Last few days to preview work by 54 artists in person before the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction 2021 moves on line #GloucesterMA

The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction 2021 is on!  54 artists donated original works of art to help the library.

To generate excitement and get the ball moving, a hallmark of the annual art auction is the group show featured in the lovely Matz Gallery, a remarkable main entrance venue. Temporary shows of work by living artists are rotated monthly. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, art at the threshold greets all library visitors. What a treat to walk though an art exhibit to enter a library! The library interior has boasted major bequests via philanthropists and local big wheels since the library’s namesake benefactor, Samuel Sawyer. Books, art, library and learning were essential and inseparable to the founders.

The contemporary Annual Art Auction group shows begin as silent auctions with starting bids set low (well below retail for some of the participating artists*) ahead of a LIVE event. The idea is the bidding will rise above opening reserves so that The Friends of the Sawyer Free Library Annual Art Auction fundraiser can be a success.

*scroll down for checklist and to view the lots

Preview | Silent Auction

DEADLINES APPROACHING – There’s still time to visit, enjoy, and leave a silent bid in person

During the month of September 2021, beautiful art works by 54 artists–which they’ve so generously donated to the Art Auction–were installed in the singular Matz Gallery. Casual, emerging and established creatives are united in their support of our local library. View the art in person. Take notes. You may recognize artists, neighborhoods, a favorite motif or medium. These auctions are a great opportunity for a first time original art buyer or for a collector that helps an artist with a first time sale.

Leave a bid and/or try again when the auction moves on line October 1-5. The highest September bid will be the beginning reserve for the online auction October 1 – 5, 2021.

Immediately followed by ONLINE AUCTION: October 1-5, 2021

Signs of the times – Covid 19 precautions and greater access have spurred the LIVE auction to move online. Visit www.sawyerfreelibrary.org October 1-5, 2021

Bonus- The art is framed and ready to take home and hang after the online auction concludes.

2021 participating ARTISTS | preview lots

Support our local artists and Friends of the Sawyer Free Library

Lot #, Artist Name, Title, Minimum opening bid

  1. Mary Rhinelander McCarl, Blue China Basket of Flowers, $100
  2. Katherine Coakley, Half Moon Beach, $200
  3. Ray Crane, Survivor (Paint Factory), $300
  4. Roy McCauley, Goin’ Fishing, $100
  5. Carole Loiacono, Gloucester Mooring, $150
  6. Fred Kepler, The Gardener, $100
  7. Nancy Alimansky, The Red Sail, $95
  8. Nancy Molvig, Wash Day in Farnesse, $250
  9. Mary Rhinelander, Eastern Point Lighthouse, $75
  10. Isabelle K. Brown, Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, $100
  11. Brenda Malloy, A Way Through, $50
  12. James G. Watson, Lynx and Adventure of Pavillion Beach, $100
  13. Jeff Weaver, Striper Fisherman, $400
  14. Karen Fitzgerald, Breezy Day, $75
  15. Marion Hall, Back Shore from Half Moon Beach, $100
  16. David P. Curtis, Summer Afternoon, $150
  17. Cynthia Asaro
  18. Charlotte Roberts, Morning – Little River, $100
  19. Ted Bidwell, Low Tide, $100
  20. Joy Halsted, America the Beautiful, $300
  21. Deanie Johnson, Autumn Marsh, $200
  22. Sandra Herdman, Hideaway Cove, $40
  23. Cynthia Dunaway, It’s Never Too Late, $200
  24. Patricia McCarthy, Our Lady of Good Voyage, $100
  25. Melissa Alibertie, Summer on the Annisquam River, $100
  26. Dina Gomery, The Red Barn, $200
  27. Pamela Burke, Good Harbor Sunrise, $40
  28. Sheila Farren Billings, Safe Harbor, $100
  29. Ann Mechen Ziergiebel, Dusk Ipswich Bay, $225
  30. Peter Tysver, Summer Sailing, $100
  31. Coco BeRkman, Dog Dog Dog, $80
  32. Susan W. Daly, Pink Sky, $100
  33. Jane Wolf, Wingaersheek Storm, $75
  34. Patricia Doran, Sunset in Magnolia, $1000
  35. Alyce Wherren, Sea and Shore, $95
  36. Michael Cangemi, The Shore, $95
  37. Susan M. Funk, Red Tractor, $150
  38. Michael DeCosimo, Autumn Leaves, $185
  39. Nancy Caplan, Morning Light, $195
  40. Jerry Ackerman, The Pantry Family, $120
  41. Linda Lea Bertrand, Pepperil Cove, $200
  42. Shirley Hamilton, Lanes Cove Shack, $300
  43. Anita Beloff, Becky’s Flowers, $90
  44. Lynda Goldberg, Sunflowers in Provence, $150
  45. Curtis Wilcox, After Life, $40
  46. Barbara Kremer, View from Plum Cove Beach, $175
  47. Phyllis Feld, Marsh Grasses, $100
  48. Jeffrey Marshall, Taking Inventory (Hiltz), $100
  49. Jessica “Jess” Semenaro, Rocks on Seaweed, $30
  50. Olga Hayes, Rudbeckia, $75
  51. James Formichella, Tokyo Racing, $70
  52. Daryl Jackson, Turbine, $30
  53. Ann Lafferty, Rip Tide, $125
  54. Roger Martin, Dig In, $100

NOTE NEW DAYS/HOURS at Sawyer Free Library: M-W 8-6; Th 10-7; F-S 10-5

Face masks required.

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