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To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Courthouse Building that has been the home of The Lenox Library since 1874, we invited local artists and community members to reflect on the library in words and art, and we have incorporated their generous contributions into a commemorative book.  This artwork, alongside a timeline of the building’s history, interesting facts, and images about the building in use, inside and out, old and new, will be included in this commemorative book to be released on May 30th at our Birthday Celebration.  Tickets for the celebration and copies of the book are available by clicking here

The artwork used throughout the commemorative book has been donated to the library for a silent auction, and we are now opening the auction to the public for proxy bidding. The works are listed below. Simply call us at (413) 637-2630 x121 or email celebration@lenoxlib.org  and tell us which pieces you would like to bid on and what your highest bid would be. We will bid in increments for you during the Celebration on Saturday, May 30th. Proxy bidding will close at noon on Friday, May 29 and bidding will conclude at the celebration at 7:25.
 I hope you will take a moment to look over the auction items below. If you would like to see a piece in person and can’t attend the big event, please contact us for an appointment. Feel free to forward this message to your friends. Perhaps there is an artist whose work you have always admired, or perhaps you would like a remembrance of the library to take home. Here’s your chance to own it, and for a good cause – your town library. (And if something doesn’t fit on your wall but you’d still like to participate in this fundraiser, you may donate your purchase back to The Library.)  Help us keep the community enlightened and enriched with great books, great programs, and helpful personal service.Please keep in mind that these are digital images of real artwork and that the colors may differ slightly.  To see the actual pieces, contact us at celebration@lenoxlib.org or 413-637-2630 (ext. 121).

1.
Walter Bogad
“Sedgwick Reading Room”
  
Pastel on paper, 14″ x 11 “, 2013
(22″ x 18″ with brown frame)

Opening Bid:                              $ 150
Bidding Increment:                   $   25

  

Walter Bogad enjoyed the practice of orthodontics for 37 years. He took courses at the Node in New York city as part of the Art Students League and at the Ducret School of the Arts in Plainfield, NJ. Walter was introduced to oil painting by his uncle, Charles Johner, who was a graduate of the National Academy of Design. They often painted landscapes in and around the northeast. At present, he is co-chair of the summer shows for the Housatonic Valley Art League. He lives in South Egremont, Massachusetts with his wife, and in the winter they reside in Lake Worth, Florida. Walter’s work may be accessed at www.walterbogad.com.

2.
Marguerite Bride
“Lenox Library in Winter”
Watercolor on paper, 16″ x 12″, 2014
(26″ x 20″ with black frame)

 

Opening Bid:                                $ 250

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

  

Since leaving a high tech career in the Boston area and moving to the western part of the Massachusetts in the mid-nineties, Marguerite Bride has been able to focus her time and energy upon pursuing her childhood dream…to become a painter. Bride’s formal art training began in 1992 with a course of study at the Worcester Art Museum, accompanied by private art lessons and hours of practice. She attended the Interlaken School of Art, and enrolled in the Visual Arts program at Berkshire Community College. Since Marguerite was invited to join Berkshire Dreams Gallery in Great Barrington, her art career has continued to grow and flourish. She has spent many years capturing the beauty and serenity of all seasons of New England in her paintings, which now hang in homes and public spaces throughout the United States, in Europe and Japan. Contact her at 

3.
Margaret Buchte
“Stopping in Lenox”
Oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″, 2012
(unframed)
  
Opening Bid:                                $ 200
Bidding Increment:                     $  50       

Margaret Buchte has been painting for over twenty years, working in oils with passion and joy, from Great Barrington.  She strives to capture the essence and beauty of each scene under dramatic light.  She is currently a member of the Housatonic Valley Art League and the 14th Colony of Artists in Connecticut, and was represented by the now closed Lenox Fine Art Gallery. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows and hangs in private collections throughout the country.  Margaret welcomes commissioned work and can be contacted at

4.
Margaret Buchte
“Catching Up on News”
 
Oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″, 2015
(unframed)
    

Opening Bid:                                $ 150

Bidding Increment:                     $   25

 

5.
Karen Carmean
“Dancing Inside”
Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″, 2015
(unframed)
    

Opening Bid:                                $ 175

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

  

Karen Carmean uses a limited palette to explore color while painting from her studio in West Stockbridge.  She prefers a portable system of painting for minimal set up time so she can paint outside or anywhere.  Color and reflected light excite her, as depicted in this painting of a Twelfth Night party held at The Lenox Library. Karen studied at the Studio School at Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She lives with her husband, photographer Doane Perry. She had a solo exhibition at Friends Meeting in Cambridge recently and has been in numerous group shows. 

