Something Blue will feature a silent auction at the gallery—with work by up-and-coming regional artists and contributions from beloved New Haven institutions—and a live auction in the former Connecticut Bank & Trust Building complete with work from renowned artists—including Anni Albers, Lee Boroson, Paul Cadmus, Sharon Core, Titus Kaphar, Jerry Meyer as well as unique travel and cultural experiences.

The evening will be presided over by veteran Artspace auctioneer Guy Bennett, coming in from London for our event. Guests will have the opportunity to have your picture taken in Lotta Studio’s Roy Lichtenstein inspired photo booth , sample hors d’oeuvres and sweets from Roia and wine from Matua New Zealand and Francis Ford Coppola Wineries.

  • 5:00-6:45 PM Art Party and Silent Auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Artspace
  • 7:00–8:00 PM Seated live auction, begins promptly (next door) at 45 Church St
  • 8:00PM Desserts & art-wrap begin directly afterwards
  • 8:15pm Junior Committee After-Party begins
  • Dress Code, Something Blue, of course. Check out the blue apparel on display in the window of our Orange St neighbor Neville Wisdom

Something Blue would not be possible without the tremendous efforts of our Benefit Committee. We extend our thanks to Cassandra Albinson, Jennifer Aronson, Rob Bartholomew, Jennifer Burbank, Cathy DeMeo, Eileen Eder, Carol Grave, Kaela Heaslip, Helen Kauder, Martha Lewis, Matt Maleska, Sinclaire Marber, Beth Miller, Julie Parr, Barbara Pearce, Andy Rubenoff, Joanna Schiff, Tessa Smith, Timothy Young. Junior Committee: Presca Ahn, Shannon Connors, Sarah Fritchey, Michael Haverland, David T. Johnson, Sinclaire Marber, Tessa Smith, Stephanie Wisowaty.

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Live Auction Lots

Anni Albers, A

Screenprint on Mohawk Superfine Bristol Paper
29 1/8” x 25 7/8”
1968
Estimated Value $4000

Anni Albers is one of the best-known textile artists of the twentieth century, but is accomplished in drawing, printmaking, and jewelry as well. Born in Germany, Albers studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the Bauhaus before being recruited to teach at Black Mountain College from 1933 to 19149. She is known for linear abstractions, her use of color, and fabrics made of unusual materials, such as aluminum and cellophane. Later on in life, Albers explored printmaking through lithography, screenprinting, and etching. Her work is in the collections of MoMA, the Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin. Albers’ legacy is carried on through the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, CT.

Courtesy of the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

More about this artist: http://albersfoundation.org/

Vito Acconci, City of Words

Lithograph, signed

30 x 36 “

1999

Estimated Value $3,000.

City of Words merges Acconci’s interest in language and conceptual poetry reflected in his earliest works of the 1960s and ’70s with his more recent investigations of architecture and urban planning under Acconci Studio. The “city” depicted is a rendering of a labyrinthine environment constructed from the text of Acconci’s own writings, giving language a concrete form.

Vito Acconci (American, b. 1940)
MFA, University of Iowa, 1964
BA, Holy Cross College, 1962

Since his first exhibitions in the 1960’s Vito Acconci has radically explored a variety of media including performance, film, installation, sculpture, and architecture. His work has been shown internationally in galleries and museums, such as the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA, and included in significant exhibitions, among them the Venice Biennale and several Whitney Biennials. His major retrospective Vito Acconci: Domestic Trappings travelled around the country in 1987. In addition to fine art Acconci has written original fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Most recently Mr. Acconci been working on international architectural projects through his design firm Acconci Studio.

Jennifer Bartlett, Two Boulders

Edition #PP, Hand Signed
2011
Estimated Value $3500

Jennifer Bartlett (Yale MFA ’65) emerged in the 1970s as one of the leading American artists of her time and one of the first female painters of her generation to be both commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Her first major work, Rhapsody, exhibited in 1976 in New York, is a composition of 987 painted steel panels that combines many stylistic tendencies of the 1970’s, such as minimalism and pattern painting, in a single work.

Bartlett’s works are represented in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, TX; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY among others.This print, in an edition of 100, was commissioned as a benefit for Studio in a School.

