Kingston Symphony Volunteers hold second online auction

Two items in the Kingston Symphony auction: An Italian ceramic terra cotta figure by Paolo Marionia, and a pastel by Robert Millard, a well-recognized Métis painter. Images provided by the Kingston Symphony.

Kingston Symphony Volunteers have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to move their fundraising efforts online, and have created an online store. Now, they are holding their second annual online auction, with hopes of raising funds to support instrumental and choral arts in the community.

The volunteers who raise funds for the Kingston Symphony are mostly retired seniors, according to a release from the Kingston Symphony, dated Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. After testing the waters last year with a successful online auction, the volunteers knew that continuing to build their online presence would be one of the best things they could do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the release, the volunteers have gone full tilt into their online store and are selling vinyl records, CDs, audio equipment, DVDs, books, Christmas items, and some home décor to raise funds to make certain that the Kingston Symphony continues to brighten the lives of so many Kingstonians, young and old. The store can be found at

In addition, they are holding their second annual online auction. It has been a very exciting time, with several major finds. The auction is available at and features over 50 different pieces of artwork to bid on, as well some furniture and other antique items, Kingston Symphony said in the release.

The auction opened on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 at 7 a.m. and will close on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 at 8 p.m.

According to the release, they discovered a pastel by Robert Millard, a well-recognized Métis painter, whose Indigenous subjects are incredibly beautiful. They also had an Italian ceramic terra cotta figure by Paolo Marioni donated, which is signed by the artist. There are two Robert Bateman limited edition prints available, both numbered and signed by the artist, of a realistically rendered lynx, that reflects Bateman’s style and subject perfectly. As well, you will find some furniture and silverware on the auction. 

The Kingston Symphony Volunteers have worked tirelessly to get their inventory online and will continue to add more items each week, Kingston Symphony shared in the release. All of their spring and fall fundraising events could not take place in person as a result of COVID-19, so there are over 100,000 items in the Kingston Symphony Warehouse.  

About the Kingston Symphony Volunteers
The Kingston Symphony Volunteers are a dynamic group of approximately 200 people dedicated to the support of the Kingston Symphony Association and to music education in the community. The support of Kingston Symphony Volunteers and its members, who organize various events throughout the year, is invaluable to the Kingston Symphony Association.

About the Kingston Symphony Association
Established in 1953, the Kingston Symphony Association exists to produce and promote professional quality programs of instrumental and choral music for the education, enjoyment, and enrichment of audiences in the Greater Kingston area. The Kingston Symphony is dedicated to the support, development and showcasing of Canadian artists and composers.

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