- Last Updated: 29 September 2015
- Written by Indianaartonline
The September 6th 2015 Indiana art auction started off with a nice 25" x 38" Theodore Clement (1847 to 1926) oil on canvas depicting a woodland pathway. The painting was signed lower right and reached a high bid of $65,000. Another Steele oil painting measuring 22" x 32" was not signed but had an estate stamp on the back of the painting. Due the the lack of a signature the painting only reached a final sell price of $5,000.
Offered to collectors, of well known printmaker Gustave Baumann (June 27, 1881 to October 1971), was a nice 10" x 12" colored woodblock print signed lower right, and 52 out of 125. Born in Magdeburg Germany, Gustave's parents moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. At the age of 23 in 1904, Gustave returned to Germany to attend the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich where he studied wood carving and learned woodblock printing methods. Once he returned to the United States he started creating woodblocks in 1908 while working as a graphic artist. His tie to Indiana art comes from the time he spent in Brown County as part of the well known Artist Colony. Moving to Brown County in 1910, Gustave produced a portfolio of colored prints titled "In the Hills of Brown", which won a gold medal for printmaking at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. He was also commissioned by the well known Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley to create a series of prints for his book "All the Year Round", which was published in 1912. After closing his studio in Nashville, In. he moved to Taos, New Mexico around 1918 then on to Santa Fe where he created his art for more than 50 years until his death in 1971. The print reached the lower end of the auction estimate of $4,000 to $8,000 with a final bid of $4,250
An exceptional painting by Francis Focer Brown (1891 to 1971), the Director of the Ball State Art department from 1925, until he retired in 1957. Brown attended the Southside High School in Muncie, In., and during the summer he took a seven week study course with John Ottis Adams (1851 to 1927). Brown attended the Herron Art Institute where he studied under the Hoosier Group artist William Forsyth. Most of the work Brown created was in Tempera, Acrylic, Watercolor, Charcoal and Pencil due to his wife and artist Beulah Brown being allergic to oil paints. Brown frequently exhibited at the Hoosier Salon, Western Art Association, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Indiana Arts Club. Throughout his life Brown experimented with his work and explored the boundaries of impressionism using a bold color palette..
Two paintings by George Jo Mess (1898 to 1962) sold for $700 a piece. The first painting was a winter village scene, measured "21 x "31, oil on board and was signed lower right. The second of an autumn scene was smaller at 16" x 22", signed lower right and was an oil on canvas. George received a scholarship at the age of 13 to attend the John Herron Art School. Once he graduated high school he continued to attend Herron part time while working at Western Electric, eventually starting a commercial art business with his brother. Once George married Evelynne they started the Circle Art Academy and taught classes from 1927 to 1932 with short break in 1929 when they both attended the Fontainebleau School of Fine Arts in northern France. Later in his art career, George took up printmaking after being taught the techniques by his printmaker wife. George was a member of the Indiana Artist Club and exhibited in the Hoosier Salon in 1926 and at the Carnegie Institute in 1930.
September 6, 2015 auction prices provided by Indiana Art Online
William McKendree Snyder, 16x21, O/C, SLR, landscape sold for $4,500
Harry Davis, 15x22, Mixed Media, SLR, Woodland Scene sold for $200
Harold Hancock, 24x36, O/B, SLL,"Lake Yellow Wood 1976" sold for $225
Harold Hancock, 24x36, O/B, SLL "Summers Promis" sold for $225
Gordon Fiscus, 24x30, O/B, SLR, Seascape sold for $100
- Last Updated: 08 July 2015
- Written by Indianaartonline
The 37th annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition opened to the public on June 6th 2015 at the Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville Indiana. James Richards of Atlanta, GA was selected to judge the paintings submitted by this years artists. Seventy artists and 123 works of art were juried into the show this year making the artist eligible for prize money and awards.
