Benefit auction planned for fire victims

Mike Easterling
Artwork in this style by Michael Billie will be featured in a benefit auction this weekend in downtown Farmington.

FARMINGTON – A local artist is helping put together a benefit art auction on Saturday, Oct. 24 to raise money for the La Plata family that lost its home and many of its possessions in an Oct. 12 fire.

Timithy Gordon said last week more than 30 local artists had donated work for the benefit auction, and he expected more to offer their work. The event is being planned to raise money for Matt Palulis, Tori Myers and their son, whose home on N.M. Highway 170 north of Farmington burned. No one from the family was home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.

Photography by Patrick Hazen will be featured in a benefit auction taking place this weekend in downtown Farmington.

The event will be held at 119 W. Main St. in Farmington. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Artists who have agreed to donate their work for the auction are free to drop off their pieces at the Three Rivers Art Center, 109 N. Allen in Farmington.

The list of those who had agreed as of last week to donate pieces for the show read like a who’s who of the local art scene and included John Cogan, Randy Follis, Lou Mancel, Ann Hartman, Betty Reed, Doug McNealy, Cindy McNealy, Doug Miller, Dwight Lawing, Elizabeth Shull, Fran Mayfield, John Bintz, Sue Johnson, Janet Burns, Catherine Thomas-Kemp, Ken Gordon, Michael Bulloch, Sharon Bullock, Michael Billie, Lori Bunny Jones, Diane Romero Matten, Dale Latta, Judy Cline, Karen Ellsbury, Patrick Hazen, Liz Stannard, Tim Essary, Ramon Valdez, Janis Tafoya, Jinx Bolli and Dick Bolli , as well as Gordon himself. Brent Byrum of B&B Auctions has agreed to serve as the auctioneer.

Jewelry in this style by Lou Mancel is part of a benefit auction planned for this weekend in downtown Farmington.

Gordon said all proceeds raised from the event will go to the family.

“I’ve known Tori for four or five years,” Gordon said. “And there are other people in our group who know her, too.”

He encouraged members of the community to attend the benefit auction.

Pottery by John Bintz is among the art that will be available during a benefit auction this weekend in downtown Farmington.

“This family really needs some help,” he said. “When you lose everything you own, it’s pretty devastating.”

He said he would love to see the dollar amount raised from the event number in “the thousands,” but he had no target figure in mind beyond that.

Works in this style by Ken Gordon will be among the items available this weekend at a benefit auction in downtown Farmington.

“It depends on what people are willing to pay for the artwork,” he said. “I’m hoping that a piece worth $300 doesn’t go for $50 because that would be devastating to the artist and the people who need the money. I’ve seen that happen.”

Gordon said the retail value of the work up for auction likely would vary from relatively inexpensive pieces of $30 or $40 all the way up to several thousand dollars.

Anyone interested in donating artwork or other items for the event is encouraged to call Gordon at 505-486-0403, though he emphasized the work should be of high quality.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.