The North Shore Arts Association will hold its main event of the season this Saturday.
The event begins with a preview party with music, followed by the live art auction, which will also be accessible for online bidding for those who can not attend the event.
Stuart Slavid from Skinner Boston will serve as host and auctioneer. As one of the world’s leading auction houses, Skinner set a world record for a Fitz Henry Lane painting sold at auction, when a previously unknown work by Lane was auctioned in Boston for $5.5 million in 2004.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a preview party, featuring an open wine bar, hors d’oeuvres from Passports Restaurant, and live music by Jazz in the Air Trio. The live auction starts at 7 p.m.
The North Shore Arts Association was incorporated in 1922, and opened its doors to the public on July 14, 1923. The auction benefits the non profit cultural organization which has been connecting art and the community for 90 years.
“Every year we make some changes as we try to add some new excitement to the auction,” said Monica Lawton, art association’s auction chairwoman. “The quality of the work is really superb. The artists have really stepped up and submitted what is positively their best work. This is the big fundraiser of the year and we put everything into it.”
She noted that the 98 juried works are now on display for viewing.
“People are going to leave the event with some wonderful pieces of artwork to add to their collection,” added Lawton. “Many of the works are focused on Cape Ann subjects because that’s what so many people are looking for. We are again doing online bidding so people who are unable to go can bid on the paintings from the comfort of their home. They can be there virtually that night from anywhere in the world.”
The works represent a wide range of artists, genres, and mediums. Among the featured artists are David Curtis, Ray Crane, Ronalee Crocker, Paul George, Robert Gruppe, Ken Knowles, Judy Metcalfe, Charles Movalli, Tom Nicholas, Nathalie Nordstrand, Dale Ratcliff, Arlene Richardson, Betty Lou Schlemm, Peter Tysver, and Jeff Weaver as well as other fine painters.
“This summer we’ll combine the best of the new with the tried-and-true, featuring innovative live online bidding and the expertise of Skinner Auctioneers, as well as the return of a single, combined event where guests and artists can mingle and enjoy a festive preview party before the bidding begins,” said Lawton.
The organization recognized BankGloucester as the premium sponsor of the event, which also includes support by Art New England, the Mary Ann Finn Family, Matter Communications, Passports Restaurant and others.
For more information, please visit www.nsarts.org or call 978-283-1857.
Gail McCarthy may be contacted at 978-283-7000 x3445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go Who and what : North Shore Arts Association holds its gala preview party and live auction. When: Saturday, Aug. 11, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Where : 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester How much : $30 per person, at www.nsarts.org or by calling 978-283-1857. Details: Auction artwork will be exhibited for preview in the gallery through 3 p.m. Saturday or online at www.nsarts.org. Those who cannot attend the auction may follow the auction proceedings online. They can register at www.LiveAuctioneers.com/browse/seller/NSAA. (Registration by 5 p.m. Aug. 11 is strongly advised to assure participation.)