Monday, May 28, 2012
For once, Sven came to check out the sixty birdhouses on display. Since he doesn’t like crowds, we went early. My husband was amazed by the diversity and the creativity of the artists. Being practical, he noticed that most of the birdhouses did not open to facilitate clean-out. What bird in his right mind wants a dirty home or, for that matter, a place where previous owners did not bother to clean up after themselves? We pointed this fact out to the organizers, so who knows,
As usual, I did some eavesdropping during the first hour:
“This is way cool!” (Deep Sea Buoy by Chris Brown)
“I haven’t gotten past this one. What is it exactly?” (Butterfly Mansion by John Walsh)
“This one will attract wrens – the little tiny birds.”
“Do you know Bob?” “I do.” (Smack, smack.)
“Just a little brush and a little dab, or a lot of brushes and a lot of dabs?”
This last remark came from Sarah Curley, admiring Robert Rindler’s Confetti, which sold later, at auction, for $150.
At noon, Nicholas Guide invited everyone upstairs where Anne Suggs welcomed the bidders to the live auction.
Auctioneer Seth Rolbein spiced up the event with quips like “Preservation Hall will stand until Pilgrim melts” or “Any bird would be proud to live in this one” – and occasionally broke into song. (Seth’s day job finds him assisting Senator Dan Wolf.) this famous Wellfleet artist and went for $1000. Tracy Plaut, who repurposed salvaged, gnarled lilac trunks.Lauren Wolk, who signed her work with a flourish. It went for $350. This photo does not do justice to the fine craftsmanship. As you will have noticed, each birdhouse sports a clever name. Provincetown artist Adam Peck donated “For the Birds,” another winner in my book for its classic lines, a birdhouse that would have merited housing birds at the Cape Cod Modern House Trust Kugel/Gips house. "For the Birds" sold for $250. Vincent Amicosante’s “Weather or Not,” left, reached $425. Works of similar size by Vincent are way more expensive at the Harmon Gallery.
On average, birdhouses were selling for around $40 at the silent auction and $100 at the live auction, if you do not count the three most popular items.
Of course, it would be impossible to share all the marvelous birdhouses. Next year, come see for yourself.
This morning Marla Rice informed me that the Birdhouse Auction raised "$10,600, plus sponsorship monies!"
Be sure to mark your 2013 calendar for the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, so you, too, can own a colorful Prez. Hall birdhouse and support Wellfleet's community center.
Posted by Alexandra Grabbe at 6:00 AM
Wellfleet Prez. Hall Holds Birdhouse Auction