North Shore Arts Association 2012 Live Art Auction Fundraiser To Be Held Saturday, August 11th Skinner's Stuart Slavid is live auctioneer; online bidding also available

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Original artwork from the region’s finest artists will be available to all bidders at the North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) 2012 Gala Preview Party and Live Art Auction on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Featuring juried selections from many NSAA artist members whose work can be found in private collections, the NSAA Auction benefits the non-profit cultural organization that has been connecting art and the community for 90 years.

Original artwork from the region’s finest artists will be available to all bidders at the North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) 2012 Gala Preview Party and Live Art Auction on Saturday, August 11, 2012. Featuring juried selections from many NSAA artist members whose work can be found in private collections, the NSAA Auction benefits the non-profit cultural organization that has been connecting art and the community for 90 years. The event will take place at NSAA’s historic waterfront gallery at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester, Mass., from 5:30pm to 9pm. Tickets are $30 each and are available at http://www.nsarts.org or by calling 978.283.1857.

By popular demand, NSAA’s Gala Preview Party and Live Art Auction will again be held as a single event on the same evening. NSAA is also pleased to announce that renowned appraiser of antiques and fine arts Stuart Slavid from the premier auction house Skinner Boston will serve as host and auctioneer that evening. Based on last year’s success, live online bidding will again be available to those unable to attend in person. The event will begin at 5:30pm with an artwork preview party, featuring an open wine bar, sumptuous hors d'oeuvres from Passports Restaurant, and live music by Jazz in the Air Trio. The Live Auction will be held from 7pm to 9pm.

Selected through a juried process to ensure quality, nearly 100 distinctive works of art representing a wide range of artists, genres, and mediums will be available for auction. Among the featured artists are David Curtis, Ray Crane, Ronalee Crocker, Paul George, Robert Gruppe, Ken Knowles, Judy Metcalfe, Charles Movalli, Tom Nicholas, Nathalie Nordstrand, Dale Ratcliff, Arlene Richardson, Betty Lou Schlemm, Peter Tysver, and Jeff Weaver as well as other fine painters. Auction artwork will be on exhibit for previewing in the NSAA Gallery August 5 through August 11 during regular hours (Monday-Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm; the Gallery will close at 3pm on August 11), or online at nsarts.org. Those who cannot attend the Auction in person may follow the proceedings on their home computers or personal electronic devices and make real time bids online during the Auction. Those interested in online bidding can view the artwork and register for the Auction at http://www.LiveAuctioneers.com/browse/seller/NSAA. (Registration by 5pm on August 11 is strongly advised to assure participation.) There is no buyer’s premium and absentee bids will be accepted.

“Each year, NSAA strives to make the Auction a memorable experience for our patrons, sponsors and artists while raising essential funds to support our work and mission,” says Art Auction Chair Monica Lawton. “This summer we’ll combine the best of the new with the tried-and-true, featuring innovative live online bidding and the expertise of Skinner Auctioneers, as well as the return of a single, combined event where guests and artists can mingle and enjoy a festive preview party before the bidding begins.”

NSAA is pleased to recognize BankGloucester as Premium Sponsor of this year’s Auction, which is also supported in part by Art New England, the Mary Ann Finn Family, Matter Communications, and Passports Restaurant, among others.

About North Shore Arts Association (NSAA)
With its origins inspired by the great landscape and harbor painters of the mid-1800s through the 20th century, NSAA was formed by a group of prominent artists and Cape Ann residents. Its purpose was to bring together comprehensive and representative exhibitions of painting and sculpture, and to persuade other artists to come to the North Shore in an effort to further American art. Incorporated as a non-profit institution in 1922, the NSAA opened its doors to the public on July 14, 1923, with the largest collection of art ever shown at one time in Gloucester.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, today NSAA plays a vital role in supporting and promulgating the work of more than 500 members, while promoting arts education and appreciation in the community. Open daily May through October, NSAA presents juried and non-juried gallery exhibitions of paintings and sculpture as well as classes and workshops for children, youth and adults, free demonstrations, concerts, and other special events. For more information, please visit http://www.nsarts.org or call 978.283.1857.

About Skinner Auctioneers
With galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Mass., Skinner is a leading full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art. As one of the world's leading auction houses, Skinner offers collectors the chance to bid on many rare and desirable pieces. Often, these unique items achieve world-record prices. In 2004, Skinner set a world record for a painting sold at auction, when a previously unknown Fitz Henry Lane work was auctioned in Boston for $5.5 million. Stuart Slavid joined Skinner in 1989 and today serves as Vice President, Director of European Furniture, Decorative Arts, Silver and Fine Ceramics. As a leading auctioneer and general appraiser at Skinner, Mr. Slavid often lectures and conducts benefit auctions.

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