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img_9269Under a starry sky by the Lieutenant River, last night’s 34th Annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance – A Sense of Place, celebrating the acquisition of the last privately held parcel of Miss Florence’s original estate – was a smashing success!

There was the most dazzling array of art and experiences to bid on.

Frolickers certainly enjoyed the interactive photo booth by Tap Snap of Niantic! 

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We had a special surprise! Senator Richard Blumenthal.

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What a delicious locally-sourced dinner by Jonathan Rapp and  River Tavern.   

The tent full of guests were spirited in their bidding (thanks to led by our one and only talented auctioneer, Wil Bradford)

Who wouldn’t want to dance to the fun and ever popular Eight to the Bar! 

As always, we are grateful to our volunteers who make this our biggest fundraiser of the year — with all the funds devoted to the Museum’s top-notch educational programming. 

We couldn’t do it without you!

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Auction Catalog one page 2016

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A selection of Auction items is featured below.

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LIVE AUCTION

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Nelson H. White
The Yellow Umbrella
VALUE: $6,000

Oil on canvas, 12 x 20 inches, 2016. Nelson Holbrook White is the grandson of Lyme Art Colony artist Henry Cooke White. Inspired and instructed by his father and grandfather, Nelson decided to devote himself to painting. In 1955 he traveled to Florence, Italy, where he studied with famed painters Pietro Annigoni and Nerina Simi. He continues to work in the United States, Italy, France, Switzerland, and the Bahamas. Nelson has exhibited his work throughout the world and is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Florence Griswold Museum.
Donated by the Artist

 

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Retreat to Telluride, Colorado
VALUE: $5,000

Escape to the awe-inspiring and unforgettable scenery of Telluride, Colorado. Spend a week in a condo at the Ice House Lodge located in the center of Telluride near the restaurants and shopping area and just one block from the free gondola. Enjoy two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a study with a pullout queen sofa, as well as a continental breakfast each morning and use of a pool, steam room, and hot tub. Available for seven nights during December 1-17, 2016; December 31 – January 9, 2017; or June 1-17, 2017, by mutual agreement.
Donated by Carol Klimek

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Dinner at the Moores’ Home
VALUE: UNIQUE!

Delectable dinner at the home of Benefit chair and Museum trustee Deborah Moore and her husband Roy for eight guests featuring high-end California wines from Roy’s personal collection. This is sure to be a great evening of good food, wine and conversation. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Valid for one year.
Donated by Deborah & Roy Moore

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Stay a Week in Italy!
VALUE: $2,000

Travel to what has been called one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Tuscany — the village of Cetona in the province of Siena and stay in this stunning 2,700 sq. ft. apartment. The 2nd floor offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with wonderful architectural details such as coffered ceilings, frescoed walls, and luxurious furnishings, blended with modern conveniences such as wi-fi, laptop, dishwasher, washer and dryer. A great room comprises the kitchen, dining, and living room with their original terracotta tiles and views onto the main piazza of Cetona. Everything you need is at your doorstep: restaurants, cafes, markets, and grocery stores selling local delicacies. Airfare not included. No pets or small children and non-smoking guests only, please. Time to be arranged by mutual agreement. A cleaning fee of $200 is not included. Valid for one year.
Donated by Philippa & Gaetano Mannino

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Four Tickets to Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Game at Yankee Stadium
VALUE: PRICELESS!

Take in a Red Sox v. Yankees game early in the 2017 season at Yankee Stadium, the premier rivalry in professional sports. The package will include four Field MVP seats behind home plate. In addition, the package will include access to the Legend Suite Buffet, which offers one of the finest private dining experiences in NYC (along with a private bar, unlimited game snacks, a gelato bar, and a private entrance to the field), just off the main stadium concourse.
Donated by Andy Baxter

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Cocktail Party at “Ted’s Tavern: Sail In – Swagger Out”
VALUE: PRICELESS!

Enjoy a cocktail party for ten in an 18th-century private pub within the beautiful Old Lyme home of the Museum’s Board President, Ted Hamilton and his wife Pamela. Ted will be your bartender and Pamela will serve delicious hors d’oeurves, making for a magical evening! Valid for one year; date to be mutually agreed upon.

