WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Art Center is in the midst of what it hopes will be an annual art auction, with approximately 25 artists donating pieces that are available to the public in a silent auction format.

For the next week and a half, the public is welcome to stop in and bid on items during Art Center hours, from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. An auction closing and final bid reception is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. June 24, during which refreshments will be served.

Art Center Director Tricia Mikle said the fundraiser will support workshops the art center offers periodically throughout the year, offering art lessons in specific mediums to the public. One of their upcoming workshops will include a trip to Jerry Deuschle’s studio in Luverne to learn about ceramics. A portion of the proceeds will also put money in reserves for the future.

“We invite people to come in and look at the art that is for sale,” Mikle said. Each person who stops in will be given a bid number to use during the bidding process.

The donations for the auction span a range of mediums, from ceramics to paintings to wood turning. Minimum bids were set by the artists, and range from $20 to $300. Many of the pieces start at less than $100.

“I would like to thank all of the people who donated art for the fundraiser,” Mikle said. “Some non-artists have also donated some original art to help us with our fundraising project.”

While many of the artists are local, pieces have been donated by artists from Iowa and South Dakota, and one piece donated by a non-artist actually came from Europe.

“We have a wide variety of art media that includes drawings, paintings, ceramics, encaustic, prints, collages and sculpture,” Mikle said.

Several of the artists who have donated pieces are nationally known, including Hank Hall of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Kimberly Jansen-Kooistra of Worthington, Bobbie Alsgaard-Lien of Rushmore and John and Linda Ackland-Kolb of Sioux Falls, S.D.

In addition to the silent auction, the Art Center is currently hosting an art rummage sale.

“We have art books, antique glassware, unframed art and lots of miscellaneous,” Mikle said of the sale, which will also continue through June 24.

She invites the public to visit the Art Center to see all of the items on the silent auction and rummage, and to register for upcoming Saturday art workshops.