JAFFREY — The 11th annual Monadnock Arts Auction will be held at the Shattuck Inn in Jaffrey Center on Saturday.
Leading up to the auction, Jaffrey artist Jeanne Duval worked in her home studio Friday, adding the finishing touches to her contribution this year, a view of the mountains seen from her home in Italy.
With a long gallery career in New York City and San Francisco, Duval is usually the big draw of the auction, bringing in upward of $20,000 for her pieces. But auctions can be nerve-racking, she said. You never know where the bidding will go.
The artists get 60 percent of the winning bid, with the auction taking 40 percent, which funds art scholarships for local students as well as several local art-centered nonprofits.
Duval has been contributing to the auction since it started in 2002.
"I like what the auction supports, and it's nice to be a part of it."
From paintings, photography, jewelry, furniture, metalwork, and handblown glass, the live auction features juried artists from the Monadnock region and beyond.
"It's exciting and very satisfying that the Jaffrey Chamber has been able to continuously sponsor this important fundraiser for 11 years," Cyndy Burgess, art auction co-chairwoman, said in a statement. "It has not only allowed us to create art scholarships for deserving students, but we've also been able to provide financial assistance over the years to The Park Theatre, Sharon Arts Center, Jaffrey Civic Center and The Jaffrey/Rindge Shakespeare Festival. And because both the live and silent auctions are juried, it has annually been a showcase of works from some of the finest artists in southern New Hampshire, as well as artists from Vermont and Massachusetts."
The traditional silent auction runs in conjunction with the live auction and kicks off Wednesday with an opening reception at the Civic Center on Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and continues Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. During the silent auction, some of the exhibiting artists will offer on-site demonstrations of their talents.
The live auction is planned to start at 6 p.m. Saturday with gourmet hors d'oeuvres, champagne and wine with entertainment from the Tom Martin Trio. At 7:30 p.m., well-known auctioneer Bruce Cobb will start the bidding. Black tie is optional.
Tickets for the live auction are available from the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce in Jaffrey, Steele's and the Sharon Arts Center Craft Store in Peterborough. The cost is $45 per person in advance and $50 at the door. For more information, go to www.jaffreychamber.com.