Church art sale to offer rare works from local artists, past and present

March 1, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — The First Presbyterian Church will host an art sale Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The proceeds will go to support church missionary programs in Mexico and Oman as well as area missions.

However, the “How Great Thou Art” sale is more than your standard fare church rummage sale — it’s a unique opportunity to own rare original paintings and numbered prints from local artists, past and present.

Of the items up for silent auction are two original oil paintings by Henrietta Morrison, who came from a large local farming family and was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church before here death in 2004.

An original watercolor by Art Robbins, whose works today can be found hanging on the walls of local businesses and banks, will be up for bid as well. After Robbins’ death in 2003, many of the works from his gallery made it out into the community, including through a 2007 auction to benefit the Scottsbluff Public Library in which 38 of his works sold for $15,000.

Other items include an original Audrey Towater floral acrylic painting. Towater died in 2011, but her works are nearly as ubiquitous as Robbins’, being found hanging on walls from the Star-Herald to the state capitol building in Lincoln. The works aren’t just pieces of art, but artifacts of the people and places in the Panhandle.

More contemporary works on the auction include a numbered print by Gering artist Mary Hunt, a photograph by Scottsbluff photographer Charlotte Ingraham, and a melted crayon door from painter Amy Sadle, formerly of Mitchell.

“People have been very generous,” Judy Chaloupka, who helped organize the sale, told the Star-Herald Thursday. “I told a friend of mine that the pictures that she has under her bed that she has no room for on her walls would make perfect donations.”

Chaloupka said the donations have also come from beyond the church’s congregation.

Starting bids on all of the works are $5. A range of other posters and paintings will also be offered as home décor.

“My daughter asked me if we would have art that a young mother or a young family could afford,” Chaloupka said. “So we’ll have other priced art at $5 or $10 beyond the silent auction items.”

Some of the priced art includes Western scenes and prints, with art to appeal for all ages and pocketbooks.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 101 E. 20th St. in Scottsbluff. It’s suggested that you enter on First Avenue.

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