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$400,000,000 Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi record price at Christie’s Auction tonight!

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Confidence was in the room for the Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Salvator Mundi, painting which climbed from a starting bid of $75,000,000 to $400,000,000 (hammer price) at Christie’s Contemporary art sale Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Mona Lisa value has climbed tonight as well.

The buyer’s premium for Salvator Mundi will bring the sale to $450,312,500.

Hammer price is the highest bid announced by the auctioneer just before the gavel drops. Additional charges include fees such as buyers premium, taxes, etc added to the hammer price.

Prior record private sales for a William de Kooning (Interchange) and Paul Gauguin (Nafea Faa Ipoipo) reached 300 million. This Christie’s auction sale is public.

The da Vinci was the 9th lot in a sale featuring 58 lots. Prior to the da Vinci excitement a Kerry James Marshall did quite well.

Live Sale still in process. Hammer prices so far

1B Adam Pendleton $180,000
2B Philippe Parreno $420,000 (est $250,000-$350,000 )
3B Kerry James Marshall $4.2 million (est. 1-1.5 million)
4B Frank Stella $3.2 million (est 2.2 – 2.8 million)
5B Eva Hesse $900,000 (est $800,000-$1.2 million)
6B Rothko  $28.5 million (est $25 million – 35 million)
7B Bourgeois $7.5 million (est $10 million-$15 million)
8B Vija Celmins  $3,500,000 (est $1,500,000-2,500,000)
9B   LEONARDO DA VINCI
10B Jean Michel Basquit PASSED
11B Keith Haring sold $3,500,000
12B John Currin PASSED
13B Andy Warhol sold $56,000,000

28B Milton Avery Pale Field, Dark Mountain 1959 approx 40 x 54 oil  hammer price was $1,300,000

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👏 #GloucesterMA: Dawn’s Studio dance students sparkled on the Walt Disney Stage @WaltDisneyWorld FLA

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Photo caption: children from Gloucester MA performed with Dawn’s Studio of Dance at Walt Disney World November 7, 2017. Photos shared from participating families 

On November 7, 2017, 19 children from Gloucester performed with Dawn’s Studio of Dance at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Gloucester dancers did a fantatstic job performing with Disney Performing Arts under the direction of Gloucester’s instructors, Dawn Koller and Tiffany Smith. The 2017 dancers were a multi-age group, includingseniors from Gloucester High School as well as students from O’Maley and some of the local elementary schools. Many friends and family from Gloucester watched the performance and were thrilled to see Gloucester “sparkle on the Disney stage.” Dawn’s has been bringing dancers for years and some of these kids have performed at Disney World many times before. About 4 years ago, they were chosen to lead the parade at Magic Kingdom over all the other dance studios that were there to be in the parade.

Congratulations to all the dancers! A couple of more photos:
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Sotheby’s auction tanked as Berkshire Museum art yanked & Paul Manship sculpture soared past estimate

The November 13, 2017 evening art sales –counting buyers’ premiums–totaled nearly $500,000,000  between two major NYC auction houses: Sotheby’s American Art sales were $19,407,375 and Christies Impressionism and Modern Art sales were $479,000,000 million.

The Sotheby’s sale was unusual because 7 of its 84 star lots were withdrawn just before the auction, a result of the Berkshire Museum litigation. (The combined conservative value of potential sales for the museum lots was $30,000,000 at the low presale estimate range. If the art is sold in the future its value will be more because of the increased familiarity.) Other Sotheby’s lots went unsold. Two Norman Rockwell works surpassed their estimates.  Of note for Gloucester artists fans, Paul Manship’s sculpture heavily surpassed its estimate. One Milton Avery sold within its estimate range while a second went unsold. There was a selection of original and rare Paul Manship sculpture for sale in Gloucester this summer (here’s the link).

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detail of Paul Manship (1885-1966)  Diana, 1921, which sold for $975,000 at Sotheby’s on November 13, 2017  (hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium) Sotheby’s presale estimate was $400,000-$600,000

Christies sale night had several surprises including records for Leger ($71,000,000)

Christies Leger record breaker Fernand Léger (1881-1955), Contraste de formes, 1913. 36⅜ x 28⅞ in (92.4 x 73.2 cm). Sold for $70,062,500 in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sa

and a gorgeous Vuillard,

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and big bidding for Van Gogh ($81,000,000 million).

