Despite moving to a new online format for 2020, the Anonymous Art Show sold about the same number of pieces it usually does during its in-person event.
In total, the Arts Whistler fundraiser sold 146 pieces during its online buying night on Friday, Sept. 18 then an additional 15 pieces on Saturday and nine on Sunday.
“It really worked and we were all super delighted,” says Maureen Douglas, executive director of Arts Whistler. “The Arts Whistler team was amazing.”
Buyers—most of whom bought advanced tickets on a tier system to determine the order in which they bought paintings—logged in everywhere from Turkey to Texas, from campgrounds in Tofino to cottages in Ontario.
“It was really fun that people could be anywhere,” Douglas adds.
The remaining paintings are still on the wall at the Maury Young Arts Centre and available for purchase for $50 each. Through September, view them on Thursday and Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 12 to 4 p.m. In October, hours switch from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and 12 to 4 p.m. Friday to Sunday.