Gather Vashon, a new gallery featuring the work of island artists, is auctioning off “Seahorse,” a large sculpture by Vashon artist David Erue, which 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, such as 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, came 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 have suggested 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 were tallied and the charity chosen Tuesday, after press time.
Online bidding for the piece starts at 10 a.m. June 20, at 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, in downtown Vashon, shows works by Vashon artists, including potter Liz Lewis, printmaker Brian Fisher and jeweler Eric Heffelfinger. Art classes and demonstrations, book clubs, salons, knitting groups and other community events also take place in the shop.