PHOENIXVILLE - Art patrons gathered to support the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation and grab a bite to eat on Friday at Columbia Station.
Two hundred people gathered to celebrate the arts and to bid on everything from birdhouses to antique handbags to a limo ride.
More than 150 paintings were auctioned off by Ross Galleries. A silent auction attracted bids on approximately 125 items.
Phoenixville Area School District Superintendent David Noyes, Ph.D., said that all proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation. He said the foundation supports mini-grants, backpacks for first-graders and a scholarship program.
Mary Jane Weiss and husband Jerry Weiss of Phoenixville successfully bid during the art auction on a photo of Jackie Robinson.
Mary Jane said that it seemed that the print showed Robinson "rounding third and holding up."
Her husband was quick to add, "He's challenging the play. He made things happen."
Much of the sports memorabilia was signed and included a Phillies cap, a Tiger Wood signature, a Joe DiMaggio photo and a Yogi Berra "Yogism."
Phyllis Gruner of West Chester put in a bid of $16.50 on a gift certificate valued at $25 as part of the silent auction. "I'm looking for a deal, I'm looking to help the foundation and I'm looking to have a good time," said Gruner.
School board member Bill Mea bid on a haircut and a half-hour massage as part of the silent auction.
"This is a tremendous event for our community and allows people to focus on finding a way to give back to education without taxing," said Mea.
Joanie Bamberger and her husband Pete unsuccessfully bid on a wine and cheese basket. "This brings a whole lot of people together that would probably be buying something somewhere."
"There's something for everyone's taste and budget," said auctioneer Kurt Dise of Ross Galleries about the art.
Dise said that the art included works by Thomas Kincaid, Andrew Wyeth, Will Moses and included originals and some sculpture. "The art is ready to go on the walls," said Dise. "Just put a hook on the wall and you're ready."
A featured painting by Thomas Kincaid, "Seashore Hideway," showed the artist's unique use of light. "Kincaid is a very spiritual individual whose paintings are symbolic and show his spiritual side."
School board member Fred Parry said that the foundation was originated by Noyes. "His energy, foresight and diligence includes a tremendous relationship with the Phoenixville borough, East Pikeland and Schuylkill townships.