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Ocracoke Through Your Eyes offers a chance for a unique piece of the island

A pastel painting by islander Mary Bassell is among the many small art works for sale during the Fourth Annual Ocracoke Through Your Arts art auction to benefit the Ocracoke Preservation Society.

A pastel painting by islander Mary Bassell is among the many small art works for sale during the Fourth Annual Ocracoke Through Your Eyes art auction to benefit the Ocracoke Preservation Society. View this work and others online of the OPS Facebook page.

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The Ocracoke Preservation Society’s annual small artworks show this year on Saturday, Jan. 28 will feature close to 90 works of art for sale as a fundraiser for the island’s history museum.

Called “Ocracoke Through Your Eyes,” these small canvases depict the island in paint, collage, photography, mixed-media, and, new this year will be work by island youth as well as some off-island kids.

“I love it that the young people are helping with this,” said OPS volunteer and board member Ruth Toth.

Silent bidding will go on during a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., including a variety of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages, in the museum at 49 Water Plant Rd.

Those who can’t make it to Ocracoke can still participate since photos of the canvases will be posted on the OPS Facebook page. where the artwork can be viewed and bid on.  Participants can continually check the page as it is updated as the canvasses and bids come in. 

Online bidding is available via email: admin@ocracokepreservation.org until noon on the day of the event (Jan. 28).

OPS does not have the manpower to bid in increments for you during the event, so interested bidders are asked to bid high if they really want it.

The minimum bid is $10 for any piece. Online bid increments can be placed in even dollar amounts; at the event, the bid increments will be in $5 amounts.

Winning canvases from online bids will be sent to the winners with a $5 shipping charge added. 

For more information, please contact OPS Administrator Allison O’Neal at 252-929-7375, or at the email above.