FMAAA sets up auction for needed funding

This silkscreen by Wendell Mohr is just one of the many items up for auction to help benefit Fort Madison Area Arts Association. Courtesy image from FMAAA

BY BRIAN RIGGS
Fort Madison Area Arts Association

FORT MADISON – Ft. Madison Area Arts Association has launched an on-line auction that will culminate on Dec. 7th at 6 pm. 
A committee from the FMAAA Board of Directors has selected 25 items that are currently available for bid on the Fraise Auction website at the following link: https://fraiseauction.hibid.com/catalog/248845/fort-madison-area-art-association-holiday-auction/. 
The reason for the auction is to garner some much needed general operations funding so that FMAAA may make it to the Expressions Art Auction on April 10th 2021.  The lost show that was set for this past April will finalize as long as gathering in numbers is back in action by spring.  The committee selected items that will appeal for Christmas gift giving.  Also, for those folks that have traditionally backed FMAAA on upcoming Small Business Saturday on November 28th  or Giving Tuesday on December 1st , this digital option should get FMAAA over the hump until the next Expressions Art Auction. 

Sheaffer Pen history fans are in for a treat on this auction with an offering of a Sheaffer Pen Auditorium chair.  Fans of FMAAA know them to be retro vintage cool with a pull-out desk as well as authentic cigar ashtray on the back!  Matted and framed prints of some of the Sheaffer Pen illustration collection are on the docket as well.
FMAAA has overcome many obstacles this strange Covid year.  The brochures were in circulation in early March when the door abruptly closed for Expressions Art Auction 2020.  This event garners the general operations funding for the cultural arts organization. 
FMAAA was to receive a down-scaled hotel/motel tax allocation for the next three years in order to prepare for exit from that revenue stream that FMAAA had held for several years.  Covid so shattered the future funds from hotel/motel revenue that the city disbanded the tourism commission.  Finally, a massive leak that sprang inside the gallery during the year Art-in-Central Park due to 8 inches of rainfall in 2 days in Sept. 2019, kept us filling buckets every time it rained.  This has resulted in the “Raise the Roof” campaign, which should be able to successfully conclude at end of November with the matching funds attained to release a grant garnered from Ft. Madison SIRCC that was awarded to FMAAA in early 2020. 
The new roof will have a guarantee for 25 years. FMAAA turns 40 as a non-profit organization next year in Ft. Madison.  Many interesting items are available for the public to peruse. 
Access the auction by clicking the link at www.fmaaa.com or simply go to www.fraiseauction.com and tab the auction category. By clicking on an item a description with dimensions will appear.    FMAAA is Always Moving.

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