 

6.
Roselle K. Chartock 
“Details from the Domed Ceiling”
 
Collage, marker and ink on paper, 15″ x 19″, 2015
(17.5″ x 21.5″ with bronze frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 150

Bidding Increment:                     $   25

  

Before becoming a full-time artist and writer, Roselle Kline Chartock was an educator for 45 years, most recently as professor of education at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. Her most recent book has connections to Grenville Lindall Winthrop, one of the Lenox Library’s most important leaders and includes interesting details about Lenox history and Windsor Mountain’s stunning campus, formerly the Winthrop estate and now the home of Boston University Tanglewood Institute. While collage is her preferred medium, Chartock also enjoys working with watercolor and pastels.

7.
Joanie Ciolfi
“Cupola”
  
Oil on canvas, 16″ x 12″, 2015
(unframed)
    

Opening Bid:                                $ 150

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

A Berkshire County native, Joanie Ciolfi studied fine arts and graphic design, and worked extensively as a wall-covering and textile designer while she pursued her love of painting. Joanie’s canvases – ranging from evocative, moonlit Berkshire landscapes, vintage cocktail dresses, strongly delineated barns, to swirling abstracts – are all luminous and perfectly balanced. Individual, clearly recognizable elements, whether everyday objects, architectural or natural forms, are treated with a modern, expressive hand; the finished works are complexly layered and resonate deeply. Joanie’s work can be viewed at www.joanpalanociolfi.com

8.
Susan Crofut
“Overdue”
Watercolor on paper, 14″ x 14″, 2015
(20″ x 20″ in black frame)
Opening Bid:                                $ 100

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

  

Susan Crofut began her artistic career in the middle of her life while her eldest daughter was enrolled in art school. The stories and experiences she shared with Susan inspired her to try her own hand at painting. With a few small graphic design and illustration projects under her belt, she set out to explore the complex possibilities of working in watercolor, and now oil. Susan is inspired by a longtime love of gardening, her pets, and the beautiful pastoral landscapes that surround her in at her home in Berkshire County.

9.
Peg Dotchin
“Lenox Library 1856″
Oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″, 2015
(unframed)

Opening Bid:                                $ 175

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

In 1992, Peg Dotchin finished her fine arts degree at UMass in Amherst. She maintains a studio at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts located in Pittsfield and has been an active member of the Berkshire Art Association for 30 years.  She was a substitute teacher at Lenox Memorial High School and conducted workshops at Hancock Shaker Village and Devonshire Estates. Landscapes are now her primary motif.  Living in the Berkshires provides Peg with constant stimulation – the contrast of changing seasons, different light, colors and atmosphere create an endless visual experience.  Peg’s work can be seen at www.pegdotchinart.com

10.
Julie Edmonds
“Storytime”
Oil on paper, 22″ x 30″, 2015
(27″ x 40″ with black frame)
    

Opening Bid:                                $ 300

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

Julie Edmonds grew up in Providence, R I spending most summers in Yarmouthport on Cape Cod. She first studied art at Washington University in St Louis. After moving to New York City, she got a BA at New York University, taking classes in painting and anatomy at the Art Students League, and eventually winding up at Brooklyn College where she got an MFA in painting and drawing.  She lived in NYC, mostly Brooklyn, for 35 years. Besides doing art, Julie taught English as a second language, did sound recording on several documentary films and did a stint as a social worker for the department of social services. She and her husband moved to Stockbridge in 1998.  Julie’s artwork may be accessed at www.julieedmonds.com

11.
Marla Greenfield
“Lenox Library Window”
Watercolor on paper, 15″ x 8.5″, 2015
(22″ x 18″ with brown frame)
  
Opening Bid:                                  $ 175

Bidding Increment:                       $  50

 Marla Greenfield is an award winning watercolorist whose numerous awards have been won on both a regional and national level.  She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, a past President and Vice President of the New England Watercolor Society as well as a Signature member and former member of their board.  She has been featured in American Artist Watercolor Magazine, with her work chosen for the cover. Marla teaches near her home in Wayland, MA.  Her work can be seen on her website at www.marlagreenfield.com

12.
Carol Kelly
“Book Cart”
 
Watercolor on paper, 14″ x 11″, 2015
(23.5″ x 19.5″ with blue frame)
    

Opening Bid:                                $ 175

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

 

Carol Kelly has been a hobby watercolorist for 10 years, with her only formal training being in landscape watercolor from the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY where she was on the Board of Directors.  From a musical family, Carol’s father played jazz bass with Tommy Dorsey and her mother was a New York city trained dancer.  Her education includes degrees in music education and textiles and clothing.  She lives in Lenox with her husband Ken Kelly.