Donated by Ted & Pamela Hamilton

Silent Auction

Paintings, Prints, and Drawings

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Judy Friday
Garden #2
VALUE: $3,000
OPENING BID: $1,200
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $200

Sewn beads and ribbons, 20 1/2 x 22 inches, 2010. Judy Friday is a prolific Lyme artist who turns her creative eye to many mediums. She studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and with Robert Reed of Yale. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout New England and the Midwest.
Donated by the Artist

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Gustave Cimiotti (1875-1969)
Moonrise, New England
VALUE: $3,000
OPENING BID: $1,200
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $200

Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, circa 1914. Gustave Cimiotti was born in New York in 1875, and raised in Verona, New Jersey. He studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Metropolitan School of Art under the instruction of Beckwith, Twachtman, Cox, and Weir. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Donated by Peter and Henrietta Sherwin

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Ralf Feyl
River Grass
VALUE: $2,800
OPENING BID: $1,100
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $200

Oil on board, 6 x 9 inches, 2015. Ralf Feyl studied with the respected Bill Parks at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He then traveled East to study at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and became deeply inspired by the mysterious borderlands of the New England coast and the people who inhabit it. The Cooley Gallery offered Feyl his first exhibition in 1992 and has shown his work there ever since.
Donated by the Artist

 

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Kate Cordsen
Ravine 7
VALUE: $2,200
OPENING BID: $900
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $100

Chromogenic C-Print, 20 x 25 inches, 2013. Kate Cordsen is an American photographer known for large scale minimalist landscapes. She received a BA in the History of Art and East Asian Studies from Washington & Lee University, an MPP from Georgetown University, studied Chinese and Japanese art history at Harvard University, and photography at the International Center of Photography. Kate is one of the featured photographers of the Museum’s upcoming In Place: Contemporary Photographers Envision a Museum exhibition, on view October 1, 2016 – January 27, 2017.
Donated by the Artist

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Julia Zanes
Little Red House
VALUE: $1,800
OPENING BID: $700
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $100

Mixed media on board, 8 x 8 inches, 2015. Julia Zanes attended The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her mixed media paintings read like fairy tales unfolding in complicated visual patterns and have been shown throughout New England, as well as in Canada, New Orleans, and Chicago. She has been exhibiting at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts since 1991.
Donated by the Artist

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Noel Quinn (1915-1993)
Easy Street, Nantucket Island, MA
VALUE: $1,675
OPENING BID: $600
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $100

Watercolor, 20 x 24 1/2 inches. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1936, Quinn received a fellowship to do post graduate studies in France and Italy. He studied with Andre L’Hote, a key teacher in the Cubist art movement and with Andre Cassandre. His style features bold patterns, bright colors and geometric abstractions based on cubist ideas. He sold work through galleries in Paris, New York and Los Angeles.
Donated by Anonymous Donor
Framing donated by The Wall Street Gallery, Madison, CT

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Maureen McCabe
Pele and the Rescuing Nymphs
VALUE: $1,500
OPENING BID: $600
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $100

Mixed media on board, 6 x 8 x 1 3/4 inches, 2016. Maureen McCabe is a widely recognized artist who is known for her highly imaginative yet carefully composed box constructions. Pele and the Rescuing Nymphs offers an allegory of salvation from the wrath of Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire. With their protective powers, the nymphs, based on a painting by J.W. Waterhouse, come to the rescue with a golden life preserver and other talismans of safety and good fortune.
Donated by the Artist

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Deborah Quinn-Munson
Spring on the Lieutenant River
VALUE: $1,500
OPENING BID: $600
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $100

Oil on board, 16 x 23 inches, 2016. Deborah earned degrees in fine art at Wesleyan University and the University of New Hampshire. She also studied at deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Her work is known for its strong composition and energetic paint application combined with peaceful and serene views of the water and shoreline. Deborah has won numerous awards, and her work is included in many private and corporate collections throughout the country.
Donated by the Artist

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George B. Burr (1876-1939)
Suburban Back Yard, Spring
VALUE: $1,500
OPENING BID: $600
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $100

Watercolor, 16 x 19 1/2 inches. George Burr studied at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts, Munich Academy of Fine Arts, the Colarossi Academy in Paris with Whistler and the Art Students League in New York. He was a member of the Lyme Art Association, Salmagundi Club, and the Printmakers Society of California. An early member of the Lyme Art Colony, his works are in many public and private collections, including the Florence Griswold Museum.
Donated by Hedy & Jim Korst

 

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Jan Blencowe
Summer Reverie
VALUE: $1,000
OPENING BID: $400
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $100

Acrylic, 13 x 17 inches. Jan Blencowe received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Caldwell College in New Jersey. She is inspired by the landscape of New England and is dedicated to capturing and preserving the beauty of coastal waterways and inland farms and fields. Jan is a member of several professional art organizations and has been awarded numerous prizes. Her work can be found in numerous private collections in the United States and abroad.
Donated by the Artist

