Fall Northampton Benefit Partner 2019

Marlene Rye sample image - doesn't know what she will donateDavid Mangels "Poets Towers": Kanjia Icefjord, Greenland; 20" x 30" / $395 valuevase - value $300Nancy Donato "Poncho"Charles Eric Reeves, donation for WGBY Silent Art Auction Hollow Form Vessel Turned from Buckeye Burl; 6" high x 3/5" diameterMercedes Nunez "Temple 1033": mixed media/collage, antique lantern slide, stamp, other materials on archival artist paper; framed, 10" x 10"

WGBY, Public Television for Western New England

Benefit Silent Art Auction at Paradise City

WGBY, the public television and PBS member station for Western New England, is this fall’s beneficiary of Paradise City’s popular Silent Art Auction. Many exhibiting artists have generously donated their work to be auctioned each day of the Festival. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will benefit WGBY and its programming and initiatives throughout the region.

Paradise City’s Silent Art Auctions have raised nearly half a million dollars over the years to benefit community causes and non-profits, including the Survival Center, Hospice, Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the International Language Institute, Hospice, the Breast Form Fund, Kestrel Land Trust, arts in education and WGBY Public Television. The beneficiary organization receives all of the proceeds from each Silent Art Auction.

Paradise City and WGBY-TV pair up once again this October to bring an exciting silent art auction of fine art and designer crafts to the PBS viewers of western New England. Images of selected donated works are aired on WGBY throughout the month leading up to the Columbus Day Weekend event. More than one hundred beautiful and valuable pieces have been generously donated by Paradise City artists. The auction tables in Exhibition Building 3 display different works each day, and they close to bidding at exactly 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and 3pm on Monday. WGBY Volunteers will be on hand to help you with your bids.

WGBY connects the diverse people of the western New England region with TV programming, events, and outreach initiatives that educate, entertain, enrich, and improve the neighborhoods making up our community. Become a new WGBY member at the show and receive $10 off a winning bid of $50 or more at the Silent Art Auction Tables. Stop by the WGBY tables at the Festival and join in support of public television.

A select group of especially generous donated works by Paradise City artists will be open for bids all three days. You may even place proxy bids on these items, and you do not have to be in attendance at the show once the auction closes in order to win.

WGBY talks about the annual benefit Silent Art Auction: “One of the great joys of WGBY is the opportunity to work across our region with talented people and committed organizations. This is particularly true of our ten year collaboration with the Paradise City Arts Festival. An exciting and welcoming environment, generous donations from participating artists combined with the extraordinary quality of the work makes our Silent Art Auction especially rewarding. Many of the donor artists and bidders don’t even live in our region, which really underscores everyone’s belief in the importance of public television. The proceeds from these items will help fund station initiatives and educational programming.”

Click here to see a video from Paradise City’s Fall 2017 WGBY Benefit Auction.

WGBY Public Television for western New England broadcasts from atop a mountain in Holyoke, MA. Its signal reaches out through the Berkshires, into Central Connecticut, Southern Vermont and New Hampshire and throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Top to bottom: Marlene Rye, pastel painting; David Mangels, photography; Takashi Ichihara, ceramics; Nancy Donato, wearable fiber; Eric Reeves, woodworking; Mercedes Nunez, 2D mixed media. Images pictured are representative of donations by these exhibitors to the silent auction.