Jacksonville Center Live Art Auction

jaxauction__0079_480I was asked to take pictures at the event last night, a terrible idea. Next time, find somebody who’s not hungry, so needing two hands for the camera, one for wine and one for a plateful of wonderful food will not be an issue.

And recruit somebody from out of town who doesn’t know anyone and won’t be pleasantly sidetracked into one conversation after another, spending way too much time chewing and chatting and not nearly enough snapping the shutter.

Auctioneer Ken Farmer we remembered from farm auctions in the Wytheville area back in the early 80s. Heck, he might have given us the winning bid on our old oak table or antique foot locker that’s since then been full of material scraps Ann will use one day–same scraps traveling with us now for almost 30 years. One day, indeed.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. So how successful was it? A big crowd? Lots of bids? I’m a big fan (and supporter) of Jacksonville Center and I worry about it in these difficult times.

  2. I think they did okay, it was very well organized and attended. The action was fun. I’ll have the gallery up soon, got a call from City Magazine to shoot, will pay some, which is nice.