This lot includes a private tour of Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe 1970-2011, at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill NY, led by the Museum’s Director, Terrie Sultan.

Courtesy of the artist and Brand X Editions, New York

Gene Beery, A Painting That Had to Be Realized No. 3

Canvas, Frame, Duct Tape, Paint
13 3/4” x 15 1/8”
2014
Estimated Value $4000

Gene Beery is best known for his text-based paintings and photographs, which have been defined as everything from expressionist to conceptualist over the course of his career. Over the past 50 years, Beery has pushed the boundaries of the art world with his unsual pieces. He has had solo shows at the Quay Gallery in San Francisco, the Algus Greenspon Gallery in New York, and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. Beery is represented by the Algus Greenspon Gallery and currently lives in Sutter Creek, CA.

Courtesy of the artist.

Paul Cadmus, Teddo

Lithograph, 147/200
1985
9 1/2” x 10”
Estimated Value $1400

Paul Cadmus is known for his paintings and drawings of figures that fluctuate between perfect and hideous, but are always imbued with sensuality and social critique. Cadmus rose to fame after a depiction of a homosexual couple in his 1934 painting The Fleet’s In! caused the piece to be removed from the Corcoran Gallery amid huge scandal. Today, his work is in the collections the Whitney, the Metropolitan,and the Smithsonian. Before his death in 1999, Cadmus was the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney, Metropolitan, National Museum of American Art, and the DC Moore Gallery.

This work is D59 in the Catalogue Raisonee.

Sharon Core, Early American, Still Life with Wild Raspberries, 3/7, 2008

Chromogenic Print
12 3/4” x 16”
2008
Estimated Value $7500

Sharon Core constructs sumptuous still-life photographs inspired by the works of past painters, ranging from Raphaelle Peale to Wayne Thiebaud. One of Core’s series, Early American, involves the photographic replication of Peale’s meticulous still-life, using period vessels and historic varieties of plants to recreate the painter’s compositions. Also a trained pastry chef, Core either makes or grows almost everything in her photographs. She is currently featured in the book Vitamin Ph (Phaidon), the global survey of contemporary photography featuring 121 of today’s most innovative art photographers. Core’s works are in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. She is currently represented by the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York.

Courtesy of the artist & Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Titus Kaphar, Obama

Mixed Media
7” x 7”
2014
Estimated Value $3000

Titus Kaphar uses his work to create dialogue on art, race, and representation. Melding fiction and culture, Kaphar slashes, layers, and crumples his work to dramatic effect. These multi-layered pieces make frequent references to history, reflecting on old controversies and highlighting ongoing conflicts. Kaphar served as Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum of Harlem and has work in the collections of the New Britain Museum of Art, the Studio Museum, and the Seattle Museum of Art. in 2009, Kaphar received the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence fellowship, awarded bi-annually to an emerging black artist, for his exhibition History in the Making. The artist works in New York and Connecticut and is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery.

Courtesy of the artist.

Linda Lindroth, Blue Stripes with Grey Squares

Archival Pigment Print
36” x 43”
2014
Estimated Value $8500

Linda Lindroth is an artist and writer living and working in New Haven. Though she works across media, Lindroth makes particular use of photography. Recently, Lindroth has focused on containers manufactured in the United States in the twentieth century. Lindroth flattens and enlarges these disintegrated boxes, shocking the viewer with the realism and size of these mundane objects. She has work in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Lindroth has taught courses in visual culture at Quinnipiac University and is represented by the Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven.

Courtesy of the artist and Giampietro Gallery.

Jerome Meyer, Palmistry For the Very Worried

Mixed Media
27.5” x 23” x 7”
Estimated Value $3500

Jerry Meyer has been working with solid acrylics (Plexiglas) since 1992 making free-standing sculptures. In 1997, he began combining the acrylics with kitchen appliances—what he calls the underappreciated icons of our lives and adding electric light.

Technically, Meyer is an outsider artist. As a youth, however, he studied painting with several private teachers and attended the Museum of Modern Art Annex School in New York City where his family lived as a teenager. He studied Art History at Brown University and after attending Yale School of Medicine he pursued portrait and landscape painting with Roger Van Damme and others. A former psychoanalyst, Meyer has devoted himself full time to his work as an artist since 1999. His constructions, including commissioned pieces, are included in many private collections.

