Heart of the Arts.


James Aponovich: Canton Bowl with Assorted Fruit (2015)
framed: 9″ x 11″
Value: $8,000

James Aponovich is New Hampshire’s most renowned living artist. His work is collected by museums throughout the United States and Europe. He is best known for his colorful still-life paintings rendered in sharp focus, a dominant theme in his work.


After spending time in Italy and studying art and culture of the Renaissance, Aponovich began composing glorious arrangements, including flowers and fruits, against scenes of Italian countryside. Much of his work strikes a balance between apparent reality and a personal fantasy that is shaped by classical ideals of beauty. Although Aponovich adheres to traditional genres, his subjects are frequently presented in unexpected, often whimsical, ways. In a similar manner, space and perspective are subtly altered, lending surrealistic energy to otherwise orthodox compositions. The artist remains closely attached to New Hampshire and he currently lives and works in Hancock, N.H.


Soo Sunny Park: Spectral Line (series #3) (2016)
Wood, plexi and light louver 24″ x 24″ x 3.75″
Retail value $6,000
Spectral Line.

This work of art was taken from the artist’s exhibition, Hybrid Objects which explores the space between two and three dimensions by taking elements from both drawing and sculpture to create new forms. Park uses sculptural materials such as sheet rock, plastic, window screens and egg cartons, to create the lines and flat patterns fundamental to drawing, while incorporating sculpting techniques such as gouging, puncturing, cutting, and polishing in her mark-making. The resulting pieces are a hybrid of the two genres: two-dimensional pieces which engage the physical space by shifting as the viewer moves and changes perspective. Conversely, she uses drawing tools such as projection, shadow and translucency in her sculptures. Light acts as a medium in all of her work, adding structural elements to each piece.


Soo Sunny Park is a NH artist whose exhibition, BioLath, is featured at The Currier Museum of Art through August 6, 2017. Park’s site-specific work is an immersive sculptural environment that explores the effect of light on visual perception.


Varujan Boghosian: The Eye of the World, 2001
Value: $5,500

Varujan Boghosian’s art is the focus of an exhibition this summer at the Currier entitled Snakes and Swans: Varujan Boghosian. According to Kent Fine Art, “As a practitioner of the modernist tradition of constructions and collages in the wake of John Heartfield and Max Ernst, Varujan Boghosian speaks not only with things, but through the medium of found objects. By re-contextualizing 100 years worth of found materials with scissors and paste, time and context are re-examined. Boghosian’s approach is intuitive and meditative, dealing less with external social factors and lending more focus to the materiality and history of the object. Fusion and juxtaposition are what sets his work apart along with an acute understanding of literary history, while his inquisitive nature is what lends poetry to his constructions. His use of contradictory visual elements is sympathetic to Ernst but the content he creates is all his own.”


In this piece, entitled the Eye of the World (26″ x 25″, framed), Boghosian challenges the viewer with the fundamental riddle of object and meaning inherent in the assemblage. We are confronted with a constellation of objects. The artist “uses visual elements of light and dark, color and mass, line and form to expose new possibilities in the relationship between continuity and change, fact and fiction, reality and fantasy,” explains Robert M. Doty, curator of Boghosian’s 1989 retrospective exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. His work is in the public collections of The Currier Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, University Art Museum of the University of California Berkeley, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, among many others.


Diamond Earrings from the Beth Miller Collection
Rose cut and slice diamond (.80 carats) teardrop earrings set in sterling silver and 14-karat yellow gold with rhodium
Value: $5,000

Beth’s keen eye for style and talent for developing relationships have created a solid foundation for her business, the Beth Miller Collection. It’s her flair for recognizing impactful design and how it fits into the individual context of her clients’ lives that has carved her a significant niche within the upscale jewelry market. Beth’s skill in choosing the right pieces helps clients to feel beautiful wherever life takes them and has earned her a loyal following throughout the world. Her pieces can be seen on the runway, in numerous celebrity red carpet appearances, and have been featured at trunk shows across the country.


