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Collector’s Dilemma offers more than 80 works of art

By Jane Litchfield, GAC Volunteer

GAC’s annual fundraising auction, Collector’s Dilemma, is back online for 2021 with over 80 works of art to choose from. You can preview the art now at the 32 Auctions site, and get ready to bid starting Thursday May 6 at 9 a.m.

“For people who have been spending a lot of time at home and want to freshen up their space, this auction is an excellent opportunity to buy fine art at great prices and help GAC support the arts in Guelph-Wellington,” says volunteer event co-ordinator Stephanie Comely.

Instead of asking artists to donate work, GAC asks for contributions from local art collectors who have run out of wall space or are making room for new pieces. This year a wide range of media, styles, sizes, and values is up for auction, with opening bids as low as $25.

“We’re excited about the wide selection of art available this year, and so grateful to the community for donating these works,” Stephanie adds.

This is the second year Collector’s Dilemma has gone online because of the pandemic.

New this year, if you see a piece you like but the frame doesn’t suit you, Kloepfer Custom Framing in downtown Guelph will give you 25% off reframing of art purchased at the auction.

Guelph Arts Council supports the artists' resale right, although it is not yet legislated in Canada. In that spirit, and to help support local artists, GAC has established a royalty policy for artists whose work is resold at Collector's Dilemma.

“This has been an exceptionally challenging year for musicians, performers, visual artists and makers of all kinds, as the events and venues where they make their living have been closed,” says GAC executive director Patti Broughton. “GAC has pivoted to support artists and arts organizations through online services, including our new Guelph Arts Hub, which is set to go live in May. We’re so grateful to the community for supporting us in this work by participating in Collector’s Dilemma.”

Bidders can create a 32 Auctions account now to be notified when the auction goes live on May 6. Those who took part last year can simply log into their existing account. Bidders are notified by email each time they are outbid. Bidding closes May 20 at 9 p.m. Donations are also welcome through the auction site. Payment is online and COVID-safe art pickup will take place after the auction. (For buyers outside the Guelph area, shipping may be arranged at the purchaser’s expense.)

For more information on the auction email

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