Here's another photo of my paintings for sale at the silent auction on the night of the Gala Evening. Here's how the sale works. Palette Sponsors buy a ticket to attend pre-planned events involving meeting the artists, watching the artists paint, trolley tours to painting artists, and sometimes accompanied by sumptuous buffets with drinks.
On the opening night, artists have their best three or four paintings on the wall for sale. The gallery is all ablaze with flowers and a wonderful buffet of food, with outdoor and indoor bars, and music. The Palette Sponsors have first chance to buy the paintings in one of two ways. The artists price is displayed on the tags on the wall. During the first hour of the Gala, a buyer can purchase a painting directly for an additional 15% over the listed price simply by writing their name on the sheet. If a buyer really wants a certain painting, that is the time to buy it. After that first hour, a silent auction begins, and continues for two hours, with each of four sections of the paintings closing in 15 minute increments during the last hour.
I sold the two paintings at the bottom during the opening minutes of the Gala Preview and was fortunate to meet the folks that bought them.