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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

January 31, 2010 Indiana Art Auction

Attendance appeared to be very good at the January 31, 2010 Jackson Art Auction held at their facilities in Indianapolis, IN. One hundred and one works of art, including a few pieces of Brown County Pottery, were up for sale to the highest bidder. Leading the auction was an Edward K. Williams 20x24 Oil on canvas winter scene that took the highest bid of the auction at $16,000 plus a 10% buyer's premium. Although the painting was not named by the artist, the composition was a winter scene with stream and distant hills in the background and was most likely Brown County.

Included in the auction were several paintings from the talented and sought after Brown County artist Claude Curry Bohm. A 24x30 oil on canvas fall scene called "Sunday Conversation" sold for $15,000. This painting was painted in the same technique as a similar painting that sold in the Wickliffe & Associates auction on
January 16th 2010 called "Sunday in Vermont . Due to the resemblance of the two painting, I believe the painting that sold at the Jaskson auction was also painted in Vermont. Although both paintings had churches as the focal point I could not say for sure they were of the same town although there we closely matched in appearance. A Bohm 22x28 oil on board called "Winter Greys" sold for $8,000 and a 12x16 oil on board titled "A Bright Morning" went to the hight bidder for $2,400.

A not so often seen, Dale Bessire 24x30 oil on canvas winter scene was on the auction block bringing $2,750. For the second straight Jackson auction a Glenn Copper Henshaw oil on canvas was up for sale. Painted in a style not typical of his pastels the 16x20 vivid summer landscape sold for $4,500. As with most auctions there was several Will Vawter Gouache's depicting the illustrations used in the James Whitcomb Riley books. In addition, a nicely done Vawter, 14x17 oil on board, sold for $3,750 that was very clean and in a nice frame.

Overall, 20% of the paintings sold for $1,000 or more with the remaining 80% selling for less then $1,000. At the top end only two paintings sold for more then $10,000, three were between $4,000 and $5,000 and eleven came in at the $1,000 to $2,000 range. There were enough paintings in various prices range to cater to any level of Indiana art collector.

Other notable results from the auction include:

10.5x16.5, O/B, Barton Hays, Still Life: Pitcher with Apples, SLR sold for $1000
24x34, O/C, John Zwara, "Pasedena Gate", , SLR 1945 sold for $2400
10x14, O/B, Georges La Chance, "Distant Farm" , , SLR ,sold for $1500
15x20, O/C, John E. Bundy, Richmond Woods , E, SLL, sold for $700
12x16, O/B, Louis Bonsib, Rural Landscape , W, SLR, sold for $600
20x14, O/B, Patricia Rhoden, "Harmony in Light - in White" , SLR, sold for $500
16x20, O/B, Ida Gordon, Brown County Homestead, , SLR, sold for $350
14x22.5,Pen & Ink, Will Vawter, (12) Pen & Ink Drawings "Fortunes in Friendship" Illustrations, sold for $250
6x9, Watercolor, Jerry Smith, Indiana Farm, SLR, , sold for $185
7x8, Etching, Kenneth Reeve, "Homeward Bound" , SLR, sold for $90

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Monday, January 25, 2010

January 16th, 2010 Indiana Art Auction

There were 65 paintings for sale at the "Wickliff and Associates Auctioneers, Inc " auction held on January 16 th, 2010 in Indianapolis, IN. Many Indiana artists were represented in the auction, including a very nice selection of 15 works of art by  Claude Curry Bohm. Other Notiable works were Brown County Artists  Edward K. Williams, Carl Graf , Varaldo J. Cariaini, Ida Gorgan, L. O. Griffith and Genevieve Goth Graf

A few results from the auction include:

Claude Curry Bohm ,24x30, Oil on Canvas , "Sunday in Vermont" SLL, sold for $29,000
Claude Curry Bohm, 16x20, Oil on Board , "Waiting for a Ride" SLL, sold for $16,000
Claude Curry Bohm ,20x36, Oil on Canvas , "The House of the Surveyor" SLL, sold for $11,000

