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Local painting society to hold art auction

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN Special to The Press in Local News

Some profits from event will be used as scholarship for Whitehall High School student

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters is hosting its 27th annual art auction Nov. 4 in the Whitehall High School cafeteria, 2940 MacArthur Road. There will be a preview time starting 1:30 p.m.; the bidding begins 2 p.m.

For the past several years, the auctions were held at Sheckler Elementary School, Catasauqua, but the group changed venues this year in order to generate even more interest. Some of the profits earned from the auction will go toward an art scholarship for a Whitehall High School senior.

The event will feature auctioneer Scott Russell, of Birmingham Auctioneers, and will showcase more than 100 pieces of art available for auction. In observance of National Decorative Painters Month in October, artwork displays are set up in both the Whitehall and Parkland public libraries for viewing.

The Lehigh Valley Decorative Painters became a chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, an international organization of painting enthusiasts, in January 1991. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to generate interest and appreciation for the art of tole and decorative painting.

Decorative painting is defined as a “diverse art form that utilizes a variety of techniques and media to decorate both functional and nonfunctional surfaces.” Tole painting is a style of decorative painting on tin surfaces. The overall scope of decorative painting is diverse, incorporating numerous techniques and styles from the past and present, while developing the art heritage of the future.

Currently, the group in the Lehigh Valley has more than 40 members. The group holds monthly meetings where members can get together for refreshments, announcements and a painting project taught by someone in the group. Typically, you can leave each meeting with a finished project to take home.

The group participates in at least one community project a year, and this year, members are painting bookmarks with proceeds benefiting the local library. The bookmarks will be sold at the auction; and anything unsold will be given to the library to sell. Members also paint memory boxes for women’s shelters each year. Last year, the group painted eyeglass cases and distributed them to residents in a local nursing home.

For more information and for photos, check out the group’s Facebook page under “Lehigh Valley Decorative Painters.” You can also visit the society’s website at lehighvalleydecorativepainters.webs.com.