Man alive, it’s ‘Arts ALIVE’

Art pieces including Augusta Asberry’s “Dancing Lady” are made ready for auction at the Norm Dicks Government Center. - Photo by Steve DeDual
Art pieces including Augusta Asberry’s “Dancing Lady” are made ready for auction at the Norm Dicks Government Center.
— image credit: Photo by Steve DeDual

The Kitsap County YWCA is preparing to auction off artwork by northwest artists in their latest fund raising campaign dubbed “Arts ALIVE” which will be held Oct. 26 at the Norm Dicks Government Center at 6 p.m. and will benefit the YWCA’s ALIVE (Alternative to Living In a Violent Environment) shelter which houses women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

The art auction will feature paintings, jewelry, fabric, pottery, metal sculpture, glass and more including pieces donated by Olympic High School students John Adamson, Elizabeth Curry, Max Hall, Michelle Morrill, Derek Orn and Gina Mari Poniente as well as work done by the late Augusta Asberry, a Bremerton artist famed for her “off-balanced arrangement of designs, color and motion.”

Asberry donated, for a YWCA anniversary, a painting that hangs in the lobby of their building.

Tracy McConaughy, a YWCA board member and chair for this event said that Asberry was very supportive of the idea to have an art auction and spent time helping to make the event a reality before she passed away earlier this year. Her painting “Dancing lady” will be sold at the auction.

“Her husband and sister brought that in while she was in the hospital,” McConaughy said. “She was an artist who supported even the concept of what we were trying to do.”

McConaughy said that although there have been previous programs to raise money for the YWCA and the ALIVE shelter, this type of fund-raiser is a first for them.

“There was a strawberries, chocolate and champagne auction as well as during the week without violence in October every year they had a luncheon,” McConaughey said. “This is the first year of Arts Alive, the inaugural art auction.”

McConaughy said the event has been sponsored by the city of Bremerton and many local businesses and is being presented by the Suquamish tribe and Port Madison Enterprises, both of whom donated $5,000 each to the event, and all proceeds will benefit the program.

“Every penny will go to the ALIVE shelter,” she said.

Linda Joyce, director of the Kitsap County YWCA , said that along with the art for auction, there will also be expressive art.

“The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Trombango, a latin jazz trio, and the Suquamish tribe will all be performing at the event,” Joyce said.

There are more than 40 pieces ready for auction with more trickling in daily, and the YWCA has set a lofty yet achievable goal.

“Our bookkeeper said we need $20,000 from the event, but the goal is $30,000,” Joyce said.

Admission to the event is $25, and reservations can be made by calling (360) 479-0522.

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