- Last Updated on 29 November 2013
November 18th, 2013 – The November Indiana Art Auction contained a wide array of exceptional works of art for the Indiana art collector to choose from. The auction began with rare large oil painting by artist Glen Cooper Henshaw (b. 08-08-1880 – d. 04-05-1946). Glen was one of the first students of the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis In. and studied in Munich Germany for more than a year. Feeling that his instructors were to structured he spent the next 10 years in Paris and Italy creating works of art in the impressionist style. With the pending threat of World War I he moved back to the US setting up a studio in New Your City. After marrying his second wife he moved to Baltimore, but with the onset of World War II they became worried about the threat of the east coast being bombed. They decided to move to Nashville, In where he lived for the remainder of his life. Titled "Boats against the Sunset" the Henshaw painting measured 40x30 and was signed lower left and reached a final bid of $13,000.
Six paintings from the Fort Wayne Indiana artist Homer G. Davisson (1866-1957) were offered with a 22x28 signed lower right landscape with sheep reaching the highest price of $2,000. Davisson graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Also at the Art Students League in New York City, Corcoran School of Arts in Washington, D.C. and in Munich Germany. In the 1920s Homer began visiting Brown County to paint and became a charter member of the Brown County Art Gallery. Other paintings of Davisson included a 15x18 Oil on Board titled "Polk St. Station" brought $1,200 and a 18 x 24 watercolor reached a price of $450.
A nice selection of five paintings from Brown County artist Frederick Rigley (1914 – 2009) crossed the auction block. Rigley studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL. He moved to Brown County Indiana from Gloucester, MA where he owned a shop in Nashville, In that sold art supplies. For 25 years he taught landscape painting with the Indianapolis Art League and held private classes and workshops in Brown County and throughout the south and Midwest. Of the paintings offered for sale, a painting titled "In Port", Gloucester reached $1,000 but well below the estimate of $1,500 to $3,000. The oil painting measured 25x30 and was signed lower right. Another seaside painting titled "Fogged In" only reached $550 a little over half of the lower estimate of $1,000. A 25x30 Oil on canvas signed lower right reached $550. Perhaps there were no collectors of his work at the auction to drive up the bids to more normal prices, or the content and subject matter of the works contributed to the seemingly lower than normal prices.
Other Indiana Art Auction Prices of the day included:
James Eccles, 8x10, O/B, SLL, Brown County Landscape sold for $300
Frederick Polley, 15x13, Pencil Drawing, SLR, Indianapolis Scene sold for $200
Carl Lotick, 12x14, O/C, SLL, Indiana Landscape sold for $200
Ron Elkins, 12x14, O/B, SLL, "Fall Fence Rows" sold for $175
Al LaToor, 14,20, WC, SLL Covered Bridge sold for $200
Harry Davis, 9x11.5, Pencil Drawing, SLR '44 sold for $700
Ruthven Byrum, 25x30, O/C, SLR, 1942 Hoosier Salon Tag, "Grandfather Mountain" sold for $700
The auction was held by Jackson Auction and Real Estate Company at their location in downtown Indianapolis Indiana with approximately 151 works of art for sale along with art, frames and art supplies from the Ron Elkins estate.
- Last Updated on 20 November 2013
Treasure Hunt 2.0 was the theme for the 2013 Collector Showcase organized by The Brown County Art Gallery Foundation. Treasure Hunt was a follow-up to last year’s successful showcase focusing on paintings found by collectors with a story. In addition to the approximately 70 wonderful works of art on loan by the owners for public viewing, there were also two special exhibits. One was an original work of art from the nationally known bird and wildlife artist William Zimmerman (10-01-1937 to 11-19-2011) on loan from his family. The second special exhibit included works of art from woodblock artist Gustave Baumann who was known as an exceptional woodblock artist and is a favorite of many collectors of Indiana art. Both Bill Zimmerman and Gustave Baumann will have a permanent gallery in the future expansion of the Brown County Art Gallery. Proceeds from the show went to the capital fund drive in support of the Brown County Art Gallery expansion.
The 2013 Collectors Showcase opened at 6:00 pm on Saturday October 12th with a reservation only reception for 55.00 per person. Admission included wine, food and music along with raffles. On Sunday October 13th, the doors opened to the general public from noon to 5:00 pm for an 8.50 admission fee. Admission to the event included a very nice full color catalog with pictures of the artwork work on display at the show
- Last Updated on 30 October 2013
Dawn Whitelaw was selected to judge the 35th Indiana Heritage Arts juried fine arts exhibition and sale. Hosted by the Brown County Art Gallery from June 08-22, 2013, the Indiana Heritage Arts is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 and each year sponsors the juried exhibition open to Indiana artists. Dawn had the task of not only judging, but narrowing down the field of entries from 341 to 120. The First Prize Gold Awardof $5000 was awarded to Fred Dolresco for his painting titled “Azaleas“. The Second Prize Silver Award of $3000 went to C.W. Mundy for a painting titled “Silver Coffee Urn and Red Pears". Third Prize Bronze Award of $2000 was awarded to Todd Reifers for "Sledding at Riverside Park. The Board of Directors choose Chris Newland's "Rolling Thunder" for this years purchase award which will go into the IHA's permanent collection. The 36th Annual Indiana Heritage Art Exhibition is scheduled for June 7-21, 2014.
Indiana Heritage Arts 2013 Exhibition and Sale Prize Winners
Awards of Excellence (IHA Ribbon) $1,000
Chris Newland for "Rolling Thunder"
Tim Greatbatch for "Snowy Woodland"
JD Naraine for "Looking Heavenward"
Kathy Blankenheim for "Maple Leaf Shuffle on Medora Mountain"