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Laboureur dans un champ, painted in Saint Rémy, early September 1889. 19⅞ x 25½ in (50.3 x 64.9 cm). Sold for $81,312,500 in the Impressionist & Modern

Christies superstar Fall lot is still to come and in all the news: Salvator Mundi –attributed to Leonardo da Vinci– will be sold in the contemporary sale alongside Warhol tomorrow. It’s been for sale since it was rediscovered in the oughts, but no museum purchased it and experts debate its hand and condition. The opening bid for the “lost Leonardo” will be $100,000,000. A Jean Michel Basquit sold for $110,500,000 last May. Christie’s marketing hype video “The Last da Vinci…”

 

 

Georgia Barnhill curator’s talk “What Makes Fitz Henry Lane’s Lithographs So Special?”

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20170929_162640Curator’s talk at the Cape Ann Museum SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2pm

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS $10 for members ($20 for non members includes museum admission)

read about the talk from the Cape Ann Museum press release:

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Andy Warhol art found in Amesbury North Shore MA goes to local Auction house

Andy Warhol gifts of art and memorabilia to Jon Gould to sell at John McInnis Auctioneers estate sale on December 2, 2017

From the auction house printed matter:

The Contents of The Harriett (Woodsom) Gould Country Home in Amesbury, MA
Removed for convenience to our McInnis Gallery,76 MAIN STREET – AMESBURY, MA

SESSION ONE

Friday, December 1 at 3 p.m.
OLD FASHIONED DISCOVERY AUCTION
There will be no internet bidding for this session

SESSION TWO
Saturday, December 2 at 1 p.m.
IMPORTANT CATALOGED SALE Of ANTIQUES and POP ART, WARHOL, BASQUIAT and RELATED ITEMS

Harriett and her husband “Bud” were well known long time Amesbury Residents. Harriett grew up on the famous Woodsom Farm and Bud ran Gould Insurance for decades. Discovered in  the estate to be auctioned are the personal belongings of Jon J. Gould, son of Harriett and Bud.  Jon was a former Vice President of Paramount Pictures and shared a special bond with Andy Warhol, becoming Andy’s closest friend and companion in the 1980’s. 

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Return of the Magnificent 7: Healy halts Sotheby’s from selling Berkshire Museum art

For now, PASS!

On Friday November 10, 2017, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy responded to Judge Agostini’s November 7th decision greenlighting Sotheby’s sale. The Massaschusetts AGO appeal reversed the decision, ultimately procuring an injunction from Judge Trainor, Massachusetts Appeals Court. This 11th hour move will not be the last word on the case, though it scuttles any scheduled sale prior to December 11 (with allowances for extensions to build the case.)

Meanwhile, on Monday, November 13, 2017, collectors can purchase Martin Johnson Heade’s Crimson Topaz Hummingbirds and 76 major American paintings at Sotheby’s. The Sotheby’s sale originally featured 84 lots. Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop, and 6 more of the Berkshire Museum 40, will not be sold, yet.

No bidding No sales for these 7 Berkshire Museum Sotheby’s lot 10 – lot 16:

Berkshire Museum Albert Bierstadt Connecticut River Valley Claremont NH Sothebys Lot 15

Albert Bierstadt Connecticut River Valley Claremont NH  temporarily remaining collection Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum Augustus Saint Gaudens Diana of the Tower 1899

Augustus Saint Gaudns Diana of the Tower  temporarily remaining collection Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum George Henry Durrie Hunter in Winter Wood Sothebys lot 11

George Henry Durrie Hunter in Winter Wood temporarily remaining collection Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum John La Farge Magnolia Sotheby's Lot12

John La Farge Magnolia  temporarily remaining collection Berkshire Museum

Norman Rockwell Blacksmith 1940 Berkshire Museum potential Sothebys sale

Norman Rockwell Blacksmith’s boy 1940

Berkshire Museum Thomas Wilmer Dewing The White Dress Sotheby's Lot 13

Thomas Wilmer Dewing The White Dress  temporarily remaining collection Berkshire Museum

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Martin Johnson Heade Crimson Topaz Hummingbirds Nesting near a Palm tree o c 13 x 11 ca1865 est 150 to 200 thousand Sothebys

This one you can buy; it’s not from the Berkshire Museum. Martin Johnson Heade Crimson Topaz Hummingbirds Nesting near a Palm tree oil on canvas, 13 x 11, ca1865, Sotheby’s presale estimate is $150,000 to $250,000. Heade painted Newburyport and area great salt marsh scenes

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Attorney General APPEALS @BerkshireMuseum Judge Agostini decision, & Sotheby’s sale is HALTED

INJUNCTION!

