On Saturday the 22nd of October, an art auction fundraiser was held in the basement of the Amsterdam Caf? at 301 West Hastings St. in Vancouver.
Starting at 9pm, the auction was a success right away, with in excess of a hundred people attending. This gave local artists plenty exposure with their political artworks. The aim was to raise money for the court battles against extradition that local canna-celebrities Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey, and Greg Williams are involved in.
The event came together on a budget of just $300! Once the word was out, there was tons of support from the local artistic community. It just goes to show how strong and supportive we are as a group, when we come together for one goal.
The theme of the atmosphere was ?down the rabbit hole?. To give the space a touch of whimsy, there was a bar, live DJs, and insane raffle prizes all contributed from various places, such as Vinyl Records, the BC Compassion Club Society, the BC Marijuana Party Bookstore, Blunt Bros, and David Malmo-Levine (the auctioneer).
Nine local artists donated ? for cost price or for free ? several pieces each to sell in a classic old style auction. From this, they raised over $1000! Roughly 15 pieces were sold out of 27 from display.
The auction kicked off at 10:30 pm with bidding starting a little slow. As things progressed, everyone started getting a feel for it, and the bidding and bid-offs started. Funnily enough, the art that was not for sale seemed to attract the most attention. David was, as usual, very good at whipping up enthusiasm for the particular pieces.
The mood was chill, and everyone left with something: an inspiration, an insight, a look through someone else?s eyes, and a good high!
Many thanks to Tasha and the crew at the Amsterdam Caf? for helping organize this event, and raising a good amount of money ? one of the best donations yet! We hope that others can emulate this art auction fundraiser, because it not only aids the BC3, it benefits the people and the morale of the cannabis community, including artists, local businesses, and activists.