than 200-page “Postcards From Home: The Book.”
The book’s introduction is by writer and photographer Kerry Tremain.
“… A postcard is an artifact from a distant place. It is not an email or a text message or a selfie,” he said.
“I hold the pen in my hand and begin writing on the stiff paper, pausing, trying to think what will make you smile or laugh.”