PS#1's Third Annual Itty Bitty Art Sale Offers a Chance to Acquire Original Art (Some by Big Names) for Only $40

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At this Special Sale of Postcard-Sized Art, the Identities of the Artists are Revealed Only after the Art is Purchased. Acquiring an original work of art by a big name for only $40 is what dreams are made of. But on Sunday, March 6, at Bergamot Station, a few lucky souls will be pinching themselves as they learn that the creators of their recently acquired artwork are big names in the art, design, and entertainment industries.

When: March 6, 2011 Viewing begins at 10:00 a.m.Sale starts at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Gallery of Functional Art/Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, E3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
For more information contact: Birgitte Marsh or Amber Valletta 310/866-6741or info(at)ittybittyart(dot)org
To view the art for sale visit: http://www.ittybittyart.org

More than 250 pieces of postcard-sized original art will be available for sale at the Third Annual Itty Bitty Art Sale, presented by PS#1 Elementary School, an independent school in Santa Monica. The creator of each piece of Itty Bitty art may be anyone with a passion or idea – a well-known artist or architect, a talented amateur, a Hollywood celebrity, professional designer or a student.

Think there must be a catch? There is. If you purchase an original piece of Itty Bitty art, it isn’t until after you have paid for it that you find out who the artist is. All of the artwork is unsigned on the front, so the identity of the artist remains a secret until the art is purchased.

PS#1’s Itty Bitty Art Sale was started two years ago by Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, co-executive producer and co-creator of Disney’s animated television series “Phineas and Ferb,” and his wife, Birgitte.

“The Itty Bitty Art Sale allows anyone to add an original piece of art to their collection at an affordable price,” Swampy Marsh said. “For some, this will be the first piece of original art they will buy,” he added. “At last year’s sale, we sold more than 300 cards in about three hours and raised over $10,000.”

For this year’s sale, actress and model Amber Valletta is joining forces with Birgitte Marsh to organize the event. Both parents of PS#1 students, Marsh and Valetta hope to inspire discussion and appreciation of art in all its various forms.

The art to be offered at the Third Annual Itty Bitty Art Sale includes paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, stained glass, prints and even doodles. Among their creators are directors Jim Cameron and Christopher Guest; artist Cameron Gray; actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Jack McBrayer, Ashley Tisdale, and Cuba Gooding Jr.; jeweler Jay Strongwater; and any many of the actors and artists from Disney’s “Phineas & Ferb.” The complete list of the participants can be viewed at http://www.ittybittyart.org.

All postcards in the Itty Bitty Art Sale will be sold for $40 each on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds will benefit the community programs of PS#1.

The sale will take place at the Gallery of Functional Art/Lois Lambert Gallery, located at Bergamot Station space E3. The viewing begins at 10 a.m., with the sale starting at 11 a.m. Last year some determined art collectors began waiting in line at 6 a.m.

For more information on the Itty Bitty Art Sale, or to preview the artwork online, visit http://www.ittybittyart.org.

Note to Editor: Digital files of artwork are available and pre-event interviews can be arranged with the organizers. Contact Birgitte “Bear” Marsh at 310/866-6741 or info(at)ittybittyart(dot)org.

About PS#1 Pluralistic School. PS#1 Pluralistic School (http://www.psone.org), founded in 1971 by Head of School Joel Pelcyger, and his wife, Ellie, is a family-oriented, independent, non-profit elementary school in Santa Monica, Calif. “PS” stands for “Pluralistic School” with “pluralism” representing the variety of methods used to teach, as well as diversity in race, income, religion, ability, and social class among its students. By fostering the acquisition of strong academic and interpersonal skills, PS#1 seeks to strengthen in its 200 students the image they have of their best selves, and help them become competent individuals open to life-long learning.

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