This year’s Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction will offer a nice variety of artwork, collectibles, out of print books and historic artifacts at its July sale. Included are eighteen pieces by George Ford Morris, eleven of those being original works. A total of twenty-five different artists are represented in the 65 lots dating from the 1800s to present day. Interested parties will find some beautiful trophies and memorabilia with historic significance, 18 lots of vintage advertising, photographs and collectibles, several equine antiques, 1 stunning fountain, 7 lots of out-of-print books, 5 sculptures, artwork that is both historically and artistically significant, and artwork that is whimsical, decorative or that makes a statement.
“Each year we are amazed at the variety and quality of offerings that are presented” says Tolley Graves, the event’s coordinator. “The subject matter has been broadened this year and I think many people will be surprised at the nature and quality of the pieces that are being offered.”
Some of the interesting items that will go up on the block are a vintage Cole Bros. Circus lithograph featuring a Saddlebred; a magnificent bronze sculpture of the legendary Rex McDonald; a vintage TV lamp featuring a Saddlebred as a circus horse; a gorgeous pair of antique andirons made from horse shoes and brass harness hames; paintings and sculptures by 11 gifted contemporary artists, 6 of whom are first-time consignors; 11 original pieces by George Ford Morris, including oils, a watercolor and several charcoals. We even have an unused Lilly Pulitzer bag in Carson Kressley’s Grandstand design – signed by Carson!
The auction will be held on Saturday July 11, 2015 at the Museum’s Showplace for Saddlebreds (at the Kentucky Horse Park) at 12:00 Noon – the week of the Lexington Jr. League show. Items can be previewed on Friday from 9 am – 6 pm, and on Saturday morning prior to the auction. The Horse Park is an easy 15 minute drive from the show grounds. Anyone needing directions is urged to call the Museum.
Hard-copy catalogs will be available by June 1st. If you wish to receive one, please call or email the museum (859-259-2746 ext. 305 or [email protected]). If you cannot be present but wish to bid on an item, telephone bids can be made with advance arrangements. The auction will also be accessible online this year through liveauctioneers.com. Those who are interested in bidding online are urged to sign up at least 48 hours in advance of the auction For more information, contact Tolley Graves at the number or email above.
Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History: Recent Donations & Special Selections
The American Saddlebred Museum’s 2015 exhibit, Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History: Recent Donations & Special Selections opened on Friday April 10, 2015 following an open house and the Museum’s Annual Meeting of Members. The exhibit features new acquisitions to the Museum’s permanent collection along with loans of unusual items from several collectors of Saddlebred memorabilia. By showcasing recent gifts to the collection and loans of relevant pieces, the exhibit is both a thank you to our donors and a way to expose the public to some unique bits of Saddlebred history that are not yet a part of our collection. Highlights of the exhibit include a bronze of WC sire WC I’m First by Alexa King, an oil of the early winners of the Kansas City Star Challenge Trophy by Marna Haff, a Patricia Crane bronze of recently deceased WC CHCallaway’s Criterion, a banner from the original Pin Oak Horse Show grounds, and a vintage Saddlebred chandelier. Come out to the Museum to see these, and many other unique items, as quite a few of the pieces will be returned to their owners at exhibit end. Bits & Pieces of Saddlebred History will run through January 31, 2016.
2015 YOUTH/YOUNG ADULT ART AUCTION
Rules (please read carefully):
1.) Art must be original and completed by the entrant.
2.) Art must be Saddlebred related in theme.
3.) Hanging art must be limited to a size of 8 inches x 8 inches up to 30 inches x 30 inches (including frame).
4.) All frameable art must be submitted in a simple black frame with a wire or hook for hanging.
5.) Images in artwork must be free of training devices such as chains, stretchies, tailsets, and the like.
6.) In lieu of a submission fee, all entrants must be Museum members. Youth membership is $10 per year, Young Adult membership is $20 per year, Individual membership is $35 per year, and Family membership is $50 per year.
7.) Please note! Art must be photographed before submission and the photo emailed (in jpg format) to [email protected] in order to post artwork images on Facebook. Please send quality images.
8.) Please include your name, address, email address, artwork title, medium, and age (for youth only) when submitting your entry and include the above information when emailing your artwork image.
9.) Entries should be sent to the American Saddlebred Museum and must be received no later than April 1, 2015.
10.) Shipping costs to return artwork are the responsibility of the entrant.
11.) Each artist may submit up to three total entries.
12.) Professionals (those who create art as a paid occupation) are prohibited from entering the Amateur Artist division.
Art will be judged by a panel of experts from various art genres. A winner will be selected in each of the juried divisions. Each division winner will receive a $100 cash prize.
An image of each entry will also be posted to the Museum’s Facebook page where an additional prize of $50 cash will be given to the “Facebook Fan Favorite” in each juried age division. The “Facebook Fan Favorites” will be awarded to those entries receiving the highest number of “likes” by a specified date. The Amateur Artist division will also compete for a “Facebook Fan Favorite,” although no cash will be awarded. Only glory!
Additionally, a selected group of entries may be used to create note cards which will be sold in the Museum Gift Shop.
Artists have the option of selling their work during the exhibition with 50% or 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Please specify when submitting your entry if you are interested in selling your work. Artwork from all divisions will be on display at the Museum April 7 - July 1, 2015.