June 2, 2007

‘Collectors’ Highlights

Some of the items that may hold special appeal at the Creative Arts Guild’s upcoming “Collectors Edition” silent auction on July 8:

• “Floral,” an oil painting of magnolia blossoms against an abstract background by former First Lady of Georgia Betty Foy Sanders.

“Betty Foy Sanders was an artist and a very vocal advocate for the arts,” said Leanne Lawson, the Guild’s facilities director. “She donated works to many arts groups throughout the state, and her work focuses on Georgia’s heritage, its people and its iconic images.”

A retrospective of her work from the 1960s to the present was shown at Trinity Gallery’s space in Atlanta’s Bank of America Plaza in autumn 2006. Georgia Southern University’s fine arts department is named in her honor.

• “New Series IV,” a large (40” x 80”), colorful, abstract landscape painted in 1983 by Edith Bry is an example of the important American artist’s later work.

Best known for her lithographs in the 1930s and 1940s, Bry produced grisaille work as a part of the American Artist Association series during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) era. Many of her paintings and original lithographs deal with the peoples of Spain, North Africa, the West Indies, and Central and South America, but she also executed portraits of George Gershwin and Adolph Gottlieb.

Such major collections as the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Northwestern University Museum in Chicago and many others include examples of her art in their permanent collections.

• Collectors of fine pottery will recognize the beauty of the heavily textured pot thrown by Claude Conover. At almost 20 inches tall, “UCHUC” is a large example of this well-known artist’s work.

Born in 1907, Conover was the Ohio Arts Council’s recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1983, and he was a member of the “Cleveland School,” a term first used by Elrick Davis in a 1928 article for the Cleveland Press titled, “Cleveland’s Art Pioneers Have Put City in Front Rank in Creative Field.” Conover’s work on this scale usually sells at auction between $2,000 and $5,000. The accompanying catalog details the extensive list of American museums that hold his work.

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