An art auction benefiting the summer Twilight Dance Series on the Santa Monica Pier will be held on eBay from Tuesday through Friday, December 9th through 19th, according to the city Pier Restoration Corporation.

One of the Twilight Dance Series sponsors, Naked Juice, commissioned local artists this past summer to create paintings on-site at each of the ten concerts.

“While researching events in the area we came across the Twilight Dance Series,” said Michael Meyer, regional manager for Naked Juice Company.

“Instantly, we thought that the series would be a great fit for us, but we still wanted a way to add value and excitement to an already great event. We also thought it would be wonderful to come up with a way to give back to Santa Monica’s most famous landmark, and that is when we decided to think about holding a philanthropic auction.”

The ten works of art by recognized Santa Monica artists will be auctioned on eBay, according to the Pier Restoration Corporation.

All of the paintings are created from either oil or acrylic. Participating artists include Suzanne Erickson, Luigia Martelloni, Laraine Mestman, Lidia Shaddow, Stacie Meyer, Lola del Fresno, Janet Bothne, Tanja Rector and Rodd Zinberg.

“We’re delighted to be working with Naked Juice,” said Ben Franz-Knight, Pier Restoration Corporation executive director. “The artwork added a new and exciting component to the concerts and we are thrilled about the prospects of this auction to benefit the pier’s Twilight Dance Series.

Artwork will also be on display at the Santa Monica Art Studios through December 20th. The gallery, 3026 Airport Ave. in Santa Monica, is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information, (310) 458-8786.

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