Providing grants, programs, and services to the artists and audiences of Tompkins County for 30 years

CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale

An annual fundraiser of previously-owned art donated by you - community members!















What is the CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale Extraordinaire?

CAP-a-Palooza is an fundraiser for the Community Arts Partnership, held annually in December.  2023 Dates are December 1 to 10. 

We collect previously owned art from community members and then sell it at affordable prices.  (We do not ask local artists to donate their own work.) 

Last year we collected over 500 pieces of art and raised over $9,000! Prices range from $5 to $250 (with some exceptions) and all work is priced to sell over 10 days. 

Not only do hundreds of people find joy in buying cool, vintage, eclectic, fun or contemporary art at very low prices, but community members also feel great about donating their unused or unloved art to a good cause.  Much of the art we collect was inherited or downsized.

(Art that doesn't sell is either saved for the following year's sale, or donated to local not-for-profits.) 


CAP ArtSpace, Tuesday, NOVEMBER 28 & Wednesday NOVEMBER 29, noon to 5pm.



We love donations of art that has been previously owned. (We do not ask local artists to donate their own work.)  It can be art that you inherited, art you need to downsize, that you received as gifts, or simply never used or enjoyed. If it is languishing in your closets or attics, we may love it.
It can be professional or amateur, old or new. (We love cool and funky vintage stuff!)

We accept paintings, photography, and all other 2D types of work. We also love sculptures (small), embroidery, handmade pottery, fiber art, and other functional art.

is in good shape (no mold, no broken glass or broken frames).
is cleaned.


INFORMATON AND STORIES (Totally optional, but greatI):
If you can decipher a hard-to-read signature for us, have interesting stories about the work, or where you purchased it, it would be wonderful if you could type or write that down and tape it to the work. Short is best: i.e. "Aunt Ginny made this in her 1963 still life class;" "I purchased this in Alaska at a gallery in the 80's;" "This was a gift from a student." 


(Note: There may be exceptions if something you have is fabulous. Contact info below)
Rolled up work.     
Loose posters or posters on foam core, unless framed.
Work that is not framed or matted.
No loose 2D art unless on very thick paper.     
Work that has mold, broken glass, or broken frames.     
Work that weighs over 30 pounds or is over 4 feet wide/high.


2023 CAP-a-Palooza Sale Dates

Opens on Gallery Night, Friday, December 1st, 4pm to 8pm
Sale continues through December 10, dates and times tba.


The ArtSpace is located in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N. Tioga Street, on the downtown Ithaca Commons.
The ArtSpace shares the main floor with The History Center and Visitor Center.


Robin Schwartz, Program Director: Questions?...

We thank our generous annual sponsor for this event! Thank you so much, Coughlin and Gerhart