Moving to Okotoks online auction

It is T-minus 41 days until will leave our Fort McMurray home for the final time and move down to Okotoks.  With each passing day this major transition is becoming more and more real.  Yesterday we emptied out the garage and organized everything into "Moving to Okotoks", "Sell in garage sale", and "give away" piles.  When it was all done we were exhausted.  I got the sense that it is a small preview of what is to come.

Birdsong Studio has changed a little, but not a lot.  I'm still working full tilt and can't afford to pack away any of my canvases, paints, brushes or tools.  That will happen later in June.  What I can do is clear out the selection of originals, canvas prints, EPs, and limited edition prints.  That will be a giant step forward.

The MOVING TO OKOTOKS online auction begins bright and early Sunday morning.  It will run all week with bids closing at 9 pm MST on Sunday, May 26th.

To participate all you have to do is click here and register for free.  When the bidding starts you'll easily be able to get in on the action.  The 32 Auctions website is great.  If you no longer have the high bid, an email is automatically generated and sent to you.  You'll also get an email advising you that the auction is nearing its end.

We have a few pieces that are raising money for specific things.  Proceeds from the sale of two Embellished Prints of my recent painting of Chris Phillips are going to be donated to KidSport Wood Buffalo, a charity that raises funds to provide sport opportunities for kids facing financial barriers.

Pastor Bev at McMurray Gospel Assembly had invited me to do a live painting during the Easter Sunday services.  I wasn't feeling 100-percent that week, so I opted to decline the invitation and give them a rain check.  As it turned out, I woke up on Easter Sunday morning and decided to do a still life study of a statue of Jesus wearing his crown of thorns.  I did so right in Birdsong Studio, where I could cough and sniffle without bothering anyone.  The 20" x 30" original painting "Passion of Christ" will be auctioned off with all sale proceeds being donated to the MGA building fund.

I have a number of originals in the auction, including some experimental works that are deeply discounted.  Heather also has an impressive collection of original abstract works.  This is truly a family effort.

Dark Tower, 30" x 30", mixed media on canvas by Heather Thomas

We will continue to add items as the week goes along, so make sure to check in every couple of days.  If you are bidding from a community other than Fort McMurray, you might be wondering about shipping.  As Sharon Cox can attest - she watched me build a box yesterday - I take lots of pride in making sure that prints and originals reach their destinations safely and affordably.  If you are bidding on something and what to have a sense of what the shipping and handling costs would be, just send me a private note.  It is super easy for me to do an estimate based on the item.

When we transition to Okotoks, it will take a few weeks to get set up and back in business.  In addition to a massive studio renovation, we'll be dealing with business licensing and all that back end stuff.  We look forward to officially opening Birdsong Studio 2.0 later in the summer.


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