COS PrintWorks Club to Host Annual Art Auction February 28

Proceeds from sales at the PrintWorks Club Auction will go to printmaking scholarships and programs.
Proceeds from sales at the PrintWorks Club Auction will go to printmaking scholarships and programs.

The College of the Sequoias PrintWorks Club is hosting its annual art auction on Friday, February 28. The event will feature both a silent and live auction. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Artwork will be on display at 3:30pm, and at 5pm a silent auction will begin. At 7pm, an auctioneer will be present and the live auction will start.

Prints by artists from throughout the United States will be available for purchase, many of whom previously served as visiting artists of the printmaking program at COS. In addition, there will be prints available by current and former faculty, students and program alumni.

The auction will raise money for scholarships to help COS printmaking students attend workshops and conferences, provide funds for the visiting artist program, and help with the purchase of tools and equipment for the program.

Four types of printmaking are taught at COS: lithography, intaglio printing, woodblock printing and screen printing. All of these processes demand significant practice for students, and often require costly materials. COS printmaking alumni and former club members are seeing tremendous success in their lives beyond COS, due, in part, to the very opportunities the PrintWorks Club provides.

COS PrintWorks is a club made up of students who take printmaking classes at College of the Sequoias. Some students are involved for the activity aspect of working with their hands and having a place on campus to try the craft. Other students participate because they are heavily interested in pursuing a career in art and plan to transfer to finish their bachelor’s and even master’s degrees in printmaking. The PrintWorks Club is involved in the community, participating in Taste the Arts Festival and Taking Art to the Streets event, as well as exhibiting artwork during the First Fridays Art Walk and other art exhibitions.

The auction will take place in the COS Art Gallery, Room 214 of the Kaweah building on the Visalia campus. Parking will be available in the lot on the corner of Mooney and Meadow.

All proceeds are considered tax-deductible donations. This art auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for the PrintWorks Club.

Kevin Bowman is the director of Arts Visalia.

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