yART Sale

With spring on the horizon, many Auburn residents may be looking for a way to declutter and reduce their stockpiles of stuff while others may be in the market for a few new pieces to bring home. 

This local organization has just the right kind of idea.

The Auburn Arts Association (AAA) was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit, volunteer, community-based art organization with the objective of promoting arts education. Alongside the Jan Dempsey Community Art Center (JDCAC), both organizations hold a series of art related events yearly to exhibit art in the Auburn community, like CityFest, the SummerNight Downtown Art Walk and the Holiday Art Sale. This year, the AAA wanted to take a creative spin on a traditional event — hosting Auburn’s first yART sale.

A play on a "yard sale," the yART Sale will be held at Jan Dempsey Community Art Center located off Opelika Road on Feb. 8 beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. 

The sale will feature second-hand art pieces. Guests can enjoy a variety of breakfast treats, coffee and other beverages while taking a look at quirky collectibles, home décor and other items, all donated by AAA members. Sarah Roland, the public relations intern for the JDCAC, says the center is excited to collaborate with AAA for the event. 

“I think we are all excited to see the turnout,” said Roland. “It’s a lot of great pieces being donated so it’s a little bit of something for everybody.”

Some of the pieces attendees can expect to see include original art work from AAA members, decorative dishes and bowls, one-of-a-kind memorabilia such as a tin painting featuring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, and plenty more. 

All proceeds from the yART sale will serve as a donation to the AAA, helping fund cooperative art education programs in the Auburn community. The programs, which include art camps, professional opportunities for local artists, technical and financial assistance, scholarships and the AAA’s exhibition program, are just a small portion of the organization’s  commitment to “community through the arts." The AAA, which works closely with JDCAC year-round, hopes the event will bring attention to the association’s goal to enhance Auburn’s cultural life.

“Auburn residents have two events to look forward to,” Roland said. “With Empty Bowls happening Feb. 1 and the yART show happening the next weekend on the 8th, I think we will be seeing a lot of cool art and culture that Auburn has to offer.”

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