To support education programs
Lot #051, Wolf Kahn, "Lake Shore" (1982), pastel on paper, 17 x 22 inches (sight), framed
Vermont Business Magazine With its Spring Gala and other important fundraisers canceled this year due to Covid-19, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is counting on an online auction to provide essential support for its year-round youth and education programs. Hosted by Duane Merrill & Company Auctioneers and Appraisers, the auction will take place on Friday, September 4, starting at 9:45 a.m.—in person at the Merrill & Co. showroom in Williston, Vermont, and online via LiveAuctioneers.com. Details are at brattleboromuseum.org.
In addition to the cancellation of its Spring Gala, BMAC has lost revenue this year due to a three-month-long closure of its galleries and the cancellation of all in-person events since mid-March. The Museum is now open on a pay-as-you-wish basis, with masks and social distancing in place.
Vermont’s largest auction house, Merrill & Co. has hosted benefit auctions on behalf of a number of Vermont nonprofit and cultural institutions, including the Shelburne Museum, the Hood Museum of Art, and the former Green Mountain College. When BMAC was forced to cancel its annual Spring Gala, Director Danny Lichtenfeld contacted Merrill & Co. owner Ethan Merrill, who agreed to help BMAC try to make up some of its lost revenue.
“A silver lining of this new approach” said Lichtenfeld, “is that thanks to Merrill & Co.’s online presence, we expect to reach many more bidders, worldwide, than we do with our usual in-person auction.”
All items to be auctioned off, approximately 100 in total, have been donated to BMAC for the express purpose of helping the Museum make up revenue lost due to Covid-19. They include a painting by Maurice Utrillo, a pastel painting of a lake shore and a rare limited-edition print of a Martha’s Vineyard harbor scene by Wolf Kahn, an oil-on-paper painting by Emily Mason, a watercolor by Eric Aho, as well as paintings, prints, sculpture, and functional ceramics by Michael Abrams, Bruce Campbell, Jim Giddings, Carolyn Enz Hack, Christie Herbert, Charlie Hunter, Julia Jensen, Gordon Jones, Ed Koren, Mallory Lake, Stephen Lloyd, Petria Mitchell, Fiona Morehouse, Meridel Rubenstein, James Urbaska, and others. Other items include a large dining room table handcrafted by master Vermont furniture maker Garrett Hack, a set of six mid-century modern chairs by Danish designer Jens Risom, two room-size Persian rugs, an assortment of rare wines from Napa Valley, vacation getaways, a pair of “art sneakers” by sculptor Andy Yoder, and more.
“The generosity of our supporters has been humbling,” said Lichtenfeld. “I hope the bidding will be robust, so we can take full advantage of the opportunity we have been given.”
Those unable to participate in the live bidding on September 4 can place advance bids online, via a link posted at brattleboromuseum.org, or by calling Merrill & Co. Auctioneers at 802-878-2625. The lots benefitting BMAC are numbered 051-100 and 201-250.
Lichtenfeld, Merrill, and BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams will offer a preview of selected auction items at a Zoom event on Sunday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. BMAC is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4. Admission is on a “pay-as-you-wish” basis. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.
Source: BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Brattleboro Museum & Art Center