 

13.
Carol Kelly
“Foyer”
Watercolor on paper, 12″ x 8″, 2015
(16″ x 13″ with brown frame)
  

Opening Bid:                                $ 175

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

 

14.
Ken Kelly
“Contemplative Pair”
  
Photograph, 7″ x 10″, 2015
(13″ x 16″ with black frame)
    

Opening Bid:                                $ 50

Bidding Increment:                     $ 25

Ken Kelly is a recently retired college administrator who has relocated back to the Berkshires.  The increased freedom of retirement has enabled Ken to pursue his lifetime hobbies of recreational reading and photography.  His photos capture a few of the fascinating corners of the library that have been revealed while curled up with good book, catching a lecture, or visiting an art show.

15.
Ken Kelly
 ”Guardian of Study”
Photograph, 5″ x 7″, 2015
(10″ x 12″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 50

Bidding Increment:                     $ 25

 

16.
Tricia McCormack Photography
“A Child’s Love for Reading”
Photograph on canvas, 16″ x 30″, 2015
(unframed)

Opening Bid:                                   $ 100

Bidding Increment:                        $  25

 

Tricia McCormack is owner and photographer at Tricia McCormack Photography LLC. Her business began in 2007 and specializes in portrait and wedding photography throughout New England and New York. Tricia along with her husband, lives in Lenox where they are raising their two young boys. As a Lenox native, Tricia loves spending the majority of time photographing elegant weddings right here in the Berkshires where culture, nature and classic beauty come together so perfectly. Tricia can be reached at www.triciamccormack.com

17.
Carolyn M. Newberger
“Infinite Measure”
 
Ink and pencil on paper, 12″ x 9″, 2015
(14.5″ x 18.5″ with gray frame)
    

Opening Bid:                               $ 100

Bidding Increment:                    $  25

 

Carolyn Newberger is a clinical and research psychologist, artist, flutist, and essayist. Carolyn’s deepest interests have always concerned people and their lives. A long career in psychology reflects these interests, as do her art and writing. Carolyn grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended Sarah Lawrence College.   She currently lives in Lenox with her husband.  Carolyn’s work can be seen at www.carolynnewberger.com.
 

18.
Carolyn M. Newberger
“Our Berkshire Heritage”
   
Pastel and pencil on paper, 12″ x 9″, 2015
(14.5″ x 18.5″ with gray frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 100

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

19.
Ivor Parry
“Lending Library”
Watercolor and ink on paper, 14″ x 12″, 2015
(23″ x 19″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 100

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

Ivor Parry was born in Scranton, PA.  He graduated from Pratt Institute, worked in New York city as an art director in advertising for various agencies and later as a designer/illustrator at Parry Design.  Ivor’s objective whether representational or design oriented is to achieve a strong visual image that I feel works as a complete picture and viewers will appreciate. Starting with a line, a swish of paint on a brush, color, or maybe blocking out random geometric and irregular shapes, that will nudge him in a direction that keeps developing as he paints. Ivor has been a resident of Hinsdale for the last 18 years.  His work may be seen by visiting www.ivorparryart.com

20.
Ivor Parry
“The Cupola”

Watercolor and ink on paper, 30″ x 22″, 2015  
(36″ x 24″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 175

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

 

21.
Ivor Parry
“Lenox Library, The Musical”
 
Watercolor and ink on paper, 16″ x 12″, 2015
(23″ x 19″ with brown frame)

  

Opening Bid:                                $ 150

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

22.
Ivor Parry
“The Chairperson”
Watercolor and ink on paper, 12″ x 10″, 2015
(20″ x 16″ with black frame)
Opening Bid:                                $ 125

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

23.
Ivor Parry
“Dewey Decimal”
 
Watercolor and ink on paper, photograph, 8″ x 12″, 2015
(13.5″ x 17.5″ with black frame)
 
Opening Bid:                                $ 100

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

24.
Ivor Parry
“Fix the Cracks”
watercolor and ink on paper, 18″ x 14″, 2015
(26″ x 20″ with black frame)
   

Opening Bid:                                $ 125

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

25.
Doane Perry
“Reading Room”
  
Photograph, 9″ x 11″, 2015
(14″ x 17″ with brown frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 50

Bidding Increment:                     $ 25

  

Doane Perry started taking photographs as an anthropologist in Greece during the 1970s. He continues as photographer and writer for the West Stockbridge Local Yokel and the Richmond Record.  Doane has exhibited his photographs in many locations around the Berkshires. His mother, Helen Perry, was President of the Board of Trustees for The Lenox Library from 1988 to 1992. Doane and his wife, painter Karen Carmean, live in West Stockbridge.