Carl Graf ,16x10 Oil on Board , "Where Poppies Bloom", SLR, sold for $3,750
Marie Goth, 24x20 Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Lady Sewing,  signed verso, sold for $7000
Edward K. Williams, Water Color, "The End of Winter", SLL, sold for $3,500

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Martinsville Art Sanctuary Art Show

During its first Friday of each month studio tour, the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville, Indiana held a reception for the Art Alliance of Brown County.  Multiple works from Alliance member artists were displayed in the former church main sanctuary. Anabel Hopkins who maintains a studio in Brown County had several of her oils on display and for sale.   Working in acrylic, Monique Cagel displayed many of her lanscapes consisting of typical Brown County scenes. Monique works from her Sleepy Cat Studio in Brown County and is currently an associate member of the Brown County Art Gallery Artist Association, Hoosier Salon, and Indiana Heritage Arts among others. Daren Pitts Redman displayed several of her art quilts and was the only textile artist represented at the show. Daren lives in Brown County and hand dyes the fabrics used in her work. Water Color artists were represented by the works of Tom Tuley. Also, Judy and Tom Prichard brought pottery from their Oak Grove Studio in Brown County.

In addition to the show in the main sanctuary, many of the resident artists had their studios open to the public to browse and purchase their works. The Art Sanctuary holds an open house from 5:00 to 10:00 the first Friday of every month and is located 190 North Sycamore Street in Martinsville, IN.

More information about the Art Sanctuary, shows and hours can be found at their website

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

November 15, 2009 Indiana Art Auction

There were 140 paintings for sale at the "Jacksons Auction and Real Estate Company" held on November 15th, 2009 in Indianapolis, IN. Many Indiana artists were represented in the auction, including Hoosier Group artists Theodore Clement Steele, William Forsyth, and Otto Stark. In addition, Brown County Artists Claude Curry Bohm, Dale Philip Bessire, Edward K. Williams, Carl Graf , Varaldo J. Cariaini, and George LaChance were among other notable artists.

Auction attendees were provided the opportunity to view a major oil on board by Glenn Cooper Henshaw (1884 to 1946) measuring 25x34. Although not titled by the artist, the painting was of a New York scene and Signed Lower Right (SLR) “21 'NY”. Very few Henshaw oil's come up for auction and certainly not one of this caliber. Several bidders were interested in purchasing the Henshaw with bidder competition very strong. At the end, the winning bidder left with a very nice painting for $27,000.

Another work by well known Brown County landscape painter Edward K Williams (1870 to 1950) was also for sale. E. K. Williams moved to Brown County in 1926 but had spent time painting in the area prior to his arrival. Williams exhibited at the Hoosier Salon from 1928 to 1949 with the exception of one year. The 16x20 oil on canvas titled "On Cheerful Hill" was a classic Brown County winter scene similar to those painted by other brown county artists of the time. This particular painting caught the eye of several bidders with the bidding topping out at $27,000.

Two Theodore Clement Steele (1847 to 1926) paintings were represented. One was a 20x16 oil on canvas portrait of a young boy unsigned but with authenticity . The other a 22x32 oil on canvas SLR 1917 and titled “Through the Clearing” sold for $11,500.

Two nice Dale P. Bessire (1882 to 1974) paintings were also in the auction.. An oil on canvas titled “Winter in the Hills” measured 20x24 and was Signed Lower Left (SLL) brought $5,000. A very well done Bessire painting of a fall scene with large barn, measuring 20x24 SLR and titled “Old Derelict Barn” went for $4,900.

A few other results from the auction include:

William Forsyth,  24x18, Oil on Board, SLR 1917 sold for $2,000
Georges LaChance 20x24, Oil on Board, SLL sold for $2,750
Claude Curry Bohm 20x24, Oil on Board, SLR sold for $2,000
Will Vawter 15x11, Gouache, SLR, "The Raggedy Man" sold for $2,000
Anthony Buchta 24x27, Oil on Canvas, SLR 1930, "Summers Boyhood Joys" Hoosier Salon entry sold for $3,500

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