Art Auction 2016, a biennial fundraising event, proved to be one of the most memorable in both a SMART and historical sense for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. For the first time ever, we introduced patrons to mobile bidding during a Silent Auction held on Thursday, March 3. Patrons were able to bid on multiple works simultaneously and ensure fair bid closings. The Auction offered nearly 400 works of art from galleries in art centers nationwide including sculptures, furniture, watercolors, paintings, and jewelry. Additionally, bidders could vie for trips and entertainment packages. The prices ranged from an opening bid of $60 to $6,000.The two-day event culminated Saturday, March 5, with a Live Auction and dinner in Lowder Gallery, which was attended by 98 guests including the Art Selection Committee Chair Mary Dunn, Co-chair Lucy Jackson, Jane Barganier, Ginny Cumbus, Camille Elebash-Hill, Bonner Engelhardt, Susan Geddie, Gage LeQuire, Phillip Rawlings, Winston Wilson Reese, Bruce Reid, and Laurie Weil.
For the third year in a row, the MMFA had the honor of having auctioneer Don Groesser, who once again proved that auctioneering can be an art too, calling works belonging to notable artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Henri Matisse, Milt Kobayashi, and William Dunlap. Guests enjoyed dinner catered by Jennie Weller Catering and Events, with a menu that included grilled baby Caesar salad, petite filets with a red wine demi-glaze, potato latkes and broccolini, and lemon curd trifle with meringue.
A highlight of both the Silent Auction and Live Auction was the presence of artists Perry Austin of Alabama, Deb Groesser of Nebraska, Eliette Markhbein of New York, and Rhett Thurman of South Carolina, all having works for sale.
Art Auction 2016 was made possible by the dedication and hard work of the Art Auction Committee, chaired by Lisa Capell, Co-chair Allison Ingram, Past Chair, Emilie Reid, Glenda Allred, Jean Belt, Ward Chesser, Elizabeth DuBard, Ashley Gallion, Jason Goodson, Katharine Harris, Debbie Hobbs, Charlene Holtsford, Lisa Newcomb, Stephanie Peavy, Sheryl Rosen, Gloria Simons, Debby Spain, Melissa Tubbs, Burton Ward, Bonnie Waters, Ashley White, and Kelli Wise.
Proceeds from this biennial event are used to support the Museum’s acquisition, exhibition, and educational programs. The MMFA gratefully acknowledges Merrill Lynch as the sponsor of Art Auction 2016.
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