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New marketing for rare Re-Use-It donation

Gallery owner steps in, helps move Canadian art piece



Three out of four valuable pieces of art that recently came into the Re-Use-It Centre in Function Junction have new homes.

New owners have snapped up three of the works while a fourth will hopefully find a home over the holiday season through a new marketing approach.

Re-Use-It manager Cheryl Skribe announced this summer that four rare works left with the centre would be auctioned off. While the high-end art market isn't a customer base the Re-Use-It Centre is accustomed to serving, the Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) received the proceeds from three sales.

Penny Eder of the White Dog Studio Gallery is stepping in to help move the final piece by featuring it in what she is calling Art — Out with the Old. Starting Dec. 29, Eder is launching an art auction at her White Dog Studio Gallery in Function Junction. The auction is designed to give art lovers a chance to part with old art works and pick up new pieces.

The artwork Skribe was trying to sell through the Re-Use-It Centre is by Canadian artist Clare Bice and the piece is called

Yellow White and Gold."That piece did not sell, so the WCSS and the White Dog Studio Gallery are collaborating on this and future pieces as a way to gain some credibility for the art," said Eder.

Lorna Van Straaten, the executive director with WCSS, is a friend of Eder and Van Straaten's jewelry creations are sold at the White Dog studio. Together the pair concluded that featuring the Bice art work in the Art — Out with the Old event made sense.

Eder is encouraging art owners who want to make room for new pieces by clearing out some old art to bring the old works to her studio for evaluation before Dec. 29. From that date through to Jan. 3 all the art brought in for auctioning will be available to view and bids will be accepted.

Eder said she plans to put a minimum bid of $750 on the work by Bice. She noted that along with the art by Bice the holiday auction would include at least one sculpture and seven other pieces of art.

Eder pointed out that works by Bice have sold at auction for up to $2,500.Bice died in 1976 and in his life he wrote and illustrated children's books while also working as a curator. Bice's body of work includes landscapes and portraits.

He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1973 for his contribution to the arts."It's got some really interesting writing on the back," said Eder. "He absolutely was a very thorough artist to have everything documented."

Eder believes the piece was the 16th piece he made in 1976. The Bice painting and the other pieces will be sold through a silent auction.