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Item 01 — A Week in Paris Studio Apartment
Valued at $1,300
UPDATE: Immerse yourself in the art and culture of romantic Paris, France by staying in this historic apartment. It is located in the 2nd arrondissement, on the right bank of the Seine. The apartment highlights historic stone and wood architecture and includes a double bed, a fold-out couch, open kitchen, and a separate study. The neighborhood is a place where Parisians live, so you will be surrounded by wonderful restaurants, cafés, and fabulous shopping. The 2nd arrondissement is near the center of Paris and includes theaters and the French National Library–it is also very close the the Louvre and to the Tuileries gardens. The apartment is around the corner from a pedestrian street where you can find the best patisserie, charcuterie, and wine shops to supply yourself with a leisurely breakfast or relaxing dinner at “home.” The apartment accommodates 2-4 people and has TV and internet access as well as free international phone calls. Dates beginning in December 2017 will be arranged with the owner. A small cleaning fee is required
To help to plan your Parisian get-away, we are including a EyeWitness Travel Guide “Top 10 Paris” of 2017, with plenty of photos and maps. The guide was donated by Books and Things of Norway.
Donated by Tony Kleitz
Current Bid: $850.00
Item 02 — A Holiday Weekend at the Black Point Inn, Prouts Neck, Maine
Valued at $760
Reserve the Memorial Day or Columbus Day weekend in 2018 for this special treat—two nights in a Captain’s Chamber Room! The Inn is a historic landmark built in 1878 in the shingle style. The rooms are luxurious and feature your own private deck for relaxing in the sunshine. The Inn has spectacular ocean views, two fabulous restaurants, a thermal-heated pool, a private beach, and access to golf and tennis courts. use the hotel’s bikes or kayaks—you can even borrow fishing equipment for surfcasting! The breathtaking Prouts Neck Cliffwal is a stone’s throw away from the Inn. This is the perfect choice for a romantic weekend—continental breakfast is included in the package.
Donated by The Porta Family
Current Bid: $525.00
Item 03 — A Week at Whitmuir Farm in Scotland
Valued at $1,200
Intrigued by the mystery, culture, and energy of Scotland? Have the best of all worlds in a stay at the quiet beautiful countryside retreat of Whitmuir Organic Farm. The Lowlands or Border region is awash with history—you will be surrounded by historic manors and the romantic countryside that inspired poets such as Sir Walter Scott to write of cavaliers, folk heroes, and stone cottages set in green hills. In fact, you will stay in a renovated granary at Whitmuir farm, a comfortable romantic cottage with stone walls, fireplaces, and all the comforts of home. Take walks in the countryside, relax with green vistas and herds of sheep, and plan excursions from this well-placed cottage. With Edinburgh just 16 miles away, you can visit this historic center, looking out at the landscape from the Royal Palace at Hollyrood, shopping along the Royal Mile, visiting museums and tea shoppes, and even taking a ghost tour in evocative Real Mary’s Close or Blair Close! The two-bedroom cottage sleeps four; dates are limited and must be arranged with the owners—April to mid May 2018 and from the end of the first week in September through October 2018. A small cleaning fee is required. As an extra inspiration, this package includes an 11” x 14” photographic print of a honey-colored stone cottage set in the green hills of Scotland by Bill Bramswig.
More information available at: http://www.unique-cottages.co.uk/cottages/south/selkirkshire/whitmuir_steading_cottage
Donated by Sula and Jacek Makowski
Current Bid: $550.00
Item 04 – A Weekend Get-Away in Old Orchard Beach
Valued at $250
Treat yourself to a perfect weekend at the beach! The Edgewater Motel is right on the beach and your cottage-style room puts you right in the middle of all options for a relaxing weekend. You can stroll down to the pier, take a ride on the ferris wheel, or visit the shops in downtown Old Orchard Beach. You can also walk on the crescent-shaped beach and watch the sun rise—or sunset . . . and then walk next door to Joseph’s by the Sea for a spectacular dinner. This getaway may be closer to home but it will feel like you are escaping to another world of rest and fun!
Donated by Katy and Pierre Janelle and Joseph’s by the Sea Restaurant.
Current Bid: $175.00
Item 05 –A Winter Landscape, Hebron
Framed Oil on Canvas by Duncan Slade
Valued at: $3,500 (please note: There is a $2,500 reserve on this piece)
This past July, the Western Maine Art Group featured a Duncan Slade retrospective, which included this unique landscape painting. A retired product designer for UniRoyal, Slade taught art at the Oxford Hills Middle School until 1983. His painting celebrates views of places he called home, including South Paris, Norway, Lewiston, and Portland. This painting is 32” high x 32” wide and is signed at dated 6/9/87. The landscape was commissioned from Duncan Slade by Bette Ann Cushman, a friend of Bernard McLaughlin and a founding board member of the McLaughlin Foundation, which preserves Bernard’s historic garden in South Paris. Bette Ann had an extensive garden of trees, shrubs, perennials, and vegetables surrounding her home on Greenwood Mountain Road, with a distant view of the White Mountains. Slade has chosen to show a wintertime view of the landscape, with vegetation covered by an even blanket of snow. The painting captures a clear evening just before sunset, with a hint of the “gloaming”—the last rays of the sun shine on the hillside, but the sky is glowing with color before the growing dark. The still mountain landscape with swaths of blue shadows and bright white reflections, punctuated by evergreens and topped by the turquoise sky, are reminiscent of Rockwell Kent’s luminous winterscapes. The painting captures a moment in time in a very specific place that was dear to the Cushmans. This painting hung in the Cushman home until the house was sold in 2016 and the piece was donated to the McLaughlin Foundation.
