Palm Springs Art Museum Prices Famous Artwork at "99 Bucks"

More than 700 works hide identity of artists until purchased



A recent "99 Bucks" Art Sale submission creates a 3D effect with a hand coming out of the 5-inch-by-7-inch canvas.

Photos by Marcia Gawecki

 

A well-known artist or even your favorite celebrity could be the creator of a piece of artwork for $99.

That’s part of the fun and mystery of Palm Springs Art Museum’s annual fundraiser, “99 Bucks” set for April 12 at the Riviera Palm Springs. Admission is free.

Each of the 700 or more original works of art donated by artists was signed on the back, so the identity of the artist is not revealed until you buy the piece.

“Last year, a woman bought a dog painting because she likes dogs, but she was thrilled to discover that it was created by Kaye Ballard,” says Bob Bogard, marketing director for the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Some of the 22 celebrities who submitted canvases this year include Amy Alcott, Lou Ferrigno, Galvin MacLeod, Lorna Luft, Jerry Mathers, Elaine Paige, and Mickey Rooney, who passed away April 6.

VIDEO: Bob Bogard, director of marketing at the Palm Springs Art Museum, describes some of the types of art submissions for the "99 Bucks" event.

 

Bogard works year round asking celebrities to create artwork for the fundraiser that last year generated more than $40,000 for educational programs.

“Whenever I’m at an event featuring a celebrity, I always ask,” Bogard says.

Clothing designer Bob Mackie was among those who participated over the past three years.

“He used to dress Cher and Carol Burnett with all of those sequined and beaded gowns,” Bogard says. “You can imagine what his canvases looked like.”

Bogard says they are expecting 1,200-1,500 attendees and will sell a majority of the 700 canvases. Within the first hour, last year’s fundraiser sold 400 of the 600 canvases. Most attendees purchased more than one.

“The only stipulation we ask is that artists start with a 5-inch-by-7-inch canvas,” Bogard says. “Whatever they do from there is up to them!”

Some artists remove the canvas, and use the frame to build a sculpture, while others add mechanics and make a clock with a pendulum.

Even though the submission deadline was March 31, Bogard says the museum will accept artwork up until the last minute. However, late arrivals may not get into the program.

“The beauty of this event is that anyone can own artwork from well-known artists for a fraction of the cost,” he says.

Bogard bought a piece from Coachella Valley artist Andrea Raft, whose work often sells for thousands of dollars.

“It was a beautiful gilded Buddha, but I couldn’t afford her work otherwise,” Bogard admits.

“Mistress” of Ceremonies Bella Da Ball, aka Brian Wanzer, will keep the event lively by announcing celebrity sales. Raffle tickets for luxury gift baskets are also for sale for $9.99. Any artwork can be framed onsite.

To preview the canvases before Saturday’s event, visit www.fineartamerica.com/profiles/99-bucks.html

Like what you're reading? Then "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter.

Add your comment:
Desert Guide

Related Articles

10 Things To Do in Palm Springs This Weekend

Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.

Wesley Eure Will Co-Emcee at Desert AIDS Project Benefit

Chelsea Lane Bodywear presents Under & Out 3, a fashion show and poolside party on Oct. 5 as part of a benefit for the Desert AIDS Project.

Explore Palm Springs: 139 Club

Opened in the early 1930s, the 139 Club was housed in what was a private residence in Cathedral City, and the name was derived from its numerical address.

Villa Royale Inn Reflects Palm Springs History, Ambiance

What began as film star and Olympic figure skater Sonja Henie’s estate in the 1940s has been preserved and developed into a hidden gem as Villa Royale Inn.

Desert Staycations

The Palm Springs area is filled with resorts offering packages in the summer months to help people unwind and have fun.

Promotions + Contests

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the second annual Palm Desert International Dance Festival performances.