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Indiana Arts Council President David Ferguson and Treasurer Cate Planisky prepare pieces to be photographed for their first-ever online Spring Cleaning Arts Auction in June. IAC members are seeking such donations as paintings, musical instruments, handmade pottery, and other art pieces and equipment from artists and the community. Members will available 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the IRMC Park during the Arts Walk Saturday, April 17, in downtown Indiana, and from noon until 3:00 p.m. in Room 412 of the Theater Building at 637 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, other Saturdays in April and May.


INDIANA, PA April 12, 2021 – Members of the Indiana Arts Council (IAC), an art organization which prides itself in bringing and keeping the arts alive throughout Indiana County, are asking local artists and community members to keep their organization in mind when spring cleaning this year. The organization will be holding its first-ever Spring Cleaning Arts Auction and is seeking original art of kinds, musical instruments, art tools, and even coffee table art books to help raise funds for the local non-profit which has been serving the community for over 40 years.

“We are asking artists and community members for donations of art pieces that perhaps no longer complement your décor, or musical instruments that you haven’t played in years, as well as other art-related items you may have around your home and are no longer using,” said Cate Planisky, IAC Treasurer and auction coordinator. “The auction will serve as another way to keep art flowing in our community and, at the same time, help raise funds for the IAC programming.”

Planisky suggested that the donated artwork be hand-created pieces by artisans and not pieces that are mass produced and commonly sold in stores. Instruments, music recordings, larger wooden frames, and art equipment should also be in good condition and readily utilized by the new owners. Donations will be accepted during the Downtown Indiana Arts Walk in IRMC Park from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and then every remaining Saturday in April and May from noon until 3:00 p.m. in Room 412 of the Indiana Theater Building at 637 Philadelphia Street in Indiana. Items can also be given to any IAC board member directly.

The online auction is scheduled to open for bidding early June and run until the end of that month. A preview will also be arranged so that bidders can view the item they are considering. The IAC website will provide updated information and the URL for the auction. It is suggested that interested community members sign up for the IAC e-newsletter and text messaging to keep informed.

The Indiana Arts Council is a non-profit organization with arts-related programming run entirely by its volunteer board members. For over 40 years, the IAC has organized and sponsored community programs and special events such as the Youth Arts Celebration, Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival, and Movies in Memorial Park. Most recently, members organized its first-ever Short Fiction Writing Contest with nearly 30 high students submitting their work. To become a member, email IndianaArtsCouncil@gmail.com or visit www.IndianaArtsCouncil.org .

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