 

26.
Marc Rosenthal
“Reading Room Bust”
  
Colored pencil on paper, 9″ x 6″, 2014
(18″ x 14″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 100

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

Marc Rosenthal is an acclaimed designer and sequential artist, the author and illustrator of “Phooey!” and “Archie and the Pirates,” and the illustrator of a number of children’s books, including the “Bobo” series with his wife Eileen.  Marc’s work has been featured in several major publications, including The New Yorker.  Marc also teaches at The Rhode Island School of Design.  Marc’s work can be seen at www.marc-rosenthal.com

27.
Marc Rosenthal
“Long View”
  
Colored pencil on paper, 10″ x 8″, 2014
(18″ x 14″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                              $ 100

Bidding Increment:                   $  25

  

28.
Marc Rosenthal
“Story Time”
  
Colored pencil on paper, 9″ x 6″, 2014
(14″ x 18″ with black frame)
Opening Bid:                               $ 100

Bidding Increment:                    $  25

 

29.
Jack Sadoway (1940-2014)
“Lenox Library, Late Afternoon”
  
Colored ink and micron pen on paper, 15″ x 22″, 2009
(23″ x 29″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                                 $ 300

Bidding Increment:                      $  50

  

Self-taught artist Jack Sadoway (1940-2014) was given a lavishly illustrated book about animals when he was 4 years old; he always thought this ignited his life-long interest in drawing the textures, shapes and colors of the natural world.
 After a childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jack majored in mathematics at the University of Michigan, worked as a computer programmer in 1962, and spent a year or two each in New York City and Portland, Oregon.  Although he experimented with many media, he always returned to his unique and highly refined micro-stippling, using a 0.005-micron pen, the smallest available. In 1980, Jack and his wife moved to Lenox, where they raised their son and daughter. As a homeschooling family, they made heavy use of all areas of the library. For many years he found great satisfaction in shelving books as a library volunteer.  Jack’s body of work may be seen at www.jacksadoway.com

30.
Jack Sadoway (1940-2014)
“Lenox Library, Late Afternoon” art print (#1)
  
Giclee fine art print on acid free paper with archival
pigmented ink, 14″ x 22″, 2009
(23″ x 29″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 125

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

31.
Jack Sadoway (1940-2014)
“Lenox Library, Late Afternoon” art print (#2)
  
Giclee fine art print on acid free paper with archival
pigmented ink, 14″ x 22″, 2009
(23″ x 29″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 125

Bidding Increment:                     $  25

 

32.
Sol Schwartz
“Johan Serrano, Kids 4 Harmony”
Giclee fine art print on acid free cotton paper with archival pigmented ink, 
20″ x 30″, 2014
(30.5″ x 40.5″ with black frame)
   

Opening Bid:                                $ 300

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

 

Sol Schwartz began drawing in his father’s hand laundry on the Lower East Side of New York city.  He attended the High School of Music and Art and then studied at Brooklyn College and the Art Students League.  This is where he sharpened his skills in drawing the figure.  He set aside his art for 35 years to support his family as a teacher, general contractor, and as the Director and Founder at a non-profit career counseling service. He returned to drawing and painting when he retired to the Berkshires, where he could be close to the music, theatre and art that he loves.  His work can been viewed and purchased at galleries and museums throughout the Northeast region and at www.solschwartz.com  
 

33.
Howard Shapiro 
“Town Library – Lenox, MA”
   
Photograph, 20″ x 16″, 2014
(26″ x 22″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                              $ 50

Bidding Increment:                   $ 25

 

Howard Shapiro was born and raised in Detroit, MI and began his career as a child psychologist. Focusing in the non-profit sector for more than 40 years, including 16 years as the President of the United Way of Bergen County in New Jersey, Howard and his wife moved to the Berkshires 10 year ago.  He has served on Board for The Lenox Library, IS183, and the Temple Anshe Amunim. Since moving to the Berkshires, Howard has taken a significant interest in digital photography, taking classes at IS 183, as well as privately. His interest is primarily the photography of people, architecture, and the beautiful landscapes of the Berkshires. 