Courtesy of the artist.

Tom Thayer, Tunnel Jerk Animation Paper Puppets

Paper, Tape, Collage
15.5” x15”
2010
Estimated Value $2500

Tom Thayer is best known for his animated videos, assemblage paintings, and handmade puppets. Rather than draw from pop culture or art history, Thayer often finds inspiration from more obscure sources, including outsider art, the independent music scene, and Eastern European Animation. These references are built on Thayer’s desire to combine high and low culture while facilitating collaboration between the two within his own work. Currently living and working in New York, Thayer is represented by the Derek Eller Gallery. Thayer has exhibited at the Long Island City Sculpture Center, MoMA PS1, and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Thayer will have a solo show at Derek Eller Gallery from April 25 to May 24, 2014.

Courtesy of the artist and Derek Eller Gallery.

William Steiger, Blue Wonderwheel

Soft-Ground and Acquatint Etching
Edition 25 of 30
21.5” x 28.75”
2009
Estimated Value $2000
New York-based painter William Steiger’s focusis on fundamental representation of the Americanlandscape. His subjects are industrial andrecognisable – grain towers, cable cars, trains,and amusement park attractions. His graphic,distinctly schematised work is grounded in thetraditions of classic American landscape paintingand the machine-age Precisionism of figureslike Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth.Steiger received an MFA in painting from YaleUniversity and is represented by MargaretThatcher Projects in NY. His works have beenshown around the world and are in the permanentcollections of The Metropolitan Museumof Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art,and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Courtesy of the artist and Pace Prints.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LEWITT ON THE AMALFI COAST

See the countryside that inspired the influential Connecticut-born artist Sol LeWitt from his own home base! Invite friends to join you for one week at a charming cottage in the LeWitt family’s private compound in the small town of Praiano, in the hills overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Explore Positano and the beautiful Amalfi Coast, enjoy sea views from the garden, visit the working farm, then spend evenings surrounded by LeWitt’s wall drawings—examples of one of the most important aspects of his diverse practice. A perfect escape for foodies, hikers, and anyone looking for a unique and relaxing getaway seeped in art world history. Sleeps six; dates for the week to be mutually agreed upon with the LeWitt Collection. A detailed feature and photo spread of the house appeared in Art in America in 2009.

Estimated Value: $12,000

HIT THE SLOPES OR THE LINKS IN BEAUTIFUL VERMONT

Enjoy a whole year of unlimited skiing and golfing for you and your family at the Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain, a private (members only) ski club. This exclusive 1,400 acre enclave offers a panorama of activities for every season, with deluxe accommodations and fine dining beckoning at the end of the day. Hermitage Club thrills with something for everyone—outside there’s incomparable scenery, snowmobiling, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and 18 holes of challenging golf; indoors there’s a games room, spa and wellness center, and a five-star restaurant presenting an eclectic menu f eaturing locally-sourced ingredients. The oneyear introductory membership starts as of the date of this auction and includes use of the Nordic ski & snowshoeing trails, ice-skating rink, tubing hill, fitness center and hot tubs, plus discounts on the other amenities. The Hermitage Club is an easy drive from Boston, Southern New England, and NYC.

