The Highest Bidder

Volunteer docent Lynn De Hahn shares information about the 2014 Collection Invitational and Community Mosaic Project at the Hardy Gallery, Ephraim.

The Hardy Gallery’s 2014 Collector’s Choice Benefit has just launched its month-long silent auction featuring an outstanding collection of artwork by a selection of established local artists. The public is invited to place bids or purchase the work directly before the close of the auction on August 24 at 1 pm. All proceeds generated from the fundraiser support the nonprofit organization and its mission to educate, foster the visual arts and support Door County artists.

“The Hardy Gallery gives exposure and makes an artist feel like part of the community without affiliation to a commercial gallery,” says Rob Williams, a veteran participant. Williams chooses to support the Hardy because he likes being an independent gallery owner, and the Hardy works hand-in-hand with independent galleries.

The Collection Invitational, Collector’s Choice Benefit and Community Mosaic Project opened with a public reception on July 18, all of which will be open for viewing through Aug. 24. A complete list of the 41 exhibiting artists and their donations can be found at Last year’s benefit brought in 5,690 visitors and $11,408 in funds for the organization.

Admission to the gallery is free. The Hardy Gallery is open daily, 10 am – 5 pm, from 12 – 5 pm Sunday and Monday evenings until 8 pm. The gallery is located in the heart of Ephraim’s historic district on Anderson Dock (3083 Anderson Lane). For more information, call 920.854.2210 or visit