Ode’s ‘Auction for Action’

  • Ode is located at 263 Main Street, Northampton

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Maybe you’ve seen the rainbow pyramid in the window display of Ode in downtown Northampton. The women’s clothing boutique will host a three-day auction beginning Friday, during the city’s monthly Arts Night Out, to benefit two organizations supporting the LGBTQ community.

“Auction for Action,” which takes place at the store at 263 Main Street, will put up for bidding a range of art, clothing, jewelry and other items donated by designers and artists from the Valley and beyond. Among those featured: Chan Luu, Ghost Dancer, Laura Siegel, Love Heals, MQuan, Rachel Pally, and Tysa. 

The origin of the project can be traced back to the Women’s March in January. “My manager Jenessa Cintron and I met in D.C.,” says Ode owner Kristin Kelly. Cintron was there with Grace Ahn, a Philadelphia-based artist and activist who organized a similar auction in her city called Collective Action. “It was a huge success,” Kelly says, “so we reached out to her to talk about, ‘How can we be proactive and be a part of something bigger? Maybe we could do something like that here.’ ”  

Using Ahn’s blueprint, Kelly and her team began talking to their stable of jewlery and clothing designers, many of whom have done philantrhopic work. “We didn’t know what kind of response we’d get, but we’ve been blown away by the resounding yes’s,” Kelly says. “We got such a positive response, we cast our net a little further to try to get designers we’ve been loving from afar and Instagram-stalking, like Michele Quan, who was one of the founders of Me & Ro, and now has her own ceramic arts studio.”

The entire proceeds from the auction will be divided equally between two organizations: Out Now, a Springfield nonprofit that offers education and outreach to LGBTQ youth, and The National Center for Transgender Equality, a Washington, D.C. group that works nationwide.

“We know these are issues near and dear to this community. And they could use a little more support right now,” Kelly says. “We chose Out Now because they focus specifically on youth, and we wanted to show support from the ground up, first locally with our friends, our family, and then on a macro level with the D.C. group.”

“What we really wanted to do was put together a community of creative people who wanted to do a little more this year to make a change,” she adds.

The auction kicks off Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a party at the store. For more information contact the store at (413) 727-8026 or go online at odeboutique.com.