Estimated Value: $35,000

Silent Auction Contributors

Aspasia Patti Anos
Sophie Aston
Lani Asuncion
Cat Balco
Catalina Barroso-Luque
Carlo Battaglia
Marion Belanger
Richard Benson
Lee Boroson
Dianne Bowen
Susan Breen
Alexis Brown
Jennifer Burbank
Colin Burke
Joy Bush
Kris Chatterson
Jason Clay Lewis
Chris Coffin
Vince Conterino
George Corsillo
Claudia Cron
Jennifer Davies
Matthew DeLeon
Kathleen DeMeo
Geoffrey Detrani
Karen Dow
Alisa Dworsky
Eileen Eder
Roxanne Faber Savage
Matt Feiner
Joan Fitzsimmons
Judy Gelles
Julian Gilbert-Davis
Elizabeth Gourlay
Stephen Grossman
Clymenza Hawkins
Susan Higgins
Janne Holtermann
Fritz Horstman
Insook Hwang
Jana Ireijo
Keith Johnson
Ernest Jolicoeur
Nina Jordan
Takeshi Kawashima
Tricia Keightley
William Kent
Lisa Kereszi
Emily J. Kloppenburg
Sasha Kopelowitz
Peter Krashes
Jenny Krasner
Jenny Krasqow
Sun K. Kwak
Constance La Palombara
Janet Lage
Maria Lara-Whelpley
Martha Lewis
Frank Lind
David Livingston
Elizabeth Livingston
Beth Lovell
Willard Lustenader
Michelle Mackey
Eva Mantell
Barbara Marks
Melissa Marks
Ihrie Means
Fethi Meghelli
Roslyn Meyer
Alison Meyler
Irene K. Miller
Jane Miller
Meredith Miller
Christopher Mir
Gina Moreno-Valle
Nyeema Morgan
Alan Neider
Jennifer Nichols
John O'Donnell
Leah Oates
Craig Olson
Carol Padberg
Liz Pagano
Amy Pryor
Kirsten Rae Simonsen
T. Willie Raney
Kristine Robinson
Margaret Roleke
Alyse Rosner
Lawrence Russ
Jerry Saladyaga
Rebecca Salter
Brian Sargent
Ben Schachter
Jessica Schwind
Robin Sherin
K. Levni Sinanoglu
Jeff Slomba
Joseph Smolenski
Tyler Starr
Thomas Stavovy
Angela Strassheim
Rashmi Talpade
Paul Theriault
Rita Valley
Kevin Van Aelst
Michael Van Winkle
Caterina Verde
Elizabeth Walsh
Susan Walsh
Brian C. Walters II
Laura Watt
Melanie Watter
Barbara Weissberger
Jeanne Wilkenson
Mark Williams
Aicha Woods
Chris Wright
Timothy Young
Jennifer Zackin

Silent Auction “Experiences” and Special Item

We’re assembling exciting dining, theatre and arts packages and will also offer home décor, fashion and other special “blue” items from our generous contributors, which include:

Blue Plate Special

Satisfy your craving for blue cheese, blue chips or blue point oysters at these fine New Haven restaurants:

  • BAR – micro-brew beers, brick oven pizza, live music & big-screen sports
  • Bentara – Connecticut’s finest Malaysian restaurant
  • Briq – serves global tapas, small plates & specialty cocktails
  • Miso – Japanese restaurant, voted “Best Sushi in Connecticut”
  • 9th Note – 9th Square’s new dining spot with live jazz 4 nights a week
  • Skappo – a wine bar serving authentic Italian cuisine
  • Thali – In the heart of Ninth Square, featuring regional cuisine of India

Value: $510

A Year at the Museum

Explore five of Connecticut’s premier art museums with a one-year household/family membership at:

  • Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
  • Bruce Museum, Greenwich
  • Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
  • New Britain Museum of American Art
  • Wadsworth Atheneum

Benefits of membership vary at each institution, but typically include unlimited free admission to exhibitions and educational programs, discounts on museum store purchases, members-only exhibition previews, new member tours, newsletters subscriptions and more.

Value: $400

A Day at the Festival

Enjoy a day of activities at the 2014 International Festival of Arts & Ideas that includes premium tickets, reserved seating and access to the Festival’s Hospitality Lounge on the New Haven Green. The package includes a reservation for a morning bike or walking tour, 2 premium tickets to an afternoon performance and 2 passes to the Lounge for an evening Headline concert. Available for June 14, 15, 22 or 28.

Value: $550

Art of the Cocktail

John Ginnetti, one of the owners at 116 Crown and an expert mixologist, combines demonstration and explanation for an informative social event. This cocktail class for six can be based on spirit, genre, history, specific cocktails or a proprietary concept designed specifically for your group.

Value: $450

Build Your Dream

This is a once-in-a blue-moon opportunity to build your dream furniture or woodworking project under the guidance of master woodworker, Jeff Carter, founder and owner of the Westmount Group. Package includes preliminary design at the drawing table with Jeff and two days of creating your piece alongside him in his shop, located in West Haven. Parent/child (over age 14), duos and couples are welcome.

Value: Priceless

Be Creative!

Explore your creative side with a visual arts multi-session class or workshop at Creative Arts Workshop in the Audubon Arts District. CAW offers classes for adults and young people in photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, pottery, digital media, book arts and more. Classes are typically offered in six- or twelve-week sessions.

