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Cortland Arts Celebration Auction goes Online

The Cultural Council of Cortland County presents the “Cortland Arts Celebration Auction” online at The auction will continue online through November 21 and then go live at the 2nd Annual Arts Celebration Dinner Saturday, November 22, at the Corey Union Building on the SUNY Cortland Campus.

The auction contains over 45 items by local artists with new items being added daily. Site visitors are invited to bid for the purchase of high-quality art work from local artists for the holiday season without leaving home. "All works have been generously donated by artists who support the Cultural Council," explains David Beale, Executive Director. "The quality of the work is both a testament to our artist community and to the enthusiastic support the Cultural Council receives." The funds raised from the auction will be earmarked for fostering the arts and culture in and around Cortland County.

The user-friendly auction web site works much as Ebay does. The bidder can enter a straight bid on any item, or a maximum bid that will increase by the smallest increment needed to be high bidder up to the designated Maximum Bid. Maximum Bids can be increased at any time. Bidders can receive notifications of bids and overbids by email.

The online auction will culminate in a live event during the 2nd Annual Arts Celebration Dinner held at the Corey Union Building on SUNY Cortland Campus Saturday, November 22. A Preview with hors-d’oeuvres begins at 6 pm, with a buffet dinner at 7 pm. The Live Auction will begin at 7:45 pm. Tickets, $30 each or $55 per couple, must be purchased in advance. There will be both a live auction and silent auction of items. Online bidders not attending the dinner auction can register an Absentee Maximum Bid online that will be made by a stand-in proxy during the live event. Tickets, which should be purchased by November 14, are available at The Picture House, 85 Homer Ave, in Cortland. They can also be reserved by phone at (607) 753-7786 or by email at

Items include many paintings in various media and styles, sculpture, jewelry, a quilt hanging, an "Elegant Lady" painted on a vintage door, and more. The auction presents an excellent opportunity to support our local culture and economy.

Photo of Fog on Little York Lake by Kathie Beale

Quilt of crows over Court House Park by Mary Hicks

Oil pastel of Bird by Nick Lyon

Oil painting of Farm by Jane Zogg