Blind Date auction event is like “Tinder for art”


An upcoming art auction event is taking a cue from the dating world to make things just a little more exciting.

Organizers of Malaspina Printmakers’ “Blind Date” event say that their evening may call to mind a certain dating app a few Vancouverites may be familiar with.

“You could say the night will be like Tinder for art,” says Justin Muir, Executive Director of Malaspina, in a release.

During the event the guests can take a look at the array of original pieces, mingle with the artists, and place their bids–except rather than signing up for an increased amount on a visible list, bidders will write their bid down and place it in sealed box.

Only at the end of the night will bidders learn if their swipe–err, price–was right, with the art going to the highest secret bid.

Malaspina Printmakers Vancouver art auction
Edward Juan 3 (Malaspina Printmakers)

Malaspina is an artist-run centre dedicated to print culture. While they’ve been doing an annual fundraiser, this is the first time they’re doing it “blind date” style.

All of the art is done on paper, and guests can preview the images online.

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Donating artists include Allyson Clay, Amanda Watt, Andrea Taylor, Andreea Mateescu, Barb Choit, Barry Doupé, Ben Duncan, Ben Skinner, Bernadette Phan (donated by Jayce Salloum), Brigitte Potter Mael, Christine D’Onofrio, Dan Starling, Dana Claxton, David MacWilliam, Deborah Koenker, Deirdre McAdams, Derek Dunlop, Diyan Achjadi, Donato Mancini, Edward Juan, Elizabeth McIntosh, Fabiola Carranza, Gabi Dao and Yu Su, Gary Sim, Gerri York, Gwenessa Lam, Heather Passmore, Jack Shadbolt (donated by Torrie Groening), Jade Yumang, Jeff Downer, Jeremy Hof, Jesse Gray, Katherine Coe, Khan Lee, Kyla Mallett, Marina Roy, Matthew Shields, Maya Gulin, Megan Hepburn, Meichen Waxer, Michael Drebert, Michael Lachman, Mike Grill, Renee Van Halm, Richard Tetrault, Rodney Konopaki, Ron Terada, Scott Kemp, Sean Arden, Stephanie Gagne, Stephen Waddell, Sonny Assu, Steve Hubert, Tiziana La Melia, Torrie Groening, and Tylor Macmillan.

Malaspina’s “Blind Date” takes place Thursday October 19, 2017, from 6 to 9 pm at the Yaletown Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews). Tickets are $40 and are available online.