St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Morean Arts Center will host a silent auction to benefit its educational programs on Saturday, August 24 from 6-9pm. Richard and Helen James Minck were beloved local philanthropists who supported numerous local cultural organizations. Avid art enthusiasts, they left behind a stellar collection of artwork, including nationally-recognized and local artists, all of which will be available for auction during the event. Helen James Minck, who passed away in 2011, was the mother of Tom James, Chairman and CEO of Raymond James Financial. Richard Minck passed away in 2012.
“We are excited to share this collection with our community at this time,” stated Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center. “The Mincks were well-loved in this community, and the artwork in this estate is a testimonial to their support of the art in this area. It’s a very joyous, eclectic ensemble of work, and there is something for every taste and budget.”
Over 130 lots are available, including sculptures by Paul Soldner, paintings by the late Robert Hodgell and mixed media works by popular Tarpon Springs artist Rocky Bridges. Images of all pieces available at the auction are viewable online at MoreanArtsCenter.org: http://bit.ly/13Igxaj
“This is a really unique estate, and a rare opportunity to own something that this amazing couple really loved,” said Wayne David Atherholt, Executive Director of the Morean Arts Center. “We have prints by James Rosenquist and Rudy Autio, a Sam Gilliam painting, and work by artists who are no longer with us, including Michael Mick, Bob Hodgell, George Snow Hill and John Stanley. From glass to clay to paintings to mixed media, from decades-old work to new pieces, the range of art is remarkable.”
Wine and appetizers will be provided, and the bidding starts promptly at 6pm on August 24. Early bidders may contact Melissa Yungbluth at 727-822-7872 x2111 or Melissa.email@example.com. All bidding will be closed by 8:30pm.
Visitors may preview the auction items at the Morean galleries on Friday and Saturday, August 23 – 24, from 10 am to 5pm. The Morean Arts Center is located at 719 Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg and open daily from 10a-5p (Mon-Sat) and 12-5p on Sunday. Admission to the silent auction event is FREE.
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Arts Center for Clay.