THE MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART – M ONA – ¬†will hold¬†it’s Annual Art Auction at the Museum in La Conner, WA¬†on June 18th, 2011.¬† Auction items include: art glass, paintings, prints, art jewelry, sculpture, textiles and ceramicsn by Northwest artists both¬†emerging artists as well as well known Masters!

This year,¬†tickets to the MONA auction¬†are¬†$95 per person until June 1st and $100 per person from the 1st until the 18th, but the number of tickets are limited so don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets!¬†¬†Food, wine and/or beer are included in the price of admission.

All MONA Auction attendees will be given a catalog and an auction number. There will be a ‚Äúfree to the public‚ÄĚ viewing of the auction items on June 17th, the day before the auction, from 12 noon until 5PM.

The Museum of Northwest Art, located in La Conner, opened on October 3, 1981.  Originally the MONA was called The Valley Museum of Northwest Art.

The vision of photographer Art Hupy, the Museum lived, for its first 14 years, on the second floor of the historic Gaches Mansion in La Conner. In 1982, the Museum board began to look for a larger space. Plans for relocation and expansion simmered over the next decade while support for the Museum grew. During this time the Museum mounted many exhibits, featuring artists including Mark Tobey, Clayton James, Philip McCracken, Mary Randlett, William Ivey, George Tsutakawa, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Paul Havas, and others.

In 1991, the Museum board and a legion of volunteers began a major fundraising drive to acquire a new home. About that time, a commercial building in downtown La Conner, with 12,000 square feet, was offered for sale.  After two years of negotiation, the deal closed and renovations began.

Given a fresh face inside and out by the Henry Klein Partnership, architects, the renovated building on South First Street gave new life to its founders’ visions.¬† The Museum’s largest annual fundraiser features over 300 works.

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