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Vintage posters go on view, silent auction block at AVA in Lebanon

LEBANON — AVA Gallery and Art Center, 11 Bank St., will display and auction off 19 framed vintage posters from the collection of Alfred T. Quirk.

Quirk, a longtime AVA supporter, donated the posters from his extensive collection to benefit the organization's nonprofit visual arts organization. The images include Harper's Bazaar and World War I propaganda posters by artists Edward Penfield, James Montgomery Flagg and Charles Livingston Bull, among others.

"One particularly impressive poster is a color lithograph by Flagg titled 'Wake up America Day', depicting a woman as a town crier carrying a lantern and American flag," curators said.

A reception is planned from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. A preview and early bidding period for the silent auction will take place today through Saturday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in AVA's Johnson Sisters Library. In addition, AVA will extend its regular gallery hours to include Sunday, March 23, and Monday, March 24. The final bidding takes place at 7:30 p.m. during a Silent Auction Party on Saturday, March 29.

While no admission is charged to preview the exhibition or to make early-bird bids, there is an admission fee to attend the Silent Auction Party. Cost is $25-$30 in advance or $40 at the door.

For more information, call 448-3117 or visit


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