Glen Burnie's art lovers turned out in droves Friday night, buying more than $14,000 worth of paintings, lithographs and prints at a benefit for the community's public health center.
Organizers of the auction said they were "overwhelmed" with its success, adding they raised more money than they had hoped for.
"It was absolutely wonderful the way the community supported thisevent," said Katherine DeGrange, one of the organizers.
DeGrange said members of the Glen Burnie Health Center Association had hoped to sell at least 300 tickets and raise about $7,000. They ended up selling more than 700 tickets and raising $8,200. About 350 of those whobought tickets attended the event, DeGrange said.
The $8,200 camefrom ticket sales, commissions on art pieces sold and ad sales for the program. Almost 130 pieces of art were sold, some for more than $500 each. The oils, watercolors, lithographs, etchings, prints and sculptures auctioned came from the Heisman Fine Arts Gallery of Ardmore,Pa.
Proceeds from the auction, which was held at Michael's EighthAvenue, will be used to renovate the Glen Burnie Health Center, on AStreet. The center's nine-member board hopes to raise $140,000 by the end of the year for renovations, which will include replacing the roof, ceiling, windows, flooring and furnace and reconfiguring the cramped interior.
Although the board hopes to get most of the money in a block grant from the county's Office of Community Development, Degrange estimates volunteers will have to raise at least $25,000 in matching funds.
The board has already signed a $7,000 contract with Development Facilitators Inc. of Severna Park to develop constructionplans for the project.
Center manager Maureen O'Brien said the clinic serves about 200 to 300 area residents each month, many of whom are young families who lack health insurance. The center delivers many health services that its clients would not be able to afford through private practitioners, she said.
Although the building is maintained by the Glen Burnie Health Association, the services, clinics andprograms are run by the Anne Arundel County Health Department, whichdelivers many of its services through community clinics.