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Sotheby’s catalogue entry for Norman Rockwell Shuffleton’s Barbershop

 

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy responded Friday November 10, 2017

Appeal trail underway then Injunction granted for Monday’s Sotheby’s sale

  1. 11/10/2017  Motion for stay under M.R.A.P. 6(a) filed by Maura Healy.
  2. 11/10/2017 Memorandum of law in support filed for Maura Healy
  3. 11/10/2017 Record Appendix Volume I filed by Maura Healy
  4. 11/10/2017 Record Appendix Volume II filed by Maura Healy
  5. 11/10/2017 IMPOUNDED Record Appendx filed by Maura Healy
  6. 11/10/2017 Response to Motion to Stay, filed by Tom Patti, Tom Patti Design LLC.8
  7. (none)
  8. 11/102017 Motion to exceed page limit filed for Trustees of Berkshire Musuem by Attorney William Lee.
  9. 11/10/2017 Opposition to Motion to Stay, filed by Trustees of Berkshire Musuem.
  10. 11/10/2017 Supplemental Record appendix filed for Trustees of Berkshire Musuem
  11. 11/10/2017 ORDER: The motion for a stay pending appeal pursuant to Mass. R. App. P. 6(a) from the November 7, 2017, order of the Superior Court denying the request for a preliminary injunction, is allowed. The Attorney General’s Office shall forthwith file a notice of appeal in the Superior Court if it has not already done so. The Attorney General’s Office shall file a status report on or before December 11, 2017, regarding the status of the appeal. (Trainor, J.). Notice/attest/Agostini, J.
  12. 11/10/2017 ORDER: After reviewing the parties’ submissions, the request for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the defendant, Trustees of the Berkshire Museum from selling, auctioning, or otherwise disposing of any of the artworks that have been listed for auction commencing on November 13, 2017, is allowed. The balance of the risk of irreparable harm to the petitioner and the respondent in light of each party’s chance of success on the merits weighs in favor of the petitioner. Packaging Industries Group, Inc. v. Cheney, 380 Mass. 609, 615-617 (1980). The injunction shall expire on December 11, 2017. Prior to the expiration of the injunction, the Attorney General’s Office may move to extend the injunction with a date certain by which the investigation will be completed. (Trainor, J.). Notice/attest/Agostini, J.

This 11th hour move is not the last word on the case.  Stay tuned!

On Monday, November 13, 2017, collectors CAN purchase Martin Johnson Heade’s Crimson Topaz Hummingbirds from Sotheby’s.

But not Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop, or any of the Berkshire Museum 40, for now.

Martin Johnson Heade Crimson Topaz Hummingbirds Nesting near a Palm tree o c 13 x 11 ca1865 est 150 to 200 thousand Sothebys

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fun news from Sugar Mags @TasteofCapeAnn | Drift Wood Charcuterie boards scrumptious and custom

Melissa Sallah, owner of Sugar Magnolia’s has opened DRIFT WOOD CHARCUTERIE, a delicious catering option to help you entertain in style. When you order Drift Wood Charcuterie boards– like the one featured at Taste of Cape Ann– you’ll get a delicious spread to kick off your party plus a one off charcuterie board hand crafted by RPF Woodworking that you keep! Call Melissy at Sugar Magnolia’s (978) 509-5641

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YMCA 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann at Cruiseport draws huge crowd

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YMCA teens help host & work the fundraiser

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“All set here,” Cameron checking in on the booths

photos: teens help the annual fundraiser run smoothly (click on photos to enlarge and see captions)

 

Who Brought the Magic for a great cause?

