IRVING - The Eric Johnson Art Studio held it's first ever art auction on recently at it's new building 483 Mechanic St. Irving. Many artists from all around the area and up and down the eastern coast donated their work to raise money for this auction and the RO Foundation's cause of raising money through fundraising events and donations to assist local patients and families in offseting the costs associated with transportation to and from medical appointments for treatment.
"One of the goals at the Eric Johnson Art Studio is to use art to help the community," Artist Eric Johnson explained.
One-hundred percent of the money raised went to the RO Foundation.
Pictured from left: Joe Russo, co-founder of the RO Foundation, Artist Eric Johnson, Maggie Owen, co-founder of the RO Foundation and Mary O’Donnell of Eric Johnson Art Studio on the day of the auction.
Also at the auction was a medium from Lily Dale who donated 20-minute readings. A silent auction also was held.
The bidding was intense when it came to the end and most of the 80 guests waited to see if they won.
The event was a great success, raising $2,500 for the RO Foundation.
"Never did I think our first attempt would bring such a large amount and that makes us happy!" Coordinator of the event Mary O'Donnell said. "We hope this also brings awareness to this little art studio, which offers so much. Eric does a super job teaching classes that offer bigger canvas and a little supplies shop right at the studio. We also have camera classes, with instructors from Buffalo that come down for two-hour instructional classes."
For more information call Eric at the studio (716)785-8084, check Eric Johnson Art Studio on Facebook. For more information or to apply to the RO Foundation go to www.rofoundation.com or find the RO foundation's fund at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation at www.nccfoundation.org.