 

34.
Claudia Shuster
“Lenox Library at Storytime”
Pencil on paper, 14″ x 11″, 2015
(18″ x 13.5″ with silver frame)
Opening Bid:                                $ 75

Bidding Increment:                     $ 25

  

Claudia Shuster started her formal art study at the Art Students League in New York City as a high school student, drawing the human figure.  She continued this work as an undergraduate (majoring in art history and graduating cum laude from the University of Chicago) and later in several art venues.   Her educational background includes both masters and doctoral degrees in human development and early childhood education.  Her professional work includes teaching adults and children for over three decades. She was a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford, and Central Connecticut State University as Associate Professor. Claudia’s work may be seen by visiting www.nuartspittsfield.com

35.
Claudia Schuster
“Lenox Library’s Puppet Show”
  
Pencil on paper, 10″ x 8″, 2015
(16″ x 13″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                               $ 75

Bidding Increment:                    $ 25

36.
Kevin Sprague
“Library Cupola”
   
Photograph, 20″ x 16″, 2007
(27″ x 23″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                              $ 100

Bidding Increment:                   $  25

 

Kevin Sprague is the Owner and Creative Director of Studio Two. He is driven by a passion for creating opportunities and expansion through his deep interest in beautiful imagery, transparent language, and fundamental design. As a designer, technologist, writer, photographer, filmmaker, and artist, Kevin’s portfolio encompasses internet culture, photographic expression and systems, digital media production, artistic direction and institutional creative process development.  He can be reached at www.kevinsprague.com

 

37.
Kevin Sprague
“Puck”
  
Photograph, 20″ x 16″, 2007
(27″ x 23″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                              $ 100

Bidding Increment:                   $  25

 

38.
Robert U. Taylor
“Light through Lenox Library Window”
Black ink on paper, 11″ x 17″, 2015
(20″ x 26″ with black frame)

Opening Bid:                              $ 250

Bidding Increment:                   $  50

 

Robert U. Taylor was born in Virginia, studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University, where he took post-graduate work in Scenic Design.  He went on to professionally design over 100 productions on and off Broadway, as well as repertory and regional theaters.  He then moved into the film industry, designed over 700 commercials, and continued into the VFX film world designing ridefilms for theme parks.  He has designed architecture extensively in the Berkshires, as well as numerous interior design projects. He lived in Manhattan for 25 years, moving to the Berkshires 20 years ago. He has been on the faculty at Princeton University, Hunter College in New York, and taught graduate classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. His works can be seen in various books on set design, and his work has been on exhibition at the Smithsonian, the International Theater Institute, and at the San Antonio McNay museum’s permanent collection of art. He won two Drama Desk Awards, the Maharam Award, and two Obie Awards; “Raisin”, which he designed, won four Tonys.

 

39.
Cynthia Wick
“A Perfect Spot”
 
Gouache on board, 12″ x 12″, 2015
(unframed)

Opening Bid:                                $ 150

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

Cynthia Wick was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from UCLA and worked for two decades in the movie business, as Executive Vice President of Marketing at 20th Century Fox, and then as a partner at Aspect Ratio, a movie marketing company.  During this time her drawings were regularly featured on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.  Following her career in Hollywood, she returned to her roots as a painter. She lives in the Berkshires with her husband and two sons. Cynthia’s work can be seen at www.cynthiawick.com.

40.
Terry Wise
“Puck”
  
watercolor and ink on paper, 20″ x 14″, 2015
(28″ x 22″ with bronze frame)

Opening Bid:                                $ 150

Bidding Increment:                     $  50

 

 Terry Wise has evolved into being a painter by way of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Textile Design from Indiana University, studies in printmaking and painting, and lots of experimentation in various forms of design and illustration.  She is particularly drawn toward still life subject matter and enjoys bringing rich colors and textile surfaces into her paintings.

Terry maintains a painting studio in Stockbridge and exhibits throughout the Northeastern states and occasionally in Europe. Terry’s work can be seen at www.terrywisestudio.com

41.
Terry Wise
“Puck in Alcove”
    
Watercolor and ink on paper, 20″ x 14″, 2015
(28″ x 22″ with bronze frame)

Opening Bid:                              $ 150

Bidding Increment:                   $  50

 

 

 

The Lenox Library Board of Trustees

will be hosting a

200th Anniversary Celebration

of the Courthouse/Library Building 

on Saturday, May 30th at 5:30-7:30 pm.   

The 200th Anniversary Celebration will be an evening of food, wine, cake, music, books and bidding to benefit the The Lenox Library and its collections, programs, and services. A limited-edition book commemorating the building’s varied history will be offered for sale. Dress as you wish, and be ready to celebrate 200 years of the beautiful building and the power of words within. 

 

Tickets are $50 per person, $60 with a commemorative book.

Additional books are $15 each.  

Tickets and books may be purchased by going here.

 

We are grateful to the artists and sponsors who enabled the story of the building to be written and helped to underwrite this event.   

To purchase admission to this event, please contact Jennifer Knopf, Fundraising Events Coordinator at celebration@lenoxlib.org or 413-637-2630 ext. 121 
for more information.

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