Artist and patrons came together for two local non-profits, PAWS Assistance Dogs and Friends of Foster Children Forever at a private event hosted by William and Donna Waltrip of Naples. The live art auction was the grand finale for the annual ‘Third on Canvas’ weeklong art event and brought in over $83,000.
The 125 guests who attended the fundraiser enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeurves and a silent auction of select paintings prior to the live auction.
For the past nine years, Third Street South has hosted talented artists from across the country to paint “en plein air” throughout the Old Naples Historic District. The Third Street South neighborhood includes over 50 shops, a dozen restaurants and many historic buildings. This year, 36 talented artists set up their easels and lined the streets to capture the sites and scenes of paradise.
The 12 paintings offered in the live auction included works by Tara Funk Grim, Jan Ellen Atkielski, Michael Kilburn, Leah Wiedemer, Jorge Navaez, Natalie Guess, Phil Fisher, Peter Garon, Lionel Heddy, Larry Golba, Janine Wesselman and Kevin Shea. The highest bid of $10,000 was made for ‘Early Morning Swimmer at Port Royal’ painted by Phil Fisher. Guests continued to bid generously with Jorge Navaez’s ‘Lady with Hat’ selling for $3,100 and Peter Garon’s ‘Splash’ for $3,000.
Proceeds from the event will cover the cost to add another dog to the PAWS Assistance Dogs program which promotes independence for combat wounded veterans and children with life-changing disabilities through partnerships with skilled assistance dogs.
Friends of Foster Children Forever received a portion of the auction proceeds to help provide targeted educational and enrichment opportunities for local foster children. For more information, visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.net.