Here is our phenomenal art auction featuring renowned artists local to the area. Bid on a piece of Kent!
You may VIEW & BID beginning August 15 in the Library and at the event on August 28. Telephone bids, 860.927.3761, will be accepted during open hours at the Library until August 27. Auction closes at 7:30 p.m. on August 28 at the party.
Elizabeth Place, Berkshire Place Tables “Writing Desk” 40” x 18” Value $2,450. Minimum Bid $1,500. A live edge walnut writing desk with hand forged legs. This desk was selected by Connecticut Cottages and Gardens for their Design Stop section in 2021. Elizabeth Place was also featured in Litchfield Magazine. Desk comes with a brass nameplate that the artist will have hand engraved after purchase.
Joy Brown – Wall Tile “Birds Fly Off” Wood Fired Ceramic. 13” x 11” Value $1000. Minimum Bid $500. From Chronogram Magazine, August 2009 “Joy Brown has worked with clay for over 35 years, making sculptural forms and ceramic wall murals that measure as large as 20 by 5 feet. For the past decade, Brown has also been working in bronze to make life-sized figures for display in public places. Her work grew out of her childhood experiences and apprenticeships in Japan, including one with a 13th-generation master of traditional Japanese ceramics. There Brown learned the importance of process, where thinking drops away and energy takes over. She adopted the aesthetic of “shibui,” which she describes as a complex form of beauty at once serene, simple, powerful, and sophisticated. Each summer, still rooted in the Japanese tradition, Brown fires pieces at her Kent studio, surrounded by a community of dozens of emerging and established artists who take turns tending the week-long firing in her 30-foot-long anagama tunnel kiln. Brown’s sculpture has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the US, Europe, Asia, and featured in publications including the New York Times, Art News, Ceramics Monthly, and House and Garden. In 1998, she and Denis Cooper founded Still Mountain Center, cross-cultural educational arts organization in Kent, CT.”
Heather Scofield – Acrylic Painting “Sunlit Field” 16” x 20” Framed in a simple light wood frame. Value $600. Minimum Bid $300. “For the past 20 years I’ve been lucky to live in rural Connecticut and Maine, where the natural world is ever present. Moving to New England inspired me to begin painting, so I could capture on canvas my impressions and feelings about this beautiful part of the world. The landscapes I am intrigued by are full of color and light, of lines and shadows and of sky. I am especially drawn to the sculptural shapes and lines and varied colors of all trees from birches to sycamores. I am moved to represent them because of my continual fascination with their multifarious qualities. My paintings have been described as ‘kinetic and bold’ and ‘vibrating with color and movement.’ I paint both on site and from my imagination, sometimes using both techniques for one piece,” she added. Scofield’s influences range from the Impressionists to Marsden Hartley, to Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. She is a resident of Kent, CT and is part of the Kent School Community where her husband teaches, and daughter currently attends school and her older two children are graduates. She currently works for St. Andrew’s Church in Kent as the Parish Administrator when she is not making art.
Peter Woytuk – Sculpture “A Small Apple Construction” Value $4,500. 4” x 4” x 8” Minimum Bid $2000. Peter Joseph Woytuk was born in 1958 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was raised in Massachusetts and graduated from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio in 1980 with a degree in Art. After college he had an old-school style apprenticeship with sculptor Philip Grausman in Connecticut, where he learned the techniques of modeling clay, mold making and bronze casting -thus beginning his own career as a sculptor. By 1995 he was well established and exhibiting throughout the United States and parts of Asia. Woytuk sculptures are displayed in such collections as Dean Witter Reynolds in New York, Diane Von Furstenberg in New York, Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, Kenyon College in Ohio, the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, the Weisman Museum at The University of Minnesota in Saint Paul and Texas Tech in Lubbock.
From artsy.net “Woytuk has developed a highly original range of styles that explore a unique sense of volume and motion. In recent years he has been experimenting with life-size and monumental sculpture. His group of three bulls, in particular, were first selected because he was attracted to the “sprawl of mass” displayed by the seated and reclining bulls outside his studio in New Mexico. Deciding to create large-scale sculptures has led him to foundries in Thailand, where they are used to casting 20-foot Buddhas. The resulting product is now finely crafted under the scrupulous direction of the artist. In the tradition of historical animal sculptors, Woytuk has chosen to keep his bronze editions small – usually limited to eight castings. He was described by the International Herald Tribune as “the greatest animal sculptor of the Western world in the closing years of the 20th century.” Raised by an architect father and textile artist mother, he was influenced on frequent trips to Europe seeking out art and architecture with his parents. He graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio and apprenticed with sculptor, Philip Grausman. Currently his work can be found in the collections of Dean Witter Reynolds in New York, the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, Kenyon College in Ohio, the No. Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis.”
Susan Grisell – Oil on Canvas Painting “Red Begonia” 18” x 24” Value $800. Minimum Bid $250.