Stoneware Bowl by Edwin and Mary Scheier
Value: $3,000

This remarkable wheel-thrown bowl is enlivened by the sgraffito decoration and relief that are hallmarks of these pioneering 20th-century potters. Edwin was largely self-taught in ceramics and met his wife, Mary, also a ceramicist, while working for the WPA. They collaborated from the start of their marriage and created ceramics that melded their creative strengths. Edwin began teaching at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where they both lived until 1968 when they moved to Oaxaca, Mexico to study Mayan arts and crafts. The couple won numerous awards throughout their careers, had their first retrospective at the Currier in 1948, and their last traveling retrospective, organized by the Currier, in 1991. The Scheiers’ ceramics are in many major museum collections, including the Currier. The bowl measures approximately 11” in diameter.


Bruce McColl: Celia Thaxter’s Garden on Appledore Isle (2016), Watercolor and crayon on paper
18 x 24 inches, matted and framed
Shoals Marine Lab’s Guided Tour of Celia Thaxter’s Garden on Appledore Island, Summer 2017
One Day Trip to Appledore Island with Gourmet Lunch for Two

Value: $2,700
In the 12 years that he has been affiliated with the Currier, Director of Art Education, Bruce McColl, has developed an enthusiastic following for his vibrant, dynamic watercolors of subjects close to his heart: family, still lifes and beautiful landscapes. This stunning watercolor features Celia Thaxter’s garden on Appledore Island, painted during an artist residency in summer 2016. Inspired by the legend of Childe Hassam’s extended engagement with Thaxter’s garden, McColl captures the hues and textures of the garden with his signature calligraphic brushstrokes and bold coloring. McColl is represented by McGowan Fine Art, Concord, and his paintings are in many private collections as well as in the Currier Museum’s Collection.  


Celia Thaxter’s Garden Tour participants will be transported to and from beautiful Appledore Island aboard the R/V Gulf Challenger. Passengers should plan to meet the vessel at UNH’s Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex, adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in New Castle, N.H. As a part of this unique tour package, you will enjoy a fully-catered luncheon courtesy of Shoals Marine Laboratory in our beautiful Kiggins Commons Dining Room, offering expansive water views and an open deck, should you wish to dine en plein air!

Lisa Noonis: Clouds Reflecting on Shore
Value: $2,500
Lisa Noonis is a native of the New Hampshire Seacoast. Her love of the ocean is palpable in her signature beach paintings. Clouds Reflecting on Shore (oil on panel, 16” x 20”), which conveys the sense of a moment, reveals a series of emotional and psychological experiences reconstituted in the materiality of paint. The effect is to evoke sensation through a lyrical, intuitive engagement with the painting while remaining anchored in the experience of a definite place and time. Noonis is represented by The Banks Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H. Her body of work ranges from landscape to still life and figurative. She is represented in galleries from Maine to Florida and her work is in many private collections worldwide.



Somesville Cottage – Mt. Desert Island, Maine
Value $2,800
Stay at a lovely cottage on Mt. Desert Island including two rooms with queen beds and a single bedroom. Nestled among trees at the edge of Somes Pond, where the loons call after dark, you will also find undulating, moss-carpeted pathways adjacent to Acadia National Park. Guests will be welcomed with the freshest lobster dinner! Enjoy hiking the many trails, walking panoramic seaside paths, kayaking and canoeing, and swimming in Somes Pond. As an added treat, a meeting will be arranged with renowned photorealist painter, Richard Estes, for a personal tour of his art studio. Estes’ work is represented in the Currier’s collection and many others around the globe. This getaway is available in August, September or early October 2017. The Estes tour is only available in August or September. No pets please.


Bavaria Vacation House
Value: $2,500
Spend the week in a warm Swiss-style home nestled in Bavaria that sleeps 10, featuring six bedrooms with four full beds and 1 ½ baths. There is a washer and dryer or you can use the local washerei service.


