Ink People silent auction; Carl Muecke art show Jan. 4-24

The Ink People is hosting a Silent Auction during the month of January featuring art by Carl Muecke. Though his pieces are usually priced around $500, each piece has a small minimum bid of either $10 or $20, and all proceeds from the auction will go to The Ink People. Carl, aside from being the Ink’s current newsletter designer, was also the head graphics designer at UC Berkeley for many, many years.

Carl’s work ranges from the political to the quirky and everything in between. Many of his pieces are 3D sculptures that are not only visually stunning but mentally captivating. From blatant social commentary to subtle nuance, his work will leave you thinking. Whether you’re looking for something that makes a statement, or just sparks a conversation, there is sure to be a piece in the auction for you. All buyers will receive a Certificate Of Authenticity from Carl himself, by sending a request via email (available at the auction).

Of the 26 pieces graciously donated by Carl to benefit Ink, only 10 of them are standard 2-dimensional paintings. Even in this traditional form, however, Carl’s work seems to come alive from the wall. As one gallery attendee said; "I was blown away. There’s one [piece] that shows an obese kid with all of his thoughts coming out of his head that really made me stop and stare for a while. It was really intense." Put another way; if you think 3-dimensional sculpture is the only way to show depth, Carl Muecke’s 2D paintings might just change your mind. Meanwhile, his 3D sculptures will show you just how much depth and meaning can be brought to life by such a talented and experienced artist.

The auction opened at Arts Alive this month, and many pieces already have several bidders pining for them. As the Ink’s own Carrie Maschmeier says; "There are several pieces I’m interested in. I’ve got to make sure I’m there Friday [the 24th], I don’t want to lose out!" Like Carrie; be sure to bid early, and check back frequently to ensure you’re not out-bid on what could (and should!) be the newest addition to your home or work-space.

The show will remain up and bidding will ensue until Friday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Brenda Tuxford Gallery which is located in the newly renovated Healy Building in Old Town Eureka at 325 Second St. Suite 203. Open gallery hours for viewing the show and bidding are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information call 707-442-8413.