To help you make a more informed decision regarding your art purchase we offer the following industry vernacular. We hope it provides the information you need to enjoy the silent and live auction bidding process!

The website and catalog provide: artist’s name, an image of the piece, title, medium, edition number, dimensions, retail value (provided by donor), minimum bid, and “buy it now” price. The descriptions may not cover all of the materials and techniques employed by the artist.

These definitions may prove useful:

Paintings may include oils, acrylics, enamels, watercolors, and oil stick (and others) applied to canvas, linen, paper, board or panels, glass or other material.

Drawings may include pastels, charcoal, ink, pen, pencil, marker and oil stick (and others) applied to canvas, linen, paper, board or panels, glass or other material.

Mixed Media pieces may include oils, acrylics, enamels, watercolors, pastels and charcoal, ink, pen, pencil, marker and oil stick (and others) applied to canvas, linen, paper, board or panels, glass or other material.

Sculpture may be constructed from metal, stone, wood, glass, plastic, or other materials.

Prints—the general term for works that are produced in “multiples,” that is, using techniques that can result in more than one copy of the artwork—may include lithographs, silk screens, etchings or drypoints.

Photographs may be cibachrome or gelatin silver prints. Prints show number and edition size, eg: 3/50.

Computers, scanners and laser printing have broadened the range of print techniques. Terms such as Lassengraphs, Iris prints, Giclée prints (and others) refer to these reproduction processes supervised by artists and technicians to assure a final product that will aptly represent the original. Adding value to these latter processes, as well as to traditional prints, is the inclusion of an artist signature, numbering, and limited editions of works.

We avoid prints that are photographs of work originally created in another medium.

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