Headlands Center for the Arts, housed in several repurposed military buildings in the Marin Headlands, held its annual art auction and fundraiser with a goal of raising $500,000 — which it exceeded by $180,000. Funds raised will support the center’s multidisciplinary artist programs ranging from visual arts to music, dance, videography and creative storytelling.
The virtual event, held June 2, was streamed live from the David Ireland House in San Francisco and featured a dynamic program developed in collaboration with Fog Beast, a Bay Area dance-based live-art organization directed by Melecio Estrella and Andrew Ward. It included performances both previously filmed on location at Headlands and streamed live during the event.
June 2 also kicked off the launch of the organization’s two-week art auction, beginning with a live paddle raise on the night of the event and continuing online until June 16. The auction featured more than 75 artworks by internationally-recognized artists, and was hosted by Headlands Executive Director Mari Robles and Director of Fine Arts at Bonhams San Francisco, Aaron Bastian. Artists participating in the live and silent auction events received up to 50% commission on the sale of their work — with Headlands returning more than $125,000 back to the artists.
Since opening in 1982, as part of a collaboration with the National Park Service, the Headlands Center for the Arts has supported more than 1,600 artists in a variety of mediums. The works created at the center have been internationally recognized and featured in museum, galleries, theaters, bookshelves and public spaces around the world. The center is open to the public for tours.
The Headlands Center for the Arts 2021 Auction committee was co-chaired by Melissa Barber, Lizelle Green, Jessica Silverman and Evie Simon. Event sponsors included Compass, Seiler LLP, JP Morgan Private Bank and Marine Layer.
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Donna Berry Glass is a freelance writer in Marin County who writes mostly about family and kid-oriented topics. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring the natural beauty of Marin, snuggling with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel while reading a good book or whipping up something delicious in her space-challenged kitchen. Donna is a supporter of the California Academy of Sciences, a world class science museum and research institution, and the Institute on Aging which provides much needed services to seniors and disabled individuals.