I don’t think that there are many individual YMCA or towns that could pull this fundraiser off so well. They don’t have Rick Doucette and the rest of the great staff in Gloucester or such a ridiculous abundance of local foodie establishments and culture. Here’s a list of Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore great eats and drinks establishments that participated this year:

1606 Restaurant, Beauport Hotel, Gloucester; Azorean Restaurant, Gloucester; Cake Ann, Gloucester; Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester; Cape Ann Foodie Tours, Gloucester; Captain Carlos, Gloucester; Classic Cooks Catering, Gloucester; Feather & Wedge, Rockport; Ipswich Ale Brewery; Italiano Restaurant & Bar, Gloucester; Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, Gloucester; Latitude 43, Gloucester; Liquor Locker Gloucester; Mile Marker One Gloucester; Mojo coffee Beverly Cape Ann Farmers Market; Mom’s Kitchen Gloucester; Passports Restaurant Gloucester; Pigeon Cove Ferments; Pigeon Cove Tavern & Emerson Inn By the Sea, Rockport; Riverwalk Brewing Company, Newburyport; Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Gloucester; Sea Glass Restaurant @ Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester; Seaport Grille, Gloucester; Stones Pub & Eatery, Gloucester; Sugar Magnolias, Gloucester; Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, Gloucester

Dazzling fine food, desserts and drinks were at every turn. Feather & Wedge, 1606 Restaurant, Mile Marker One, Classic Cooks, Azorean, Sea Glass Restaurant, and Sugar Mags served winning main dishes. To die for desserts and specialty drinks were abundant. Virgilios cannolis were gone fast!

photos: Great fun taking snapshots at all the booths. (Apologies to Liquor Locker! The only photo that didn’t come out.)

 

Live Entertainment – Jerome Music

Sounds of Taste of Cape Ann thanks to fine musicians were John Jerome on guitar and vocals, and Steve Jerome on drums. Cameron sat in as a back up drummer.

 

Wouldn’t happen without the 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Cruiseport Gloucester

Presenting Sponsors: Beauport Financial Services, Robert Stewart PC, Tom Davis CPA

plus all the participating restaurants, hotels, specialty food and liquor businesses, and  local business support for all those gift basket raffles

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Patti Amaral Clean City Initiative thanks Jason Burroughs & others for refurbishing #PublicArt Carry In Carry Out murals @Gloucester beaches

Nice letter from Patti Amaral in today’s Gloucester Daily Times writing on behalf of the city’s Clean City Initiative. She thanked the city, donors and supporters while providing some background about the Carry In Carry Out art. In case you missed it: Nov 9 2017  Letter to the Editor

Patti Amaral thanks Jason Burroughs for Public Art and other community partners for help with beach and gardens

The murals were refurbished by Jason Burroughs in October 2017. They were designed and painted by Bob Viau from StudioVo 15 years ago. Here are a few photos documenting the refurbishing. The Wingaersheek wall needed more attention.

Carry In Carry Out mural at Good Harbor Beach BEFORE 

CONDITION BEFORE Good Harbor Beach Carry In Carry Out mural had faded. original by studiovo 2002 redone 2017 Jason Burroughs

Carry In Carry Out mural at Good Harbor Beach AFTER

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Carry In Carry Out mural at Wingaersheek BEFORE

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Carry In Carry Out mural at Wingaersheek AFTER

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Anyone interested in sponsoring a possible update to these beach displays, please let her know!

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Annisquam Village Church: Sacred Images Sacred Jazz concert + Art Exhibition November 18th

Sacred Images Sacred Jazz concert and exhibition

Join us for an exploratory voyage to the nearly inexpressible world of spirit. By bringing together inspired paintings with soulful improvisations and soundscapes, we joyfully invite you into the sacred dance of life.

Concert + Exhibition

Saira Elizabeth Austin, artist Greta Bro, vocals, songwriter with Stan Strickland, sax, vocals + friends: – Akill Jamal Haynes, bass; Josh Rosen, piano; Pashawarl Cohen, percussion

Saturday Nov 18, 6:30 pm Viewing + Artist Talk followed by Concert at 7:30 pm
Donations at the door: $20/$15

https://www.facebook.com/MusicAnnisquamVillageChurch/photos/gm.183486442200340/193918691153681/?type=3&theater

Annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair December 2nd

Save the Date! Press Release From The Annisquam Sewing Circle:

Each autumn the members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle gather to prepare for the Annual Christmas Fair, well known for its fabulous one-of-a-kind wreaths and center pieces as well as decorated boxwood trees. Also one will find beautiful bulbs and potted plants ready to give or take home, delicious homemade gourmet food items and handcrafted gift items. 

Annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair
December 2, 2017 – 8:00am – 12:00 pm
Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street, Gloucester MA 01930-1322

The Annual Christmas Fair & Luncheon and the Annual Plant and Gourmet Food Sale raise funds to support scholarships for graduating seniors who are going on to college, training for a trade or other educational opportunities and community projects on Cape Ann, for example: The Open Door Food Pantry, Backyard GrowersCape Ann Animal AidPathways for Children.

The Annisquam Sewing Circle was begun in 1837 as the Annisquam Female Benevolent Society. It is thought to be the oldest continuous independent society of women on Cape Ann.

The Society’s purpose as stated in its Preamble, was “for the performance of acts of benevolence.” Through the years, the Society, and now the Circle, has contributed generously to community programs and to individuals.

Web site: AnnisquamSewingCircle.org
Blog: http://www.annisquamsewingcircle.net
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/AnnisquamSewingCircle

 

Berkshire Museum can sell ALL art | Judge John Agostini okays Sotheby’s auction

detail from Norman Rockwell Blacksmith (1940 for Saturday Evening Post)

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From Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees President Elizabeth “Buzz” McGraw:

“We believe we acted consistent with our responsibility to this community and our collections, to keep this museum open now and strengthen it for generations to come. We are grateful the Judge recognized the care and diligence the Board exercised in arriving at this decision, and that today’s decision will ensure we can move forward.”

–more to come —

*sent from phone, no power again in East Gloucester

 

#GloucesterMA #publicart | 370 Main Street Action Inc mural newly repainted by artist Jason Burroughs

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On November 2 2017 David Brooks and Jason Burroughs re-installed the Action Inc public art mural, Harbor and Home, which was newly repainted by Burroughs.

Cole Herbst was the original artist of the Home and Harbor mural, installed in 2010. Herbst used spray paint, acrylics and markers. Fellow artists Jake Stafford and Giacomo Vorhees helped Herbst with the project, and Jason Burroughs was involved a bit, too. Burroughs and Herbst were students together in the Compass youth program, Action Inc. Burroughs and Herbst have been in contact about the condition of Harbor and Home and settled on the current solution. Herbst is living overseas and is pleased Burroughs revived the mural and its new iteration.

©Action Inc courtesy photo

David Brooks and Jason Burroughs re-installed Harbor and Home October 2, 2017 ©Action Inc and Jason Burroughs courtesy photo (all others c ryan)

 

2015 (by then the mural had faded) BEFORE vs 2017 AFTER

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Oct 2017

July 2015 Action mural

2015- original mural had faded

 

2010 Unveiling and 2017 Unveiling

 

Jason Burroughs worked on the mural at the HIVE Cape Ann Art Haven.

©Terry Weber photograph,Nov 2010, unveiling mural at Action then Exec Dir Tim Riley on left, artist Cole Herbert right unveiling Harbor and Home mural

©Terry Weber photograph,Nov 2010, for Cape Ann Beacon- unveiling mural at Action. On left, then Exec Dir Tim Riley and artist Cole Herbst right unveiling Harbor and Home mural

Rare Edward Hopper print The Lonely House fetched record auction price @SwannGalleries

The Edward Hopper etching The Lonely House was the star lot going into the sale and in the live auction last night. The print sold for $310,000 vaulting past its pre auction estimate of $150,000-$200,000.

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Hopper’s Les Poilus circa 1915 surpassed its $15000-$20,000 pre-sale estimate as well, selling for $42,500. I’ve sold an impression of the Lonely House before but I’ve only scene Les Poilus in the Whitney collection.

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The sale featured Old Master through Modern prints by American and European artists.

Here’s a link to the Swann Galleries catalogue for the November 4th 2017 sale 2460 and the Swann Galleries auction results. Images in this post are from Swann Galleries.

Besides Edward Hopper, there were prints by artists with Gloucester connections (or topics of interest such as a 1680 engraving of a beached whale).

