Cracks are beginning to appear in Lloyd Mifflin’s “Summer Day Along the Creek,” a 1913 pastoral oil painting depicting cows drinking from a creek in the cool shade of trees. Miflin, who lived in Colombia from 1846 to 1921, was an artist and a famous poet, and more than 500 sonnets have been published in his name.
The 18-by-32-inch painting is part of the Columbia Public Library’s permanent art collection, which features about 20 works, including “A Summer Day Along a Creek,” as well as two other Mifflin paintings. Fundraising for the restoration and conservation of pastoral painting, which is no longer as bright as it used to be, is the goal of the library’s second annual art auction.
The Columbia Public Library’s second annual art auction will be held at the Library, 24 S. Sixth St., Columbia, and the surrounding Locality Street Park, beginning at 1:30 p.m., May 15. More than 60 works of art and a rare first edition book can be purchased immediately or bets made during the event. Interested participants can view items available for auction, bid on a silent auction with seven homemade cakes, and make purchases of art and books at multiple “buy it now” tables with donated items starting at 1:30 p.m. The auction, which takes place on the library terrace, starts at 3pm and is expected to be around two o’clock. The event is free and open to the public and includes free food and beverages as well as music provided by the Columbia School of Music.
Last year’s event raised $ 10,000 to help the library preserve its art and book collection. This year, the art auction committee hopes to raise $ 15,000 to help pay for the restoration and conservation of a painting by Mifflin, one of Colombia’s favorite artists.
“This year’s money has a little more heartbreak,” says Karen Spina, one of the six members of the library’s art auction committee. “Lloyd Mifflin was from Colombia and he is well known as“ America’s Greatest Sovereign ”but he started as an artist. It’s very expensive and we’ll pay in. For restoring and conserving this painting, but then it will be in good condition for another 100 years ”.
Three paintings by the Lloyd Mifflin Library are not participating in this year’s auction, but they will be on display during the event. Fans of the literary work of “America’s Greatest Soner” will be able to auction a copy of one of Mithlin’s poetic books “The Runaway Nymph and Other Poems.”
The event features a variety of works of art, including paintings by contemporary and historical local artists, as well as pottery and rare first editions and signed copies of books from the library collection that can be purchased at one of the Buy Now tables. or place a bid during the auction.
Among the paintings that are taken out of the library’s collection and available during the auction are a number of professionally cleaned and reworked oil paintings by Colombian artist and designer Wilfred Ferguson.
“Wilfred Ferguson was a contemporary of Charles Demut. They both graduated from the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and are probably separated by about a decade of difference, ”says Spina. “Ferguson’s museum was the Susquehanna River, particularly from Chikis Rock.”
Other works by renowned Colombian artists include the works of the late Dorothy Cooper, a longtime Colombian elementary school teacher, and the late Camilla DeHaven, a direct descendant of Hans Gera.
Contemporary paintings by Lisa Madenspacher, Marita Hines and Kevin Lehmann’s pottery are also among the many works of art available during the event.
And, of course, what kind of library sale without books? A rare American copy of the first edition of 1952 “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank with the introduction of Eleanor Roosevelt is valued at more than $ 500.
Three books: “Currier & Ivers: Engravers for the American People”, “Lloyd Mifflin: The Poet and Artist of Susquehanna” and “Doctor. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, all formerly owned by artist Wilfred Ferguson and with his signature, sold as a set.
Other noteworthy books include the first edition of 1912, The Titanic Sinking and the Great Catastrophes, a historical photo book with the Bridges of Columbia and Wrightsville, a signed copy by Eric Larson, Splendid and Sneaky, a signed copy of John Bade’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. a copy of Michael Crichton’s “Electronic Life” and the first edition and a signed copy of Milton Hershey’s biography.
The event is an opportunity to celebrate and support the mission of the Colombian Public Library to preserve and preserve the works of local artists of the past and present by purchasing rare items or simply enjoying free food, drinks, music and a day at the park.
“You can get a fair deal on the painting and support the library,” Spina says. “Our hearts are in this.”