Time ran out on Racine's summer art project Saturday, as the large artist-decorated clocks were auctioned off on Monument Square.
Despite the rain -- which let up just an hour or so before the scheduled start of the outdoor auction -- bidders filled the seats and gave each other a couple of spirited bidding wars. While some clocks sold for just a little above the $350 minumum, six brought $800 or more. The top price went for Sherri Shaver's Poppies in a Poppy, which sold to its sponsor, Ron Jones, for $1,600.
The second-highest price went for Bill Reid's Loonatick, which was snapped up by Gene Johnson -- yes, that Gene Johnson -- for $1,300.
Eighteen clocks were sold at voice auction by auctioneer Bob Hagemann. Another 42 were offered via a silent auction. More on the three prize-winners here. Pictures of all the clocks are here.
This year marked the ninth season of a Racine summer public art project, the longest run and most successful in the country, according to Devin Sutherland, executive director of the Downtown Racine Corporation, which stages the event. This year is also DRC's 30th anniversary, and to celebrate that milestone jeweler Chris Sklba of Art Metals Studio downtown created a Tahitian pearl necklace worth $1,000 (pearl being the traditional 30th wedding anniversary gift), that DRC gave away in a drawing Saturday. Winner was Kenneth Wesley Kozack of Kenosha. (UPDATE, Sept. 23: DRC said today that Kozack's winning entry was invalid -- the application form "wasn't completely filled out" -- and a new winner was named: Robert Philopulous of Racine.
No word yet on what next year's summer art project will be (we've already had cats, dogs, otters, lighthouses, fish, etc.) -- but everyone at DRC is determined to make the 10th year of the project special.
The first and second place award winners: Fish In Time,
by Robert Andersen, left, and Bill Reid's Loonatick, on stage.
Anderson's sold for $975, and Reid's for $1,300.
Gene Johnson (bidder No. 152) sponsored Loonatick, and determinedly won it.
Sherri Shaver's Poppies In A Poppy brought the highest amount: $1,600.
Chris Sklba with DRC's 30th anniversary pearl pendant necklace
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