Halsey’s Bizarre Bazaar Is a Yard Sale for Art

Halsey’s Bizarre Bazaar Is a Yard Sale for Art

Do you love a good Saturday yard sale? If so, then you’re going to love the fact that the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is hosting one this Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aggie Zed sculpture for sale at Bizarre Bazaar.

This is the museum’s second “Bizarre Bazaar” following the first one two summers ago, when the line stretched around the block before the doors opened. The event is free and open to the public – with cash, checks and credit cards accepted for purchase. All proceeds earned will go to Halsey Institute to continue providing adventurous contemporary art in Charleston.

Original artwork, prints, posters, books, fragments of larger works, curiosities and other objects of interest collected over 30 years of producing exhibitions will be available for purchase. Prices for these one-of-a-kind items will range from $5 to $5,000, and there will be a chance to grab some freebies while they last.

“Each object will have a recommended price, but haggling is encouraged,” says Katie Lesser, education coordinator at the Halsey. “As a non-collecting museum, we don’t have a traditional storage facility like most museums.”

Items available at the Bizarre Bazaar.

In addition to a signed paint palette from alumnus Brian Ruttenberg ’87, there are original prints from the Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, who had the Return to the Sea: Saltworks exhibition on view at the Halsey in 2012. You’ll also find miniature sculptures by beloved artist Aggie Zed and color tests by the late, great painter Michael Tyzack, who taught at the College from 1973 to 2007, along with a couple tins of his brushes and his paint palette.

“Every item has a story behind it, and we cannot wait to share it with the public,” says Lesser. “People should be excited for this event because it is a great opportunity to build your art collection and buy one-of-a-kind items at a bargain price.”


Photos by Heather Moran