After an evening show Thursday at Geva, I began to wander back through the city. Surprised to see the lights on at the Updegraff Gallery-office on 732 South Avenue, inside I met Jordan Ebersberger. Jordan explained that her company, Updegraff Group, had sponsored the inaugural event just winding down: a Silent Art Auction to benefit St. Joe’s House of Hospitality down the road also on South Avenue.
I missed the First Friday auction, but by all accounts, a great success for a worthy cause. (For more on First Friday and other local artists, see at end.)
The auction was held in hopes to raise money for Rochester’s homeless. It was also used as a exploit for local artisans to get their name out and showcased. The event was very casual yet classy, everything was beautifully displayed.
The Silent Art Auction featured local artists from around Rochester. All the pieces varied from a beautiful landscape of the Rochester sunrise printed on aluminum to a mother and calf Humpback whale woodprint; taking a scalpel and carving art into wood then taking paint and stamping the wood onto cotton paper. The pieces were sold at a very reasonable price and the foot traffic was in and out all night.
Updegraff Group is a one stop realty company that specializes in all home needs. They restore and rebuild Rochester, help others sell and buy homes, and have a large array of rental properties. The event was held as a non-profit. To give back to the community and help make the Roc great again. Updegraff plans to host many more events in the upcoming future, with the Silent Art Auction a new annual arrangement.
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