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September 17, 2013

Painted palette auction to boost RAA

ROCKPORT — A painter’s wooden palette becomes a work of art.

And 89 such pieces will be auctioned off Friday night in this special benefit event. The works showcase local landscapes and seascapes, as well as still life and portrait work.

The last time the art association held such an auction was eight years ago, and the event sold out, with the association raised $30,000. But the year was 2005, and the timing coincided with the Katrina disaster.

”We voted to have one third go to the Rockport Art Association, one third to the museum collection and one third went to Katrina relief,” Carol Linsky, the RAA’s executive director, recalled.

She said the organization is gearing up for the Friday night event.

”The buzz is starting to build,” said Linsky. “We are hoping to do well again. Like all non-profits, there is always a need to raise money, and these palettes are really fabulous. The artists have really done their best work.”

Local artists Donald and Christine Mosher suggested such an auction after they had seen some in New York City’s Salmugundi Club back in the 1970s.

He later bought one himself with the portrait of the marine painter, Charles Woodbury.

“I always thought we should do something like this,” said Mosher who both contributes a painting to the benefit auction and also bids on other’s works of art.

He applauded the artists for their creative ideas in the works submitted for this auction.

In this auction, Mosher painted a portrait of a fisherman on a palette he has been using since January. Christine Mosher has a woman’s portrait with the unique addition of a bow tied to the palette.

Linsky said this auction is exciting for a couple of reasons.

“One reason is that the artists think enough of the association to put so much time and effort into these works to help us raise money, and it’s telling of the esteem they hold the organization in to make this kind of commitment,” she said.

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