Oakland Art Murmur is gearing up for Flourish Oakland, its annual fundraising party and art auction.

More than thirty works of art will be offered for sale in a silent auction, with bids starting at 50% off regular retail prices, being held Saturday October 11 at Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street in Uptown, Oakland.

The evening will celebrate more than just visual arts, with live Jazz from The Oakland Manouche Project, and cameos by Oakland Ballet dancers. Food from chef Daniel Patterson’s Haven and Plum Bar will highlight the culinary arts, complemented by desserts from Sweet Bar Bakery and drinks donated by Trumer Pils and Blue Moon. Former KPIX news anchor and artist Dana King will be the Master of Ceremonies, and over $3,000 in raffle prizes, containing gift certificates to Oakland’s top restaurants and entertainment venues, will be awarded.

The highlight of the auction will be Pop Artist Mel Ramos’ “Batman” woodcut print, donated by Magnolia Editions. Undoubtedly Oakland’s most famous artist, Ramos has a devoted and growing international base of collectors who have been snapping up prints from his Superman and Batman editions, released earlier this summer. At this point, only a few prints remain unsold, and they are currently being held by Magnolia for placement in museums and prominent collections.

The Flourish Oakland auction therefore represents a rare opportunity to acquire this sought-after work, and to potentially do so at a price well below market value. Like other works in the auction, this piece is available for advance purchase, at a “buy it now” price of retail plus 10% ($5,830). If it is not sold under “buy it now” terms, it will be offered at the October 11th auction with bidding starting at $2,650.

The auction will present many more affordable works as well, sourced from OAM’s member galleries and donated by the artists themselves. Prices will start at $40 for a drawing made at the event by an “Artist in Action,” and one wall will be filled with works priced under $500 (with bids starting as low as $100). “This auction presents a wonderful opportunity for both seasoned collectors and those new to collecting to acquire works by artists with gallery representation at very modest prices,” explains Danielle Fox, Co-Director of SLATE contemporary gallery and one of the auction’s organizers. Fox also recommends using the auction as a kickoff for holiday shopping, as small artworks make unique, and very personal, locally-sourced gifts.

Proceeds from the event will support Oakland Art Murmur’s website (which compiles information about exhibitions and events taking place at over 40 visual art venues in Oakland each month), their printed gallery guides, and their monthly free guided gallery walking tour program, and special family programming, which encourage visitors of all ages to explore Oakland’s creative culture.

For further information about the auction, or to place absentee bids on the Mel Ramos piece only, contact danielle@slateart.net.

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