Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Silent Auction to Benefit the Flagler county Education Foundation -- Stuff Bus


FLAGLER BEACH, FL Ocean Books and Art launches its newest art show “Holidays in Flagler” with a silent auction to benefit the Flagler County Education Foundation. The opening of the month long show is Friday, December 6th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at 200 S. Oceanshore Boulevard in Flagler Beach.

The gallery’s artists have selected specific pieces of their work for the silent auction, with each having a reserve price above which bids will be accepted. The silent auction will conclude at 8:00 pm and winning bids will be announced at 8:30. Bidders do not have to be present to win.

Gallery owner Frank Gromling wanted the December art show to benefit a local charity during the holiday season. Photographic artist Ed Siarkowicz and wood sculptor Tim Murphy volunteered to search for an appropriate charity and arrange the affair. They selected the Flagler County Education Foundation because of its successful programs to help the county’s school children.

The Foundation’s well-known “STUFF Bus” project will be an active part of the art opening on the 6th.  Anyone wanting to make donations of new items, such as, crayons, pens/pencils, notebooks, paper, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, tennis shoes, underwear, socks, and toiletry items, may bring them to the bus parked outside the gallery during the opening event.

Deborah Williams, executive director of the Flagler County Education Foundation, said , “We’re delighted when businesses and individuals include us in their events. Of course, we love the donations, but more importantly it’s a time to make new friends. We hope people will stop by, hop on board the bus and talk to our extraordinary volunteers Pat Bueltman and Scott Combs.”

Flagler Beach’s First Friday “Holiday at the Beach” is also on December 6th, with a variety of fun events for the entire family on Veterans Park, just 200 feet from Ocean Books and Art. The gallery’s “Holidays in Flagler” art opening reception is from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and the art show will continue through December 31st.

Mary Jean  Campanellie/

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