Providing grants, programs, and services to the artists and audiences of Tompkins County for over 25 years

CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale

CAP's annual fundraiser! A four day sale of lovely previously owned - art priced low to sell. Your support by buying or donating art (see below) is greatly appreciated. 

Sale Location and Dates

110 N Tioga Street, the CAP ArtSpace Gallery
Masks required. Social distancing protocols will be in place.
Friday, December 4th, noon to 7pm
Saturday, December 5th, noon to 5pm
Sunday, December 6th, noon to 5pm

We are Now Collecting Donated Art!

See all details below.

 About the Sale

CAP's CAP-a-Palooza is a sale of donated, previously owned art. Over four days, we sell a fun, cool, and eclectic mix of mostly vintage, and contemporary art. Work is priced low as our goal is to sell everything in four days. Cash, checks or credit cards accepted. 

We ask community members to donate work that you have in your closets or attics that you would love to pass on to a worthy cause!  Perhaps you are downsizing! Perhaps you want to pass on work that you bought, work you have but never liked, art you inherited, art you made, or art made by your relatives.

We have raised up to $5,000 annually towards our general operating support. It's our biggest (and most fun) fundraiser.

You Know What's Fun?

Bring the kids and let them choose something they like. Many children have chosen their first piece of art at past sales.

Dates to Donate Art, 11 to 4 each day

Friday, November 27, 28, 29, or December 1 (noon to 4)

Fill out This Form If You'd Like to Donate Art

Please fill out the google form HERE that asks for your name, your e-mail, and which date you would like to drop off donated art. We need to know which day you are coming so we make sure we are there!

Donation Location (Masks Requiered):

110 N. Tioga Street on the Commons. This is the location of the History Center, Downtown Visitor Center, and our CAP ArtSpace. (It's the building that used to be the Tompkins Trust Company - it's on the Tioga arm of the Commons. 

Where To Park To Unload Car:

(We have a cart you can use to retrieve art from your car.) The closest place to pull up is on Seneca Street alongside M&T Bank. There are 15 minute slots, pictured here. Our building is directly to the left of M&T Bank (pictures here).

What to Donate:

  • Framed or matted work. 3-D is great, as long as it is relatively small, i.e. easy to lift and put in a car.
  • It can be original work, reproductions, and nicely framed posters.
  • Work should be in relatively good shape - no broken glass.
  • If you can clean up the work before donating, we would just love that.

Attach Information If You Can:

It would be great if you can attach a note to your donated pieces with information, such as name of artist. Stories sell art, so tell us that your grandmother made it, that you bought the piece on a trip, etc.

What not to Donate:

  • Loose (unframed, unmatted) 2-D work, or foamcore.
  • Anything in bad shape.
  • Anything with mold unless it is a fabulous antique and the mold is minimal. Or if the mold is only on the back of the piece. (If mold is on the interior glass, perhaps you can take it apart and clean it for us!)
  • We reserve the right to refuse work that is in bad shape.
  • You can send pics if you have questions!


Feel free to take a pic of what you'd like to donate if you have any questions! Send it to me (Robin Schwartz) .

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!