Oil on Canvas Painting “Sunflower and Apple” 16” x 20” Value $600. Minimum Bid $200
A life-long Gaylordsville resident, Susan has devoted more than 40 years to her work as a painter, the only vocation she has ever had. Following the guidance of her long-time teacher and mentor, the respected New England impressionist painter, Bernard Lennon, Susan has developed a style marked by faithfulness to nature. Her paintings are recognizable for their integrity, with line and color that are true to what she sees, and vigorous brushwork that conveys her response to the subject simply and without affectation. Over the years, Susan’s work has won numerous awards, including Best in Show at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in New York City and the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in Mystic, Connecticut. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States and Europe, Japan and Australia. See more of her work on her website at susangrisell.com.
Bob Lenz – Oil on Board Painting “Hatch Pond” 18” x 14” Value $2,000. Minimum Bid $1200. From 2013 As a Painting and Fine Arts major at the University of Illinois, Robert Lenz exhibited oil and watercolor landscapes and still life paintings throughout the Chicago area. Upon graduation he migrated to New York and began a successful and award-winning career as a Creative Director in the Advertising business. Thirty five years later, he returned to his first love, painting. To refresh and re-start his earlier ambition, he has studied at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT, the Washington Art Association in Washington CT, the National Academy of Design and the Art Students’ League in New York City. Now living in South Kent, CT and New York City, he is working full time both inside and outside of his studio and has resumed a prolific career as a painter and print maker. His work has recently been exhibited exclusively at the Morrison Gallery in Kent, CT.
Bill Merklein – Oil Painting “Kent Land Trust” 11” x 14” Framed 18” x 21” Value $800. Minimum Bid $400. From a young age Bill has been blessed to have had a strong background in Ideas and the Arts. Bill’s father (William) an engineering draftsman and artist, his mother (Norah), at one time a singer and dancer in the Metropolitan Opera created this setting. From an early age Bill was exposed and immersed himself in this creative world set against the backdrop of a very creative period in New York City’s history. Living across the street from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Bill’s first sculpting clay was given to him by a student at Pratt. Later, after his father’s early death a family friend and mentor Dr. Bobrove took him under his wing, Dr. Bobrove collected art materials from several of his patients and presented a young Bill with his first paint set. While Bill came from a humble and at points difficult background, he has had the great fortune to come across wonderful individuals who helped shape and guide his artistic path throughout his life. The artist who had the foremost influence on Bill’s work was Impressionist painter Bernard Lennon. Bill first met Lennon at the impressionable age of twelve at the Washington Square Art Show in 1958. Bill was fortunate enough to sit beside Lennon at the art show to listen and learn his thoughts on painting. From his first meeting with Lennon until Lennon’s death, Bill found his friendship and mentorship key to his own artistic journey, which remains with him to this day. If asked to name, the movement or artist who had influenced Bill’s philosophy it would be Robert Henri. Bill has read The Art Spirit countless times and has found it an inspirational work across the span of his creative life. He recommends it to all students and friends. Henri wrote in the Art Spirit “Do whatever you do intensely. The artist is the man who leaves the crowd and goes pioneering. With him there is an idea which is his life.” Bill embodies this. In 1976, Bill walked away from his successful advertising job to pursue an artistic life and has never looked back. “I’ve known Bill for many years and have watched his art career with great interest. A number of years ago when the hologram technology was first being used, a March 1984 National Geographic cover featured a hologram of an eagle. The eagle was actually a sculpture that Bill was commissioned to execute,” says Gaylordsville artist, Susan Grisell. In addition to National Geographic, he had many other commissions. While Bill’s successful work as a Commercial Sculptor and Painter is impressive, ranging from his sculpture work with Hasbro, holographic sculptures for American Bank Note to his list of extensive commissions including sculpture models for Louise Bourgeois, Military Historical Miniatures and recently the Helen Browning Scripps Medal that was awarded to Senator Gabriel Gifford’s by Scripps College. The driving force behind his creativity is the quest to be the best painter he can be and to share his knowledge and deep love of painting and sculpture with his students. Bill has his studio and lives in Gaylordsville, CT. He actively teaches painting and sculpting he can be reached at 860-210-1770.
Leslie Lillien Levy – Pastel Painting “Rosenthal Covered Dish” 18” x 20” unframed, 32” x 34” framed. Value $1800. Minimum Bid $500. Leslie Lillien Levy is an award-winning painter who specializes in still life and accepts portrait commissions; she also includes landscape painting in her repertoire. Working in either pastels or oils, her style is representational. According to Levy, “While I am cognizant of the requisite elements that make a good picture, I approach my work intuitively. The pure act of painting nourishes me.” Her work has been accepted, exhibited and won awards in numerous national and regional juried shows including: Academic Artists Association (Best in Show 1999), Allied Artists of America, American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Connecticut Pastel Society, Connecticut Women Artists, Mattatuck Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Oil Painters of America, Pastel Society of America, Rye Arts Center and Salmagundi Non-Members Open. Levy is active in several art organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Pastel Society. She holds Signature Memberships in the Pastel Society of America and the Connecticut Pastel Society. She is a full artist member of Allied Artists of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and an elected artist member of the Salmagundi Club, NY. She served on the board of the Kent Art Association. A former member of the Alumni Advisory Council to her alma mater Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where she received her BFA, Levy was later a member of the Board of Control of the world-renowned Art Students League of New York, where she studied with Harvey Dinnerstein. Levy resides in Kent, CT with her husband, Richard. She paints in her studio adjacent to her home where she also teaches pastel and oil painting in still life and portraiture to private students.