Approximately 400 original works of art, some by well-known names in the arts and entertainment industries, will be up for purchase at the Second Annual Itty Bitty Art Sale at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica Sunday, February 7th.
The postcard-sized original art pieces will be available for acquisition at $40 each at the event presented by PS #1 Pluralistic School, an independent school in Santa Monica. The creator of each piece of “itty bitty” art may be either a well-known artist or architect, a talented amateur, a Hollywood celebrity, professional designer or a student, says event organizer Jeff “Swampy” Marsh.
But buyers will not find out who the work’s artist is until after they purchase the original piece of itty bitty art, Marsh notes. All of the artwork is unsigned on the front, so the identity of the artist remains a secret until the art is purchased.
Some of the big names in the entertainment industry who contributed art works are actors Ben Stiller, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Schneider, Ray Liotta, Ashley Tisdale, as well as “Avatar” producers James Cameron and John Landau, Marsh said.
The art sale is modeled after the successful Secret Postcard Sale that has been presented annually by London’s Royal College of Art since 1994, he said. The event organizers say they hope to inspire discussion and appreciation of art in all its various forms with the art sale.
“The Itty Bitty Art Sale allows anyone to add an original piece of art to their collection at an affordable price,” said Marsh, co-executive producer and co-creator of Disney’s animated television series “Phineas and Ferb.”
“For some, this will be the first piece of original art they will buy. At last year’s sale we sold more than 300 cards in about three hours and raised in excess of $10,000.”
The art offered for sale includes paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, stained glass, needlepoint and even doodles.
All postcards in the Itty Bitty Art Sale will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The sale will take place at the Gallery of Functional Art/Lois Lambert Gallery at Bergamot Station, space E3, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Viewing begins at 10:30 a.m., with the sale starting at 11:30 a.m.
Information, or to preview the art work, www.ittybittyart.org/.