Indianapolis, In January 12th, 2014 - The first auction of 2014 contained a wide variety of notable past and present Indiana artists available to the highest bidder. With 140 lots offered for sale their was enough variety and price ranges that anyone interested in purchasing, had the opportunity to walk out the door with a nice piece of art. The auction was held by Jackson Auction and Real Estate Company at their location in downtown Indianapolis Indiana.
Adolph Shulz Painting Reaches $9,500
Adolph R. Shulz is considered to be the founder of the Brown County Art Colony. After first visiting the rural area in 1900, he started spending summers there painting until permanently moving to Nashville, In. in 1914. Adolph studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and with William Merritt Chase at the New York Art Students League. He was one of the founding members that established the Brown County Art Gallery in 1926. An exceptional painting by the artist was one of the center pieces of the auction and created a lot of interest from several buyers. The oil painting on canvas was titled "The Abandoned Road", measured 30 x 34, was signed lower right and received a final bid of $9,500.
Ada Walter Shulz the first wife of Adolph, was friends with the son and daughter of T. C. Steele and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago for 4 years. Ada did not do much painting until 1906 when her family was older and fewer obligations allowed her to dedicate more time to her art. Paintings by Ada do not come up for sale often, and when they do, they typically command high prices. Although not reaching the low estimate of $15,000, a painting depicting a landscape with oxen, and possibly Grandma Barnes Cabin, reached a respectable bid of $9,500. The painting was Oil on board, measured 17.5 x 20, and was signed by Ada in the lower left.
George Herbert Baker studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Boothbay Art School in Maine and under the Richmond group artist John Elwood Bundy. He was a charter member and president of the Richmond Palette Club and was know for his landscape paintings in and around Wayne County Indiana. A 16 x 20 oil on canvas winter scene with stream was offered to bidders who collect his work and received a final bid of $350. Also for sale was a Pastel measuring 8 x 10 and signed lower right, went to the buyer for $150.
Indiana Art Values
January 12, 2014 auction values provided by Indiana Art Online
James Eccles, 20x24, O/C, SLL, "The Old Road" sold for $450
Frank Hoenberger 10x8, Colored Photo, SLR, sold for $150
Frank Vietor, 8x12, Acrylic, SLR, "Monon, Winter of 95" sold for $400
Hallie prow, 16x20, O/B, SLL, "Sinlight and Shadows" sold for $5,000
Leota Loop, 20x26, O/C, SLL, Wooded Autumn Landscape" sold for $600
Claude Curry Bohm, 11x15, O/B, SLL, The Early Snow" sold for $900
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.
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