Art auction Saturday pays tribute to Mollie Donovan
Sponsors said they have acquired art from local and area artists, but also three pieces from a Spanish protege of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro -- Modesto Cuixart, founder of the "Dau al Set" movement in Barcelona.
The Mollie Gala Art Auction is planned from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse Barn. Proceeds benefit the historical society, for which Donovan was an advocate and arts patron many years.
Tickets are available at the historical society's website for $60 until Friday, April 20. Tickets at the door will be $65.
In addition to the three Cuixart pieces, sponsors said, the auction will feature works by Leonard Fisher, Hardie Gramatky, Julie Fatherly, Lisa Black, George Hans Wright, Ray Rideboch, Garrett Price, Howard Munce and others.
Cuixart gained international recognition in 1959 when he won the best painter prize at the São Paolo Bienal in Brazil, beating out Picasso. He was a contemporary and friend of Salvador Dali, and Cuixart's work has been alternately described as surrealism, expressionism and magical lyricism, gala sponsors said.
Kristan Peters-Hamlin, auction chairwoman, said in a news release the event is "extraordinarily fortunate" to have received the contributions from Cuixart's widow, Victoria.
"The bidder who acquires this art will find that its investment value appreciates with time," she said.
In addition to the Cuixart paintings, pieces have been contributed by local artists and by the families of deceased local artists from the period when Westport was known as an artist colony, gala sponsors said.
In addition to art, the evening will include food and wine contributed by local restaurants and a local wine store, plus music provided by a string quartet and pianist.
Tickets are available online for $60 at: www,westporthistory.org. Under "Events," click on "Mollie Gala Art Auction," then "Buy Tickets). Tickets at the door are $65.