Artists' Challenge Art Sale

It began as overheard snippets of conversion in Bellingham, Washington more than ten years ago. “… fundraiser… artists… 30 pieces in 30 days, sold for $30 each…” That was enough to inspire local fundraiser Fhyre Phoenix to approach The Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka with a new project: The Artists’ Challenge.
Libby Maynard, executive director for the Ink People, became intrigued and gave the green light. Since the very successful first show, the Challenge has been issued several times, and has now involved nearly 200 artists, resulting in more than 4,000 new works of art. Since the first year, the Challenge was amended to challenge artists to each create 15 works of art in 30 days.
Visual artists of all ages, styles and levels of experience have stepped forward to challenge themselves to develop techniques that allow them to create with greater speed and efficiency, all while maintaining or improving quality. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, block prints, mosaics, and all manner of visual media has been created on a variety of themes, displayed, and affordably sold at The Ink People.
This year’s art will be sold for $45, $60 or $75 each, depending on the size of the work. Two thirds of the sale price goes directly to the artist while the remaining one-third goes to support The Ink People and its many art-related projects.
The exhibit will be held at The Ink People’s new home located at 525 7th Street in Eureka. The show opens at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd, the night of Arts Alive! and closes on Saturday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m.. For those wanting to see and perhaps purchase artwork, entry into the show is free. However, those who want the first shot at seeing and purchasing their favorite pieces of art, with less competition from other buyers, can enter the gallery as an “early bird” at 5:00 p.m. on December 2nd for a $10 fee.