This years First Prize Gold Award of $5000 was awarded to Forrest Formsma for a 30" x 40" oil painting titled "Spring Carriage Ride". C. W. Mundy took the $3000 Second Prize Silver Award for his 30" x 40" oil painting titled "Point Lobos, California Coast". Diane Lyon won two awards this year for her 24" x 24" oil painting titled "Peonies". She secured the Third Prize Bronze Award of $2000 and the Directors purchase award that places her painting in the Indiana Heritage Arts permanent collection.
Awards of Excellence of $1,000
Tom Woodson, 20" X 24" Oil painting titled "Three Cows in the Shade"
Chris Newlund, 20" X 30" Oil on Linen titled "Sunrise, Moonset"
John Reynolds, 9" X 12" Oil painting titled "The Artist"
Jeanne McLeish, 21" X 21" Watercolor titled "In Fox Ravine"
Memorial Award of $500
Thomas Himsel, 24" X 30" oil painting titled "Culture Shock" received the Fred W. Rigley Memorial Award
Ken Bucklew, 30" X 36" oil painting titled "Redbuds In Bloom" received the T. C. Steele Memorial Award
Fred Doloresco, 36" X 40" oil painting titled "Morning Hike" received the Ada Shulz Memorial Award
Memorial Award of $350
Jeff Klinker, 20" X 36" oil painting titled "Bear Creek Winter" received the Curry Bohm Memorial Award
Memorial Award of $300
Larry Rudolech, 18" X 24" oil painting titled "Not Just a Bridge" received the Carl Graf Memorial Award
Memorial Award of $250
John Michael Carter, 16" X 10" oil painting titled "Arles Street" received the John "Abe" Eyed Memorial Award
Lynn Dunbar, 8" X 16" oil painting titled "Snow Before Dawn" received the Margaret Colglazier Memorial Award - Impressionistic Oil
Jerry Smith, 24" X 30"oil painting titled "Building Blocks" received the VJ Caiani Memorial Award
Mark Burkett, 15" X18" Woodcut Print titled "Dunes" received the Taylor English Memorial Award
Wyatt LeGrand, 48" X 48" oil painting titled "Should Lanterns Shine" received the Will Vawter Memorial Award
Dale Popovich, 10.5" X 13.5" watercolor titled "Rapids Below Hatcher's Pass, Alaska" received the Ronald O. Eklins Memorial Award
Dan Woodson, 20" X 30" oil painting titled "Fall in the Shade" received the Adolph Shulz Memorial Award
Merit Award of $250
Joel Knapp, 6" X 8" oil painting titled "Grey Day" received the Indiana Plein Air Painters Merit Award
Charlene Brown, 12" X9" Graphite titled "William" received the Hoosier Salon Merit Award
Artists Juried Into the Indiana Heritage Arts Show
|William Blahunka||Kathy Blankenheim||Andrea Bojrab||William Borden||Roy Boswell|
|Charlene M. Brown||Luke Buck||Ken Bucklew||Dan Bulleit||Ron Burgess|
|Mark Burkett||JoAnne Burkhard||J.A. Burst||Susan Byerley||Wayne E. Campbell|
|John Michael Carter||Michael Chelich||Mary Ann Davis||Steve Dodge||Fred Doloresco|
|Lynn Dunbar||Robert Eberle||W. David Fields||Forrest Formsma||Beth Forst|
|Suzy Friedman||Jodie Friend||Don Geyra||Gerrie Govert||Tim Greatbatch|
|Mary Gretsinger||Randall Scott Harden||Alice Harpel||Tricia Hillenburg||Thomas A. Himsel|
|Bill Inman||Brian C. Johnson||Troy Kilgore||Jeff Klinker||Joel Knapp|
|Gene LaRue||Wyatt LeGrand||Judith S. Lewis||Diane Lyon||Ronald Mack|
|Jeanne McLeish||C. W. Mundy||Bruce Neckar||Chris Newlund||James Oblack|
|Dale Popdovich||Todd Reifers||John Reynolds||Patricia Rhoden Bartels||Thom Robinson|
|Lawrence Rudolech||Douglas Runyan||Linda Sage||Beth Clary Schwier||David M. Seward|
|Donna Shortt||Jerry Smith||Hattie Stanton||Carol Strock Wasson||Wayne Waldron|
|Katie G. Whipple||Susi Williams||Marilyn Witt||Dan Woodson||Tom Woodson|
- Last Updated: 23 June 2015
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The June 4th 2015 art auction hosted by Jackson Auction and Real Estate Company in Indianapolis included a very nice selection of Hoosier Group artwork and other well known Indiana artists totaling 154 pieces of art being offered for sale. The first painting of the day was by Theodore Clement Steele (1847 to 1926) with the estate stamp verso. Although not titled by the artist anyone who has visited the T.C. Steele State Historic Site and toured the home would recognize the fireplace and books in the living room. If you are interested in Indiana art and Steele who was one of the most well known Indiana artist of the time the historic site is well worth the visit. The tour of the studio and house provide the opportunity to view many paintings from his time in Munich to the more impressionistic works that he loved to paint around his home in Brown County. The oil painting that sold, measured 18x22 and sold for $22,500.
