To support the expansion of Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., the Bexley Community Foundation will host a new event, Art at the Mansion, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15.
Art at the Mansion will feature more than 120 pieces of art, valued at more than $50,000, that will be sold online Sept. 13-17 through Everything But the House, EBTH.com, according to the foundation. The foundation and a committee of community volunteers have been planning Art at the Mansion since spring 2018, said Hallie Raskin, the organization's executive director.
"We had some donors that had some artwork they didn't want," she said.
"They thought, 'Why not donate it to the foundation and let it benefit the Jeffrey Mansion expansion?' "
The city of Bexley estimates the Jeffrey Mansion expansion project will cost $3.25 million, funded by donations raised by the foundation, $250,000 from the state of Ohio capital budget, and the remainder from city funds.
The plan includes expanding the mansion's ground floor to create a multipurpose space for recreation programming and community use, installing an elevator and reconfiguring parking to create 20 more spaces.
Art at the Mansion will support the foundation's capital campaign to raise $1.5 million for the Jeffrey Mansion expansion, Raskin said.
"It's a free event where everyone can view the art we've collected," she said.
Those serving as co-leaders for Art at the Mansion include Katie and Brett Kaufman, Nancy and Bruce Meyer, and Amy and Eric Wagenbrenner.
"I think this event is a great way to come together as a community and raise funds for Jeffrey Mansion, which is of central importance to all of Bexley," Katie Kaufman said in an email.
"We hope to get a great turnout from the community," Amy Wagenbrenner said. "This will be a fun way to see and support the renovation of Jeffrey Mansion."
In addition to allowing participants to view the artwork for sale, Art at the Mansion will include food trucks, live performances and activities for children. Graydon Sikes from "Antiques Roadshow" will speak at 2 p.m.; the Bexley Public Library will host storytimes at 1 and 1:30 p.m.; local businesses Art with Anna and Piccadilly will host art projects for children; and Kids in Harmony will perform.
"We think it will be a really nice afternoon," Raskin said. "We would really love the community to support the mansion, because it's such a community asset."
For more information, visit bexleycommunityfoundation.org.