Local Artists Create Unique Treasure Boxes for June 23 Auction
June 6, 2007
Local artists Tim Christensen–Kirby (front), Arthur DiMambro, Grace
Youngren, Jane Kaufmann, and Valerie Sobel pose with their “treasure
boxes” created exclusively for the pirate-themed “Hidden Treasures” auction
to be held at The Art Gallery.
One-of-a-kind treasure boxes, made of wood, ceramics, metal, paper, or
found objects, have been created and donated by over 25 local artists to
the upcoming “Hidden Treasures” auction at The Art Gallery.
Each box has been individually crafted or enhanced by the artists in their
signature styles, resulting in truly unique works of art made exclusively
for this gala event. Many other original works and antiques, including
paintings, photographs, prints, ceramics, and sculpture, as well as textiles,
jewelry, and glass, will also be up for bid during the pirate-themed festivities.
“Hidden Treasures” takes place Saturday, June 23, at The Art
Gallery, Paul Creative Arts Center. A preview and reception will be held
from 6 to 7 p.m. with the auction immediately following. Advance reservations
are recommended ($35 per person or $60 per couple) and may be made online
at www.unh.edu/art-gallery or by calling 2-3712.
Many of the participating artists have embraced the spirit of the event
by creating works with nautical or aquatic references. Durham artist Arthur
DiMambro covered his treasure box with fish and placed an extra painting
on the inside.
A retired orthopedic surgeon, DiMambro has been a full-time artist since
his retirement in 1991. In 2001 his work was featured in a major two-person
exhibition, “On Great Bay,” at The Art Gallery with that of
his long-time friend, artist Christopher Cook.
Rochester artist Grace Youngren drew a pear on the lid of her treasure
chest. It is mirrored by a pear attached to the side of the box. Youngren
is a UNH alumna and was recently awarded the James and Eugenia Georgopoulos
Memorial Award for Drawing at the New Hampshire Art Association 59th Annual
Juried Exhibition held at The Art Gallery.
Jane Kaufmann, a Seacoast potter for forty years, made “Chick of
the Sea,” a ceramic mermaid holding a small box. An English major
from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she learned about clay by taking summer classes
in ceramics at UNH.
Portsmouth resident Valerie Sobel’s embellished box of shells and
pearls is enhanced by the hand-painted ship image on the cover. She began
her career as an art therapist and is also known for her weavings and jewelry.
Her finely crafted string of pearls will be included as a “hidden
treasure” inside Jane Kaufmann’s whimsical “Chick of
the Sea” treasure box. Sobel currently serves on The Art Gallery’s
board of advisors.
Tim Christensen–Kirby, a finalist in this year’s NH Charitable
Foundation’s Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant competition,
has been working with etched porcelain since 2003. The lid and sides of
his black-on-white treasure box are decorated with flying birds flying.
He just returned to his studio in the Rollinsford Mills after exhibiting
in the 25th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C.
Other artists who have created treasure boxes for the auction include,
among others, Jayne Adams, Jennifer Benn, Lindsay Bezick, Sue Anne Bottomley,
Andrea Burzon, Judith Heller Cassell, Barbara Conover, Christopher Cook,
Eve Corey, Grant Drumheller, Kim Ferreira, Ellen Friel, Melinda A. Haas,
Sarah Haskell, Donna Heald, K. Lee Mock, Adam Pearson, Scott Schnepf, Rose
Sielian Theriault, Paulette Werger, and Eileen Wong.
Guest auctioneer for “Hidden Treasures” will be Devin Moisan
of Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
“Hidden Treasures” is organized by members of The Art Gallery's
Board of Advisors and volunteers. Funds raised from this special event
will support exhibitions and public programs at the gallery, the Seacoast's
premier art museum where visitors gather to enjoy changing exhibitions,
music, lectures, poetry readings, and receptions. Its permanent collection
includes 1,500 historical and modern works by American and European artists.
The museum welcomes visitors throughout the academic year and is open to
students, faculty, members, and the general public free of charge.
For more information or to make advance reservations visit www.unh.edu/art-gallery.
To reach The Art Gallery directly, call 2-3712, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.