The Annual Art Auction was held on October 5, 2011.


The Annual Silent Art Auction took place during the month of November in the Matz Gallery. Sixty-seven (67) paintings were contributed by artists. In addition, Pat Earle donated an original Folly Cove table cloth.   The Final Live Auction took place on the Library’s Main Floor on the evening of December 8 with approximately ninety patrons in attendance. For the twelfth consecutive year Jack Goode volunteered as auctioneer. While most artists donate their works at 50%, several artists donated 100% of the proceeds to the Library.

Unfortunately, the December 1 date for the Live Auction had to be rescheduled due to a power outage in the entire downtown area just one hour before the auction was to begin.  The attendance the following Wednesday, December 8 was less than hoped for, but there was brisk activity on several paintings. 

The Art Auction continues to raise money for the library’s Art Department for art related items such as DVDs, shelving, books, periodicals, and programs. Auction proceeds are also used to purchase museum passes to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The Art Advisory Committee evaluates candidates for the Mimi Ferrini Scholarship Award for Cape Ann high school seniors pursuing an education in the arts. This year’s recipients of the $500 scholarship awards were Jason Burroughs and Tyler Devlin.  As an honorable mention candidate, the committee voted to award Stephen Harmon $300.

Over the last twelve years a significant amount of money has been raised for the Library. The Art Advisory Committee would especially like to acknowledge the long term commitment of co-chair Amy Dengler who died this past year.  Since 1998 Amy had given her time, energy and diligence in overseeing the auctions along with her committee members.  She was the organizing, driving force behind the scenes each year until the last painting was sold and the last artist paid.  With great appreciation we salute her selfless service to the benefit of the library and extend deepest condolences to her family and friends.  She is greatly missed.

Auction Proceeds 
Artist Payout and Expenses
(Advertising, postage, refreshments, supplies)  

In January, 2011 the Art Advisory Committee met to discuss the results of the rescheduled auction which were about half the proceeds from the previous year.  The decision was made to change the date of the 2011 auction to the first Wednesday in October in an attempt to capture newer audience of buyers as well as artists.  seARTS collaborated by sending out a news blast seeking new artists. 

The Silent Auction was held during the month of September and the Live Auction held October 5, 2011.  While the size of the audience was not up to more successful years, there was considerable activity in book bidding and few paintings were passed over.  65 artists contributed to the auction with one donor contributing a painting and another contributing 3 paintings.  The committee felt that the continuing bleak economic picture was a major contributing factor in the poor turnout.   However, profits are expected to far exceed last year’s and approximate between $5000-$6000.

The committee wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to the many artists in the community who continue to support the library so generously and to the many volunteers who provide assistance during the auction."

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Pablo
Carolyn Lawler
Mary Weissblum
Carol Gray, Director, ex officio