I'll get to the funny story in just a bit.
First let me say this was my first time participating in and attending the "Bricks Along The Journey" event which raises money for the Ellen B. Ganson Memorial Foundation funding Breast Cancer Research, Education, Advocacy and Patient Support in the Cincinnati Area. Bricks are donated to artists as the "canvas" for their art, those works are then donated back and included in the silent auction event that happened today.The artist works are amazing and generous, this year the event had over 450 bricks to auction. The tables held anywhere from 10-20 bricks, each one intrinsically unique to the artist that made it.
It took a while but I finally found my Circus Train Car (no bids yet but it was still early).
I had to take some pictures of the amazing variety. Most were beautifully painted...
but then there were other styles too...like this sculpture...
..I really admired this piece (must be the mixed media lover in me)... the title "Wellness, it's what's for dinner"
There were several in this style from artists taking a mosaics class in Colorado.
The whole event was enlightening and really well done.
You read down this far you must really want to know my funny story...
After walking each table and viewing all the bricks it was time for Barb and I to take a little break. We found a table and were enjoying a snack when in the background we hear someone at the podium mention something about a circus brick. Looking across the room there is Howard Ain, a local weather man for Channel 12, speaking with Liz Bonis another news correspondent. They were in search of this 'circus brick' but they're pointing to the far side of the room, not anywhere near where my brick was placed. I'm sitting there thinking..."really another circus themed brick...". Somehow I got up the nerve to ask if they were referring to my circus train car, Yup that's what they were looking for...Howard Ain went on to say how he had seen it in their studio the day before and really liked it. Then it got really funny (because I am not at all fond of attention) he pulled me up on stage ...YIKES! He wanted me to share my inspiration for the piece (did I mention I'm trying to get over this darn cold and have almost no voice) Luckily Barb got a picture of this humorous moment. All this hoopla did generate some interest in my little train car and that is very exciting, though I don't know how how much it went for in the end. We decided it was best to head out a little early because it is very important to get home before the disgruntled Bengals fans get on the roads.
To see many more pictures from the auction just blog hop over to Barb's .