Friday, January 9, 2015

Art to Heart Philippine Typhoon Benefit Auctions

Art to Heart is giving you an opportunity to buy some awesome artwork and movie memorabilia, while at the same time helping those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in November of 2013. The artwork and memorabilia, much of it Pixar-related, is being auctioned off with the proceeds going to International Disaster Volunteers to help rebuild the areas damaged by the typhoon.

There are a couple of auctions you can take part of. The first is an online-only auction that ends Sunday, January 11 at 8pm PST. This auction contains 20 items, many signed by Pixarians. Some of the items up for bid include The Art of A Bug's Life, signed by co-director Andrew Stanton, The Art of Pixar, signed by John Lasseter and Ed Catmull, and a limited edition Brave Merida & Elinor Bear Pin, of which only 650 were made and were sold exclusively by the Pixar Studio Store.

A second online auction featuring original artwork will begin immediately after the first auction ends Sunday and will run until January 15th. This artwork will then go to a live auction at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco on January 16th. The highest bid on each piece during the online auction will become the opening bid for the live auction. They will ship the artwork to the winner if not present for the live auction for $10. Artists such as Dice Tsutsumi, Jason Deamer, Matt Jones and Ricky Nierva have donated artwork.

Typhoon Nina
by Ronnie del Carmen

Which piece catches my eye the most? I'd have to say Typhoon Nina by Ronnie del Carmen. I am a huge fan of Nina and have a couple of books Ronnie has authored and illustrated. I could sit for hours and admire Ronnie's illustrations; there's a depth to Nina's expressions that I find mesmerizing.

So head over to the Art to Heart website and take a look at both auctions and the items up for bid. If you live near San Francisco, the artwork is available for viewing at 111 Minna. And if you're able, make a bid on one of these one-of-a-kind items, and help make a positive impact.

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