Bidding wars erupt at SNDF silent auction

Alpaca wool scarves from Chile

Alpaca wool scarves from Chile

Each year, people line up out the doors to outbid each other on a host of donated items at the SND Foundation’s silent auction. Freelance illustrations, books of inspiration, original prints, a little bit of rock and roll and a lot of Chilean alpacas.

The SND Foundation is the nonprofit education and research effort of SND. It funds initiatives such as training grants for SND members, university scholarships, student travel grants, prizes for the SND student competition and other education, minority and research programs. There are 10 students in Denver now who received travel grants to the annual workshop.

The silent auction opened at 9 a.m. today and closes at noon Saturday.

Some of the hot items early in the auction are:

A series of Star Wars travel posters (Including galaxies far, far away like Hoth, Tattooine and Endor)

A print from The Denver Post’s Pulitzer-winning photographer Craig Walker from the series “Ian Fisher: American Soldier”

Several scarves woven from Chilean Alpaca wool

A collection from sportscaster Ernie Harwell (signed poster, signed 4-CD set, books)

The Small Stakes: Music Poster Book

To bid on these and an entire room of other great items, stop by Tower Court D at the workshop.

The SND Foundation has also created the SNDF Calendar featuring original illustrations from 15 artists. All of SND’s major events are noted, such as the annual workshop and deadlines for entering the print and online competitions. The calendars are available online, at the registration desk or at the auction (alongside high-quality prints of the featured illustrations).