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The Studio Door to host virtual art silent auction

The Studio Door in Hillcrest will host a virtual art auction on May 1-2 to help keep art alive in San Diego.

As part of The San Diego Arts + Culture Challenge and with the support of noted American Artist Hyacinthe Baron, The Studio Door is stepping up to meet the challenge and raise funds through a special Art + Culture Art Auction, which will be held on-line on May 1 & 2. The auction will take place execlusively on Facebook.

American Master fine artist Hyacinthe Baron has donated two works of art for this event to help the effort as well as support the gallery, which is facing its own challenges during the pandemic. Local artists have also stepped up with their own contributions to support the auction. Ten works of fine art will be auctioned in this first effort. If the community responds positively to this effort, The Studio Door plans to hold additional auctions in the upcoming months.

The proceeds of the auction will be split with 50% given to San Diego’s Arts & Culture Challenge, 30% directly supporting participating artists, and 20% will go to help The Studio Door keep its storefront open to the public.

For over six years, The Studio Door has stood as an independent in San Diego’s commercial art industry. Working as a small business, leading by example, the gallery has encouraged and assisted thousands of artists to engage in creative commerce. Before COVID-19, over 100 artists utilize the Studio Door's storefront to generate sales income through working studios, exhibition & sales, professional development, artist-lead workshops and additional programming.

The silent auction will go live on Friday, May 1 at 12 noon on Facebook on The Studio Door’s event page for the Art + Culture Art Auction. The auction will run through Saturday, May 2, ending at 6 pm. All items will include incremental bids and a “Buy It Now” feature.