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Autumn Art Auction: Event tonight at N.D. Museum of Art offers 52 pieces by area artists

Fine porcelain, furniture pieces, paintings, prints and collages by regional artists will be offered for sale at the 14th annual Autumn Art Auction Saturday night at North Dakota Museum of Art in Gand Forks.

Untitled mixed media
Shaun Morin of Winnipeg created this untitled mixed media piece.

Fine porcelain, furniture pieces, paintings, prints and collages by regional artists will be offered for sale at the 14th annual Autumn Art Auction Saturday night at North Dakota Museum of Art in Gand Forks.

The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with live music by Jazz on Tap, wine, and appetizers donated by local businesses. The live auction starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers in advance and $40 for non-members at the door.

The 52 pieces of art are now on display at the Museum or online at www.ndmoa.com . Absentee bidding is possible by mail or telephone. Call the museum at (701) 777-4195 to order tickets, receive an Auction Catalog, or register for absentee bidding.

Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, selects all of the work included in the auction, which often involves visiting artist studios, she said.

The auction is a way to showcase regional artists and others with ties to North Dakota Museum of Art, and to develop a buying audience for art and artists, she said in a news release.

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The museum doesn't ask artists to donate work although some do. Instead, it allows them to establish their minimum prices, an amount the Museum guarantees. Each year the museum widens its pool of artists. Not all live locally but all have some relationship with either the museum of art or the region.

When you buy through the Autumn Art Auction, the price includes framing or presentation. Frames are often custom made by the artists or the museum staff who use archival materials. This alone adds significant value to most of the auction sales.

The chairs for this year's auction are Kelly Thompson, Courtney "Doc" Docken, and Mojdeh Mardani. The art pieces will be auctioned by Ross Rolshoven, a collector of early Western settlement and American Indian art and artifacts. He has been a volunteer for numerous civic events and charities over the past thirty years, including the North Dakota Museum of Art. He is a legal investigator who owns and operates Great Plains Claims, Inc., along with his brother Reid, in Grand Forks.

The Museum is located on the UND campus. Info: (701) 777-4195.

"Kelly Slough"
"Kelly Slough," oil and collage on wood with wood collage by Madelyn Camrud and Adam Kemp of Grand Forks.

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