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Gigi Horr Liverant
Autumn Forest
VALUE: $850
OPENING BID: $350
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $50

Pastel, 14 1/2 x 13 inches. Gigi attended Paier College of Art in New Haven. She has been awarded numerous awards and honors, including First Prize Connecticut Women Artists and Best in Show Connecticut Pastel Society, as well as being awarded important national and regional commissions. Her works are in many private and public collections, including the Lyman Allyn Museum.
Donated by Timothy & Ann McCann
Framing donated by Artisan Framing & Gallery, Niantic, CT

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Donna Levinstone
Ocean Grid 1
VALUE: $850
OPENING BID: $350
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $50

Pastel, 10 x 10 inches, 2015. Donna Levinstone was born in New York in 1955 and is based in Long Island City. Her art education includes the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and the Art Students League of New York. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, and her work is in many private and public collections, including the Library of Congress and the Museum of the City of New York.
Donated by the Artist

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ede-else (1894-1984)
Nestled in the Hills
VALUE: $750
OPENING BID: $300
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $50

Oil, 13 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches, 1978. Born Elsie Miller in East Orange, NJ, ede-else studied at Art Students League of New York for five years and was active in the Greenwich Village art scene. She was drawn to the Connecticut shore in 1949, where she was an elected member of the Lyme Art Association and exhibited there until her death. Her works are in many private collections across the United States, as well as in the Florence Griswold Museum’s permanent collection.
Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph F. Besier

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Daniel Graves
Venice Canals
VALUE: $700
OPENING BID: $300
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $50

Etching, 5 x 7 inches. Founder and director of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, Daniel Graves has a rich background of artistic training. He graduated from the Maryland Art Institute in 1972, where he studied anatomy, painting, and etching. He then pursued his training in the Old Masters techniques and classical realism with several reputable teachers. He has had numerous solo and group shows in Europe and the United States, and his works are part of private and public collections worldwide.
Donated by the Artist

 

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Thomas Nason (1889–1971)
Spring Landscape
VALUE: $600
OPENING BID: $250
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $50

Copper engraving, 6 x 9 inches, 1935. Working from his studio on Joshuatown Road in Lyme, CT printmaker Thomas W. Nason built a lasting reputation for his deliberate and stark wood engravings of rural New England life, many of which were created to accompany treasured poems by Robert Frost. Nason’s stirring pastorals and meditations on nature and regional architecture encourage a poetic reading of his prints, including this one, which remains one of his best known works.
Donated by Hedy & Jim Korst
Framing donated by Shoreline Framing, LLC, Westbrook, CT

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Michael Theise
Marble Top
VALUE: $600
OPENING BID: $250
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $50

Oil on panel, 3 1/2 x 5 inches. Michael Theise is a master of trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) painting. He is a graduate of the Paier College of Art and is considered a protégé of Ken Davies. He is represented in many prestigious collections and galleries, including Vose Galleries in Boston and The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme.
Donated by the Artist

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Tom Rose
Off to the Hunt
VALUE: $485
OPENING BID: $200
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $50

Giclée, 34 x 34 inches. In addition to owning and operating Black Whale Antiques at Rattleberry Farm in Hadlyme for over 30 years, Tom Rose’s artwork has appeared in numerous national magazines, including House Beautiful, Country Living, and Colonial Homes. His latest endeavor is a series called, “Doggone Old Masters” — a light-hearted take on paintings of the Old Masters. Tom’s portrait of a beagle riding high on his horse heading off to the hunt will make a whimsical conversation piece for any home.
Donated by Black Whale Antiques, Hadlyme, CT

 

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Morris Rosenfeld (1885-1968)
Flying Spinnakers
VALUE: $475
OPENING BID: $200
MINIMUM BIDDING INCREMENT: $50

Silver gelatin print, 11 x 14 inches, 1938. Rosenfeld began his career by photographing on wood and copper for textbook illustrations and freelancing for Leslie’s Weekly and Harper’s. He also worked with Edwin J. Levick, a leading yacht photographer, and studied art at Cooper Union. In 1910, Morris opened a studio in Manhattan where he began doing industrial and advertising photography. As his business grew he was able to focus more on maritime subjects, for which he is best known. The Rosenfeld Collection was acquired by the Mystic Seaport in 1984 and is one of the largest archives of maritime photographs in the United States.
Donated by Mystic Seaport Rosenfeld Collection, Mystic CT

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