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Kirkland Arts Center benefit auction raises $130,000
The Kirkland Arts Center raised more than $130,000 during its fifth annual REDUX benefit auction on Oct. 5.
More than 200 people filled the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue to sustain and support the center’s programs and outreach, as well as the continued preservation of its historic landmark building. This year, the Kirkland Arts Center celebrates 51 years of establishment as a pillar of the Kirkland community and the predominant art center in Eastside Seattle.
Thanks to more than 60 local artists who provided the backdrop for an art installation, and the generosity of many individuals and businesses, the live and silent auctions were able to generate real energy and funds during the bidding process. An auction committee and numerous enthusiastic volunteers worked tirelessly to make the event a spectacular success.
And, the center could not have accomplished REDUX without the very generous support of its sponsors, including Washington Holdings, Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Foster Pepper, Main Street Property Group, Stuart Silk Architects and Museum Quality Framing.
“I am excited to see such strong support of this community treasure, and grateful to be able to start much needed repair work to our building and implement additional art programs,” said the center’s Executive Director Pamela Kirk Rembold.
Kirkland Arts Center promotes artistic mastery and public participation in the visual arts through innovative classes, contemporary exhibitions and events.
The organization was founded as the Creative Arts League in 1962 by a group of artists and citizens interested in providing local opportunities in the arts and concerned about the preservation of a Kirkland landmark, the Peter Kirk Building.
For more than 50 years, the Kirkland Arts Center has owned and maintained this historic structure and transformed it into an exhibition gallery, community arts studio and education facility serving students of all ages and skill levels.
For more information, go to www.kirklandartscenter.org.