Historic New England, collecting paint by numbers!

Loved the article in the latest addition of Historic New England on Craft Masters Paint by Numbers.  They are part of my history.  While living in Europe in the late 50’s, early 60’s my father painted quit a few, they sold them in the PX and they were something to do.  

 When he was away on special assignment he had time on his hands and he would paint them.  I’m lucky to still have a few!

Rare Edward Hopper print The Lonely House fetched record auction price @SwannGalleries

The Edward Hopper etching The Lonely House was the star lot going into the sale and in the live auction last night. The print sold for $310,000 vaulting past its pre auction estimate of $150,000-$200,000.

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Hopper’s Les Poilus circa 1915 surpassed its $15000-$20,000 pre-sale estimate as well, selling for $42,500. I’ve sold an impression of the Lonely House before but I’ve only scene Les Poilus in the Whitney collection.

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The sale featured Old Master through Modern prints by American and European artists.

Here’s a link to the Swann Galleries catalogue for the November 4th 2017 sale 2460 and the Swann Galleries auction results. Images in this post are from Swann Galleries.

Besides Edward Hopper, there were prints by artists with Gloucester connections (or topics of interest such as a 1680 engraving of a beached whale).

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Willem Van Gouwen after matham A Beached Whale between Scheveningen and Katwijk 1680 engraving sold for 1875

Records were achieved for other prints like Martin Lewis, Relics, $55,000

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a rare Odilon Redon 1892 lithograph sold for $47,500

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and a Rembrandt 1631 etching, Self portrait with Cap Pulled Forward, that sold for $65,000.

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See more highlights below the “read more” break from the nearly 500 prints that were sold at the November Swann Galleries auction.

Head to the Cape Ann museum Fitz Henry Lane exhibition Drawn from Nature and on Stone: The lithgraphs of Fitz Henry Lane to experience a great print show in person. Continue reading “Rare Edward Hopper print The Lonely House fetched record auction price @SwannGalleries”

Jason Grow photo portraits of WWII Veterans at Cape Ann Museum

Jason Grow’s World War II Veterans Photographs

On view October 27 through November 26 at the Cape Ann Museum

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Portraits by Jason Grow from a 2015 series of WWII veterans. Left to right: Joseph Mesquita III, Arnold Knauth, Adele Ervin

Don’t miss the show, one month only

Reminder from the museum:

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce WWII Veterans: Portrait Photographs by Jason Grow, a special exhibition on view from October 27 – November 26, 2017. First shown at Gloucester City Hall in 2015, Grow’s portrait photographs of Cape Ann’s World War II veterans were enthusiastically received by audiences of all ages and walks of life. The exhibit makes an encore appearance at the Museum this autumn, offering visitors another opportunity to view these remarkable images as a group.

Admission is free throughout the exhibition run for veterans and all active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

On Saturday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day, the Museum will be free and open to the public and Jason Grow will present a talk about the exhibit at 2:00 p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium.

The Cape Ann Museum is proud to participate in the national Blue Star Museum program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information please visit the Blue Star Museums’ website: arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Jason Grow is a Boston-based photographer and Gloucester resident. He specializes in photographing exceptionally accomplished, busy people with real time constraints in real environments. With a background based in photojournalism his experience has ranged from refugee camps to conference rooms.”

Meet CHRIS VAN DUSEN and see Virginia Lee Burton drawings for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel @WenhamMuseum

Wenham Museum Dig This..and Build That! Opens This Weekend

Opening Party – Sunday, November 5, 2017 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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Opening Party – Sunday, November 5, 2017 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission
Meet Author Chris Van Dusen, take part in a community build, and create your own road!  

Wenham Museum Press Release: “See and touch everything from architecture and autos to books and blocks in our latest exhibit! 

Featuring original illustrations from Virginia Lee Burton’s classic 1939 book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and antique toys from the museum’s collection, we have it all when it comes to construction: vehicles, building blocks, Erector Sets, puzzles, LEGOs, and more! There are also original illustrations by two current artists: Chris Van Dusen’s books If I Built a House and If I Built a Car, and Brian Lovelock’s books Roadwork, Construction, and Demolition.

Plus, dig out some toys and materials to create your own constructions right in the gallery! Get on a digger and move stones in the pit, put together amazing creations from Lincoln Logs, building blocks, LEGOs, and more, and try your hand at building a book to take home with you!

On Sunday, join us for our exhibit opening party where there will be lots of hands-on construction opportunities including creating your own road and working on our community building project. We are also so excited to welcome children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen who will be here to to sign his books, If I Built a House and If I Built a Car. “

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Virginia Lee Burton, children’s book author/illustrator, Folly Cove textile designer and founder, resided and worked in Gloucester, MA, where she created some of America’s most popular and classic children’s picture books. Burton’s characters and stories have been enjoyed by children of all ages all over the world. She received the Caldecott medal in 1943 for The Little House. Other books include Katy and the Big Snow and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.