Donated by Bette Ann Cushman.
Item 06 — “Vesper Light 2”
Framed watercolor by Linda Isham
Valued at: $125
Linda Isham’s watercolors are prized by collectors and capture unique views of the landscape. This 2011 watercolor and micron pen piece is 11 ¼” x 11 ¼”. The abstract fields of color suggest water, soil, and vegetation moving with the wind. As with all of Linda’s work, her watercolors bring the viewer to a specific moment in time, giving the sense that this light and those plants are transient and precious. Linda’s work has been show in a number of galleries, including at Manchester Community College, the Matolksy Art Center, Western Hartford Art League, the McLaughlin Garden, Artistic Endeavors and the Mill Hill Inn in Bethel, and the Main Street Gallery in Norway. Her work is in the permanent collection of Manchester Community College.
Donated by Linda Isham.
Current Bid: $
Item 07 — “Winter Brook”
Framed watercolor by Russ Webster
Valued at: $300
As a member of the Rockland Art Association until his death in 1984, Russ Webster was a retired commercial artist from Massachusetts who is known for his harbor scenes and landscapes. He studied with Emile Gruppe, a Dutch painter who moved to the U.S. just before the start of World War 1. A member of the Cape Ann school of artists, Gruppe’s work was inspired by Monet and Webster was also interested in the transitory nature of light. In this watercolor, Webster shows how the low light of winter is reflected in water, snow, and the turbulent sky. The framed watercolor measures 20 1/2 “ high x 27 1/4” wide.
Donated by Jana Kibbe.
Current Bid: $100.00
Item 08 — A view of the McLaughlin Barn
Framed watercolor by T. Anderson
Valued at: $200
We are all inspired by the solemn beauty of the McLaughlin Barn—its knee braces, weathered beams, the worn hickory floor boards. This watercolor celebrates another view of the barn—the back door leading from the potting area out to the foundation gardens to the south of the barn. Not much is known about this artist, but the view of the barn is captured perfectly, from the stone steps to the red siding, to the worn green paint of the door. This very special watercolor will be cherished by someone who has a deep love for the McLaughlin Garden, especially this spot where the barn meets the “sunken” garden.
Donated by Bette Ann Cushman.
Current Bid: $200.00
Item 09 –A pair of rustic-style garden benches
Crafted by Ray Snedeker
Valued at: $300 for the pair
Rustic-style furniture retains features of the original wood—it retains bark and celebrates the grain of the finished wood. Ray has created two garden benches for this year’s auction that would be perfect additions to your garden. He has used ash, a very common Maine tree and the type used for baseball bats, for these benches. The legs of the bench retain the closely textured wood, and the smooth finish of the seat shows the beautiful grain. The benches are stable and easy to move through the garden—you can consider one or a variety of views and move them into places for enjoyment or meditation. The benches are well sealed with a clear finish.
Donated by Ray and Charlotte Snedeker.
Current Bid: $150.00
Item 10 –A pair of “Wave Hill” chairs
Crafted by Ray Snedeker
Valued at: $300 for the pair
Wave Hill chairs are based on a design by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld in 1918—the originals are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The minimalist chair is simple but very architectural and is noted for its comfort. Ray has created two chairs in the Wave Hill style and has finished them with a muted green paint—perfect for your porch, deck, garden, or beside the campfire. But be sure to place them where you can see them—they are pieces of sculpture as well as useful objects!
Donated by Ray and Charlotte Snedeker, wood donated by Record Lumber.
Current Bid: $150.00
Item 11 — A pink and green tourmaline necklace from Cross Jewelers
Valued at: $925
This exceptional necklace celebrates the heart of Maine—and of the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead! The necklace includes pink and green trillion-cut Maine tourmales set opposite each other for dramatic contrast. Like flowers and leaves, these two gems remind us of the beauty of Bernard’s garden as well as the riches deep in the earth of Maine. The pendant itself is about 3/8” long ad ¼” wide. The necklace is 14K yellow gold and has an 18” chain—perfect for something as simple as a white tee shirt or as elegant as a little black dress!
Donated by Cross Jewelers.
Item 12 — Green “emerald”-cut tourmaline from Creasers Jewelers
Valued at: $750
In celebration of The McLaughlin Garden’s 20th emerald anniversary, Creasers Jewelers has donated a spectacular emerald-cut green tourmaline. The gem was mined at Mount Mica and was cut and polished here in South Paris. It is 4.63 karats, and is ready for mounting—you can choose to set it in ring or mount it in a necklace. The piece is a perfect reminder of the McLaughlin Garden & Homestead’s 20th anniversary and will become an heirloom in your family. (Please note that the setting for this gem is NOT included in the bid price.)
Donated by Julie and Dennis Creaser.
Current Bid: $275.00
Thank you for your generosity!