NCCCA doesn't want an arm and a leg for 'Arms and Legs'

PLATTSBURGH - If it's got arms or legs - or even loosely related to that theme - chances are it'll be up for grabs at the Arms and Legs Auction.

The annual event, hosted by the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, will celebrate its sixth year of raising money for the nonprofit organization's arts programs next Saturday, Oct. 16.

Leigh C. Mundy, president of the NCCCA board of trustees, said the auction has been a successful fundraiser for the cultural center since she suggested it six years ago.

"When I came here and joined the board, they were looking for a really good fundraiser. So, I suggested Arms and Legs, a fundraiser I did for an arts organization in West Virginia."

The auction, which typically consists of furniture such as chairs, tables and coat racks - basically "anything with arms and legs," said Mundy - has been successful each year.

"On a good year, we've made $14,000 and on a not-so-good year, we've made $10,000," said Mundy. "It's a good chunk of change."

However, Mundy doesn't want those figures to deter someone from coming to Arms and Legs. Despite the name, the event isn't looking for an arm or a leg when people bid on items up for auction, she said.

"Some pieces go for $30 and some go for $500. And, it's not how good the chair is. It depends on the audience who wants that piece," said Mundy. "There's really no rhyme or reason ... If these pieces were going up for bid in New York City or Santa Fe, they would probably be going for thousands."

Many items have started to pour in for the live auction, which will be conducted by auctioneer Stephen Martin and assistant Wendy Murnane.

"One of the many beautiful things that's come in so far is a piece by Judy Guglielmo," said Mundy. "It's a birdbath she's painted with such vibrant colors. It's absolutely stunning."

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