Gather Vashon, a new gallery featuring the work of island artists, has announced that it will auction off “Seahorse,” a large sculpture by Vashon artist David Erue, that has drawn attention, admiration and selfie-takers to the exhibition space.
The sculpture is a bigger-than-life example of Erue’s use of everyday items like forks, chains, wrenches and motorcycle spokes, and is suitable for either indoor or outdoor exhibition.
Gather Vashon owners Kathy Raines and Whitney Rose, along with Erue, have come up with a democratic, crowd-sourced twist to the auction — they will let islanders vote on where the money goes.
“We thought, why not let the community decide?” Raines said.
Islanders can suggest a charity to receive the proceeds of the auction by visiting Gather Vashon’s Instagram or Facebook pages, and leaving a comment with the name of a charity on the “Seahorse” post. Suggestions will be tallied and the charity will be chosen after 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.
Online bidding for the piece will start at 10 a.m. June 20, at http://bit.ly/erueseahorse.
“Seahorse” is valued at $8,750. Bidding will start at $4,000, and anything raised over $4,500 will be donated to the community-selected charity.
The auction, said Raines, is Gather Vashon’s way of supporting both artists and the broader community.
Gather Vashon is located in the same downtown space as The Heron’s Nest, an art consignment gallery that was run by Vashon Center for the Arts for many years. Raines and Rose, former managers of the Nest, took over the space after VCA closed the shop late in 2017.