Note: The value of this item depends on the class chosen. The certificate may be used only once, and has a value ranging from under $200 for shorter sessions up to $600 (maximum) for 12-session classes.

Stage Right

Who needs New York when world-class, professional theatre abounds in Connecticut? View productions on each of these award-winning stages:

  • Hartford Stage – two tickets to Hamlet (Oct. 16 – Nov. 9)
  • Long Wharf Theatre – two tickets to any production on stage now through April, 2015
  • Westport Country Playhouse – two tickets to any production, 2014 season
  • Yale Repertory Theatre – two tickets to Arcadia (Tu,W, Th performance, October 3-25, 2014)

Value: $500

Dinner and a Show

Enjoy an evening in downtown New Haven with two tickets to opening night (Friday, November 28th) of A Christmas Carol at the newly refurbished Shubert Theater, and dinner for two (on any date) at Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant, serving a contemporary Mediterranean menu in a relaxed, chic atmosphere.

Value: $240

Lunch and a Tour

Go behind the scenes for a private, curator-led tour of Yale University Art Gallery’s American Decorative Arts Furniture Study, a working library of American furniture and wooden objects, which features more than 1,000 works from the 17th to the 21st century (up to 12 people). Before or after your tour enjoy lunch for six at Meat & Co., New Haven’s premier sandwich counter & sister to 116 Crown.

Value: Priceless

Mind Your Business and Body

Energize your business with a one-month membership at The Grove, a co-working space on Chapel Street for nonprofits and independents. The Grove provides all the technical amenities you need plus a creative environment that inspires networking and collaboration. At the same time, rejuvenate yourself with five classes of your choice at Fresh Yoga’s studio at 49 Orange Street, and a great new haircut at Euphoria Salon.

Value: $280

Sew Something Blue

Brush up on your sewing skills or learn a technique you’ve yet to master in a two-hour private sewing class with Ninth Square’s own Neville Wisdom. Known for retro-chic designs inspired by the 50’s and 60’s, Neville’s Fashion Design Studio specializes in custom tailoring for men and women.

Value $100

Clothes Make the Man

For the gentleman that values quality and distinctive style, Ferrucci Fine Men’s Clothiers, with over 50 years in the business, will “suit” all your wardrobe needs. Choose from among their collection of premium brand suits… something blue, perhaps?

Value: $750

Hot Yoga

Get fit and relieve stress with a three-month unlimited membership at True Bikrum Yoga, 59 Elm Street, New Haven. Bikram’s beginning yoga class consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises performed in a heated room for 90 minutes. Open to newcomers and devoted practitioners alike.

Value: $350

Shoreline Wellness

Do your body a favor with a private yoga session with Ava Tyler at her Branford studio or your shoreline home, and healthy eats from G-Zen, an organic vegetarian restaurant from the creators of Gmonkey Mobile, named one of the top ten vegan restaurants in America.

Value: $200

Home Décor

Add a touch of blue to your home courtesy of Fairhaven Furniture and The Blossom Shop, where you’re sure to find just the right floral, fine craft or decorative accent.

Coffee Klatch

Four blue-glazed mugs by master potter, Hayne Bayless, will add style to your morning ritual. Stock up on coffee, tea, and all your breakfast and brunch needs with an Elm City Market gift card.

Value: $275

Devil of a Blue Dress

Long before Larry Aldrich founded The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, he took a summer job as a salesman for a local dress manufacturer and within two years had created his own fashion firm. Aldrich’s deep appreciation for beauty is evident in this stunning sapphire blue ensemble he designed in the 1950s. The 3/4-length sleeves and patch pockets keep it from being too stuffy. The dress and jacket work well independent of each other and the pink rhinestone buttons add charm. It’s a gorgeous find for a vintage fashionista! Size 10/12

Value: $600

Indulge Yourself

Chase away those winter blues for good with a basket of goodies including:

Two bottles of wine and four picnic glasses (courtesy of Briq)
Chocolate gift package (courtesy Wave Gallery)
Almond biscotti from Italy and a certificate for blue cheese (from Caseus Fromagerie)
One dozen cupcakes (courtesy of Sweet Mary’s)
Value: $165