Arrive at the Munich airport. A rental car is needed to get to the house, which is located in Samerberg, Bavaria. There are many beautiful nearby castles, picturesque villages and churches, lush green vegetation, large lakes and snowcapped Alpine mountains. It is beautiful in summer for hiking or visit in winter, when you can find great skiing. The last two weeks of December are not available. Bidder must use within 12 months of the auction.


Panama City, FL Vacation
Value: $2,500
Panama Beach.
Emerald Beach Resort and Spa is one of the most luxurious beach experiences available along the shores of Panama City Beach. Enjoy a first class, seven-night, getaway ($400 airfare voucher included!) in a two-bedroom/two-bath condo with unobstructed views of the white sugar-sand leading into the emerald green water.


The resort boasts a pristine expanse of beach to accommodate an array of water sports, two pools and a fitness center. The on-site concierge service can help organize any golf, fishing, dining or entertainment adventures in the area. There are also bellman, valet and doorman services available 24 hours a day.


This professionally decorated, family-friendly condo can accommodate eight – it boasts an ocean-facing master bedroom, a queen-size bed in the second bedroom, built-in bunkbeds in the hall, and a queen-size pull out sofa.


So grab your flip-flops and some sunscreen and get ready for some fun!


Available September thru December 2017.


Boston Getaway: Two Nights at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Dinner, Private Tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Value: $2,000
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Enjoy a two-night getaway for two at the impeccably designed and newly renovated Boston Harbor Hotel, offering an unmatched blend of luxury, comfort and style. Your room, designed with urban sophistication, will showcase a panoramic view of the glistening harbor or the city’s expansive skyline. During your stay, savor a five-course dinner at the Forbes four-star, Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar, known for its excellence in wine and food pairings. You will also delight in a private tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Pieranna Cavachini, the curator of of contemporary art.


Reservations based on availability and must be used by April 15, 2018.


Nantucket Island Getaway
Value: $1,500

Book your ferry and tune up your bike! Spend four days and three nights in this charming private cottage offering accommodations for six people, just steps away from bustling Main Street! It has three bedrooms with one full bed, two sets of twin beds and two full baths. Spend a day birding, biking the trails, relaxing on the beach or exploring the exquisite shopping and dining options in town. Nantucket is designated a New England Seaport Town National Historic Landmark District of the 18th and 19th centuries and is known for its architectural and environmental treasures. The cottage is available for this long weekend getaway in either June 2017 or 2018.


Deer Park Resort, Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH
Value: $1,700

Feeling adventurous? Pack your bags and head for the White Mountains! Spend seven nights in a fully furnished, two-bedroom condo with accommodation for seven at the legendary Deer Park Resort.


Pick your season! Going in the winter? Enjoy downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing; the condo is just three miles from Loon and 10 miles from Cannon. Heading up in the summer of fall? Fly fish out the back door on the Pemigewasset River for brook trout, or soak in the foliage views while golfing or hiking nearby courses and trails.


Your stay includes full access to the Deer Park spring-fed private lake and beach, use of a charcoal grill on the Pemi, six outdoor tennis courts, indoor pool and hot tub, sauna, indoor squash courts, workout facilities, and large spacious recreation room with pool table and air hockey table overlooking views of Franconia Notch and Loon Mtn.


This package includes two adult ski passes and lessons at Cannon Mountain ski school for the 2017-2018 ski season, regardless of when your stay is! Your stay promises unforgettable year-round fun!


Available: May 2017-2018 and beyond. Subject to availability.


Red Sox Tickets
Value: $550
Red Sox.
Take me out to the ballgame! Grab three of your friends and head to Fenway for prime ballpark seats: Field Box 53, on the 3rd base side of home plate, looking up the 1st base line, Row K, seat numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick three game dates for the 2017 season as soon as possible. Contact information provided at checkout. Tickets include a parking pass at Ipswich St. Garage!