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Arts & Entertainment It’s Celebration! Fine American crafts for sale

Among the many fine craft items being auctioned during Celebration! at The Bascom is Alan Daigre’s Rocking Chair. The chair is a unique walnut framed rocking chair created by linking different wood blocks together so that the chair conforms comfortably to the sitter.at The Bascom’s Fall Fun-raiser

Discover a treasure trove of craft art during Celebration! a weekend event at The Bascom in Highlands from Sept. 28-29. The itinerary will include a patronsonly cocktail reception; artists’ demonstrations, such as woodturning and ceramics-making; a panel on “Collecting Craft: A Love Affair;” silent auction and cocktail buffet. The festivities will culminate in a live auction of select craft by major American artists.

This annual event will feature an informative and entertaining line-up of activities geared to American craft. Three-dimensional art objects offered for sale will include the mediums of wood, ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, metal, furniture, baskets and more. Expect the bidding to be spirited at the live auction, with its showcase of select prime artworks by some of America’s best craft artists. Karl Green, director of European and American Furniture and Decorative Arts of Bonhams New York, will serve as guest auctioneer and direct the live auction sale.

This year’s auction on Saturday, Sept. 29, features 70 fine craft items including:

• The spectacular cast glass hands holding an orb by major artists John Littleton and Kate Vogel

• Large wood cloisonné bowl by Ed Barnes created with inlaid metal in a process that he developed himself over years of experimentation

• Unique walnut framed rocking chair created by linking different wood blocks together so that the chair conforms comfortably to the sitter, a signature design by Tennessee craftsman Alan Daigre

• Two beautiful wood bowls — one by Philip Moulthrop and the other by his son, Matt. The Moulthrop men are legends in elevating woodworking to art

• International ceramics artist Mara Superior's towering English porcelain teapot accented with gold leaf

• Several fantastic trip packages, including fly fishing to the noted South Holston in Tennessee, toy making trip to a craftsman's farm to create a rocking horse that will become a family heirloom, and art trip to the Hudson Valley for privileged access to craft sources.

Guests will glean valuable advice and tips from the experts at Saturday’s panel, “Collecting Craft: A Love Affair.” Mark Leach, executive director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; well-known art dealer Fay Gold of Fay Gold Art Advisory; collector Margaret Pennington; and Anne Tracht of ConsultArt Inc. will be panelists in an informative discussion of collecting craft art today.

Witness the creation of art in the demonstrations by woodturners and potters. The Bascom’s unique six-acre campus has three main buildings, including a 2,500-square-foot pottery barn, to host the various attractions of Celebration!

For more information and to purchase tickets, call (828) 787-2896 or visit www.thebascom.org/celebration.


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