2013 Viewpoint Photographic Art Auction

Saturday, May 4, 2013
4:00 pm Auction Preview
5:00 pm Auction Begins


This year, Viewpoint has made changes to the annual Photographic Art Auction that are intended to make it a fun, interactive and entertaining event. The auction is Viewpoint’s main fundraising event for the year and provides revenue to allow Viewpoint to continue to offer educational programs, exhibits and outreach programs for its members and the community at large. We invite and encourage our members, their friends, family and guests to attend and support our organization.

About the Auction
The auction is divided into three segments, Live and Silent Auctions, plus a print Drawing. All bidding on Live and Silent Auction images will take place at the Photographic Art Auction on May 4. There is no pre-bidding. The Silent Auction offers a "Buy It Now" feature where an instant purchase for the full value can be made online or in person.

The Drawing will also take place at the Photographic Art Auction on May 4. Drawing tickets are $75.00 each and every ticket wins an original photograph valued at $150 or more. Only 30 tickets will be sold.

The buttons at the top of this page link to the auction images, image information, and more details on each auction section.

Important Dates and Times

  • Auction prints are now on display at Viewpoint and on the Viewpoint website.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – Auction exhibit opens at Viewpoint. Exhibit runs through Saturday, May 4, 2013.
  • Friday, April 12, 2013 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Member Reception
  • Saturday, April, 13, 2013 - 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Second Saturday Reception
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 7:00 pm - 9:00pm - Auction Exhibit Tour
  • Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 4:00 pm - Gallery Open for Auction Preview and Bidder Registration
  • Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 5:00 pm - Auction Begins

Auction Schedule

  • 4:00 pm Doors Open
  • 4:00 pm Begin Silent Auction Bidding
  • 5:00 pm Print Drawing - First Group
  • 5:30 pm Live Auction Bidding - First Group
  • 6:15 pm Silent Auction Bids Close - First Group
  • 6:15 pm Print Drawing - Second Group
  • 6:45 pm Live Auction Bidding - Second Group
  • 7:30 pm Silent Auction Bids Close - Second Group
  • 7:30 pm Live Auction Bidding - Third Group
  • 8:45 pm Silent Auction Bids Close - Third Group

What You Need to Know

Bidding: All bidders must register and receive a paddle number. The paddle number will be used to identify each bidder for both Live and Silent Auction bidding. There is no paddle registration fee. Paddle registration can be done during the Auction exhibit or at the Auction event. To register for a paddle prior to May 4, please call Viewpoint at 916-441-2341 or email info@viewpointgallery.org. 

Print Sales: All prints are sold “AS IS." All auction sales are final. Before bidding, prospective purchasers should inspect prints to determine the condition of works on which they will be bidding. California sales tax will be added to all purchases. All purchased items must be picked up by May 11, 2013, unless prior arrangements have been made. Items not picked up will be shipped to the address on the winning bidder’s registration form and a $20 packaging and shipping fee will charged to the bidder’s credit card. Winning bidders are responsible for shipping costs ($20 per print) if shipping is requested or required.

Proxy Bidding: If you are unable to attend the Auction on May 4 and would like to bid on one or more images, you can arrange for a proxy bidder. (see Bidding). Email auction@viewpointgallery.org for details.

Tickets: Event tickets are $20 per person at the door.

Auction Catalog:
Quantities are limited 

A soft-cover, perfect-bound book cataloging all auction images is now available for pre-order. It includes all items in all auction categories: live auction, silent auction, and print drawing.

Note: Online sales of the catalog is closed. Please purchase at the auction.

Heartfelt Thanks From Viewpoint and the Auction Team to:

  • Generous Photographers who contributed prints
  • Auctioneers: Dave Bender, Channel I3; Rebecca Gregg and Randy Snook, Sierra College
  • Chefs who prepared delicious appetizers
  • And all volunteers who have donated their time and energy to make this auction possible
  • Our generous sponsors



Please support our sponsors:

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers
Meyers Investment Group of Baird

Platinum Sponsor


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones

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