Born July 7, 1914 Ruth Bernice Anderson attended the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis studying under Clifton Wheeler. She was a self-employed artist and taught at Short Ridge High School and the Indianapolis Arts League. Offered for sale was her 1973 Hoosier Salon entry titled "Sanctuary" which won an award. The 20x16 oil painting was signed lower right and obtained a final bid of $10,000 reaching the top end of the $5,000 to $10,00 auction estimate.
Ada Shulz (1870 to 1928) was well known for her paintings of children in and around Nashville, Indiana and sell very well due to being a favorite of collectors. Jackson had two of her paintings of children for sale. Reaching a high bid of $12,000, the small 14x11, oil on board, and signed lower left reached the midpoint of the $10,000 to $15,000 auction estimate.
Born in Richmond Indiana Edgar Forkner (1867 to 1945) received his training at the Art Student League in New York City. A member of the well know Richmond group of artists, Edgar worked with John Elwood Bundy (1853 to 1933) and other artists to establish the association. Although he eventually left Richmond Indiana he kept ties to Indiana by exhibiting for more than twenty years at the Hoosier Salon winning many awards. Two watercolors went to the high bidder for $250 each. The first painting measured 21x17.5 and was still life of Zinnias in a vase, it was signed lower right. The other was an Harbor scene, likely Seattle since Edger eventually moved there and became a member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest painters. The painting measured 14x18 and was signed in the lower left.
Margaret Rudisill (1857-1933) was born in Montgomery County Indiana and showed interest in art at the age of five. Educated at the Academy of Ladoga and at the Glendale Seminary in Ohio. She studied art first with the early Indiana artist Jacob Cox and later at the Julien Academy in Paris. The first recognition of her work was by Carl H. Lieber when she exhibited her work at the Propylaeum in Indianapolis. She won a silver medal at the Indiana state fair and also won high recognition for her work at the Paris Salon in Chicago and at the St Louis exposition. The three paintings offered for sale were representative of the subject matter she was known for, landscapes and figure painting. An 11x14 oil on board village scene with barn and figure was signed lower right and reached a final bid of $500. A painting depicting a woman feeding chickens was not signed but had authentication verso and brought $200, it measured 16x20 and was an oil on board. The last painting was also authenticated verso but was larger at 26x22, oil on board, with a scene of a women gathering wood. It sold for $300.
Additional Sales of the Day
Fredrick W. Rigley, 11x14, O/C, SLL, "Quiet Street" sold for $5,500
Otto Stark, 12x19.5, WC, SLR, Sunset Landscape, sold for $650
Randolph Coats, 25x30, O/C, SLR "Retired Rum Runner (1920)" sold for $2,000
Helen Goodwin, 18x22, O/C, SLR, "The Artist Garden" sold for $900
Ida Gordon, 20x24, O/C, SLR, Floral Still Life sold for $600
June 4th, 2015 auction prices provided by Indiana Art Online