Emma Henry’s bench ‘Sea of Colour’ was sold for $2,050. (Submitted photo)

Emma Henry’s bench ‘Sea of Colour’ was sold for $2,050. (Submitted photo)

Oceanside Benchmark online auction raises more than $18,000

‘Sea of Colour’ bench by Emma Henry sold for $2,050

The Oceanside Benchmark online auction had some bidders seating on the edge of the seat.

“It was a nailbiter,” according to the organizers, the Parksville District and Qualicum Beach Chambers of Commerce. “Right up until the very end, with only seconds on the clock, we had two bidders battling it out.”

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The auction, which ended on Sept. 18, raised $18,570, which goes toward helping the participating artists and the co-ordinating not-for-profit organizations.

The benches were displayed publicly in different areas from Nanoose Bay to Lighthouse Country. Emma Henry’s bench ‘A Sea of Colour,’ received the highest bid $2,050, followed by David and Lorraine Shaw’s ‘Going to Nanoose Bay’ that sold for $1,925, and $1,700 for Gina Adams’s ‘Ravens Moon.’

Oceanside Benchmark is a community project geared towards encouraging community connection, creativity and collaboration. It showcased local artists and the community.

— NEWS Staff

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