In February of 2009 we decided to start the artdc gallery. Before we had access to our space we decided to begin with an auction at our friend’s space, the Wohlfarth Galleries. The owner, Lavinia Wohlfarth, was very generous in helping us set up an auction to raise well-needed funds.
The event was packed with art collectors and artists who bought art. It was a very positive event.
Since our space opened we thought about doing another auction, but we held off. We wanted to grow and increase our connections with more artists and art lovers who want to support our community.
In December 2010 we held our second auction. Again, we had a good number of people attend who were passionate about our community.
We invited Cheryl Edwards to be the auctioneer for both events. Her energy and passion for our project can be felt as the night’s event moved on. We’ll introduce more details about her excitement for art as this site grows.
With lust for art and zeal for excitement, the bidding started. I wanted to get in the mix and bid on two or three items for my personal collection. Cheryl ignored my bids! She knew this was about bringing in external bids rather than letting me raise funds for the gallery from my bank account.
Piece by piece, great work from tremendous DC-area artists including Alexandra Zealand, Christopher Brady, Lisa Rosenstein and Barry Schmetter were sold to collectors.
Toward the end, I couldn’t take it anymore, and I placed a bid for the gallery on a work by Stephen Boocks. Stephen and his wife Lori are both artists. I know her work from the Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle, and I’ve watched Stephen’s work grow as he’s submitted art for a number of our group shows. I knew it was time to acquire one of his pieces for the Gallery’s collection.
Going once. Going twice. Sold to the highest bidder, as the gavel smashed down onto the steel pedestal.
Stephen does an excellent job of juxtaposing his surfaces with objects. You can tell that he cares about his paint. There’s a very subtle rhythm to the tonality, while his choice of a coat hanger is definitely a non-traditional subject.
His core image evolved through his personal quest of healing and a resulting epiphany of structure, which occurred when he dropped a stack of hangers on the floor. Stephen found beauty in this simple accumulation of objects, and decided to study it.
As an artist, I appreciate his obsession with an idea. He has put in effort working his images. He’s developed a habit honing his technique, which takes tremendous effort to work the image, and re-work it till he gets what he wants. He’s created a solid series based on a set core subject idea.