Visit www.ThePearlAuction.com between now and October 25 to bid on 60 paintings, carvings and crafts pieces, nearly all of them produced by artists in Centerville and Hickman County, Tenn., where Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon was born, in 1912, and grew up.
The auction concludes on Minnie’s birthday with an eight-hour radio show on KIX-96.7 FM devoted to remembering her life and contributions, with help from grand-niece Mary Beth Pruett, and live entertainment.
You can stop by the Grinders Switch Center from noon to 8 p.m. that day to enjoy birthday cake, see the on-line items -- and check out the offerings in a live radio auction of even more items the same day.
All proceeds will support the efforts of Historic Downtown Centerville and the Grinders Switch Foundation, which are seeking to raise funds to refurbish the Old Courthouse in Centerville and create – just outside of it -- a new Minnie Pearl bronze statue. Columbia sculptor Jennifer Grisham will create the work.
Up for bid in The Pearl On-Line Art Auction are several Minnie Pearl pieces along with several wood carvings, furniture pieces, jewelry creations and paintings. Bidding closes at 8 p.m.
Prints of the limited-edition Dean Shelton drawing of Minnie Pearl featuring her homeplace and a train, a symbol of Grinder’s Switch, are available as well.
Hudgins Auctions and Realty is donating its technological services to`what is its first on-line auction for a nonprofit group. The on-line`auction is available to anyone with a computer; a recent auction by the`company drew more than 16,000 bidders.