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Willem Van Gouwen after matham A Beached Whale between Scheveningen and Katwijk 1680 engraving sold for 1875

Records were achieved for other prints like Martin Lewis, Relics, $55,000

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a rare Odilon Redon 1892 lithograph sold for $47,500

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and a Rembrandt 1631 etching, Self portrait with Cap Pulled Forward, that sold for $65,000.

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See more highlights below the “read more” break from the nearly 500 prints that were sold at the November Swann Galleries auction.

Head to the Cape Ann museum Fitz Henry Lane exhibition Drawn from Nature and on Stone: The lithgraphs of Fitz Henry Lane to experience a great print show in person. Read more

Meet CHRIS VAN DUSEN and see Virginia Lee Burton drawings for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel @WenhamMuseum

Wenham Museum Dig This..and Build That! Opens This Weekend

Opening Party – Sunday, November 5, 2017 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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Opening Party – Sunday, November 5, 2017 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission
Meet Author Chris Van Dusen, take part in a community build, and create your own road!  

Wenham Museum Press Release: “See and touch everything from architecture and autos to books and blocks in our latest exhibit! 

Featuring original illustrations from Virginia Lee Burton’s classic 1939 book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and antique toys from the museum’s collection, we have it all when it comes to construction: vehicles, building blocks, Erector Sets, puzzles, LEGOs, and more! There are also original illustrations by two current artists: Chris Van Dusen’s books If I Built a House and If I Built a Car, and Brian Lovelock’s books Roadwork, Construction, and Demolition.

Plus, dig out some toys and materials to create your own constructions right in the gallery! Get on a digger and move stones in the pit, put together amazing creations from Lincoln Logs, building blocks, LEGOs, and more, and try your hand at building a book to take home with you!

On Sunday, join us for our exhibit opening party where there will be lots of hands-on construction opportunities including creating your own road and working on our community building project. We are also so excited to welcome children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen who will be here to to sign his books, If I Built a House and If I Built a Car. “

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Virginia Lee Burton, children’s book author/illustrator, Folly Cove textile designer and founder, resided and worked in Gloucester, MA, where she created some of America’s most popular and classic children’s picture books. Burton’s characters and stories have been enjoyed by children of all ages all over the world. She received the Caldecott medal in 1943 for The Little House. Other books include Katy and the Big Snow and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

Emergency Motion! Berkshire Museum dramatic courtroom hearing

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WWII poster, Loose Lips might Sink Ships  Seymour R Goff (“essargee“) From 1934-43, milions of New Deal and Works Progress Administration (WPA) posters (original silkscreens, woodcuts and lithos) were created from nearly 35, 000 designs for various government agencies. All the poster divisions were transferred to the War Department by 1942. Seagram sponsored this one.

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, there was a hearing in Berkshire Superior Court concerning efforts to block the upcoming Sotheby’s sale of Berkshire Museum art. Judge John Agostini presided over the hearing. Apparently the plaintiff cases were not enough; the Attorney General’s office filed an emergency motion DURING yesterday’s two hour hearing. There was a large audience. More than one observer felt that the courtroom scene looked like a Norman Rockwell painting. Judge Agostini said he will make his decision soon.
Here’s the conclusion from The Berkshire Eagle article by Larry Parnass (they’ll be getting awards for their coverage):
Trustees acted unreasonably, she said, by treating the art collection as “fungible.”
The term refers to a commodity that can be traded for something else, such as cash.
Instead, Aladro said, the board turned away from its “core legacy” as a museum and took steps that will sever its connection to cultural institutions it needs to hold future exhibitions. “You ask what the museum did wrong,” Keating said to the judge. “They violated their own written policies.”  Briefs filed in the case show that trustees voted to sign a contract with Sotheby’s weeks before removing provisions from policies that prohibited selling art in the way it intends. Keating also accused trustees of secrecy. “They knew there would be pushback. They didn’t want to face this.” He pointed to an email sent last May by the trustees president, Elizabeth McGraw, that asked fellow trustees to keep quiet. The subject line of the email read, “Loose lips sink ships.” “They didn’t want this ship sunk,” Keating said. 
Save the Art Save the Museum Facebook https://www.facebook.com/savetheartsavethemuseum/
See prior posts on GMG
 A few more examples of WPA era posters

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