Chocolate auction is work of art
A heart-shaped sculpture created from eight pounds of milk chocolate and drizzled in white and gold chocolate is one of more than 100 chocolate delicacies to be sold from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 4 during the Baldwin Community Art Council's 14th annual chocolate auction in the Baldwin High School cafeteria.
The sculpture will be on the live auction block, accompanied by artwork from local artists and gift packages from Baldwin businesses.
The auction begins at 2 p.m. with the opening of the silent auction tables and viewing of the live auction items. Musical entertainment will be provided by piano students of Trilla Lyerla. The live auction will be underway by 3 p.m. A stand with a variety of chocolate refreshments will be open during the auction.
"Everyone is invited," Carlisle said. "We want everyone to come and enjoy."
Christy Carlisle, art council president, also expects more than 100 chocolate delicacies for the silent auction.
"Last year we had 114 pieces of chocolate delicacies," Carlisle said. "We expect to go over that this year."
Carlisle is expecting chocolate creme puffs, fudge ganache cake, cookies, tortes and pies just to name a few items. The chocolate delicacies are made by community members, some using recipes from "The Fine Art of Chocolate," a recipe book compiled by the arts council several years ago. Copies of the book can be purchased at the auction.
The auction raised nearly $4,000 last year, and has become the council's biggest money maker.
"This is our major fund-raiser for the year," Carlisle said. "The arts council takes the money and reuses it in the community in the form of scholarships."
Scholarships are available to college-bound high school students, and artists in the community who want to further their studies in the fine arts, including music and theater. The council also provides educational opportunities within the schools and the community.
Local artists donate artwork each year for the auction, including watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings; sculptures and pottery. Artwork is expected from Jack Collins, Forrest Waltman, Gale Carter, Don Gauthier, Tom Russell, Rosemary Murphy, Sandy Cardens, Evonne English and Phyllis Nelson to name a few.
Auction items are being lined up from Discoveries, C Designs, Cranberry Market, The Lodge, Rose Water Healing Arts, Hair & Nail, and Three Sisters Inn.
"This is just to name a few," Carlisle said of the contributing artists and businesses. "Lots and lots of people in the community contribute. We have such a great community of artists."
Carlisle said more activities will be available for children at this year's auction. Coloring pages and crayons will be provided for children, Carlisle said. A silent auction table also will be reserved for young bidders bids start at 5.
"As the years go by, there are more and more families coming to the auction," Carlisle said. "Kids are very important. They need to feel like they can participate.
"We are trying to make it family oriented."
Although the auction was scheduled a week earlier this year, it was still strategically planned close to Valentine's Day. Bidders shouldn't have any problems keeping their purchases fresh for the holiday.
"We are a little ahead of Valentine's Day this year," Carlisle said "Most of these delicacies will freeze. But chocolate wouldn't last that long in my house."