2019 Gala Art Auction Preview!

18 (and counting) talented and award-winning artists have donated art works to the La Passeggiata Art Auction, including Luann Bice, Sharon Birzer, Stephanie Bower, Dodi Fredericks, Cynthia Esselman, Heidi Favour, Tom HoffmannBeAnne Hull, Paolo Lattaioli, Anita Lehmann, Craig Litherland, Holly McKinley, Alan Maskin, Betty Merken, Lara SwimmerKristen Scott, Sylwia Tur, and Katherine L. Wright. The artists' work will be on display at the evening Gala, and we're offering you a preview here!

All proceeds from art work sold through the auction will support the Civita Institute Fellowship and residency programs as well as our other programming. The proceeds also enable the houses, library, grounds, and archives of the Civita Institute to receive the necessary repairs, maintenance and loving care they need to house our programs. 

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Tom Hoffmann

Tom Hoffmann

Untitled

Watercolor, 13' x 21" Mat with plexi clip frame.

Watercolor has been my primary medium for forty years, and still, somehow, the medium manages to stay just beyond my grasp. The learning process has mainly been a matter of letting go—giving up control—so that painting becomes more and more an act of watching the paint do what it wants. For as long as I have been painting, I have also been teaching. The two practices are now inextricably interwoven. Painting influences teaching, of course, but just as often what I’m teaching can have an effect on how I paint. The need to articulate the subtleties of seeing form rather than content, for example, has helped me gain detachment from my immediate agenda while I am painting.

MINIMUM BID: $ 450.00


Paolo Lattaioli

Paolo Lattaioli

Folio #1—Drawing the Italian City

Folio #1
Seven prints of archiect Paolo Lattaioli's brilliant pen and ink hand drawings, each one hand-tinted with gold or pastel color, individually signed. Each approximately 11.25" x 15.5" The collection includes drawings of: Torino, Milano, Firenze, Perugia, Roma la citta, Roma S. Pietro and Colosseo, and Roma pilgrimmage churches. Each print is placed in a protective paper sleeve inside the folio.

NOTE: Image shown here is representative of Lattaioli's drawings. The actual prints included in the collection may differ.

Architect Paolo Lattaioli graduated cum laude at the University La Sapienza (Rome) and currently lives in Perugia where he has worked as executive officer for historical centers. In 1984 he founded the Interregional Institute for historical and urban studies (I.I.S.S.U). He is an academic at the prestigious Accademia “P. Vannucci” and a member of the Nobile Collegio del Cambio (Perugia). His works include projects and studies for Perugia, Roma, Todi, Città della Pieve, San Miniato, Agrigento, Milano, Sarajevo, Assisi, Popola, Washington DC. Lattaioli’s exhibitions have been held in Milano, Genova, Washington DC, Chautauqua N.Y, San Miniato, Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Milano Triennale.

LIVE AUCTION ITEM!
MINIMUM BID: $ 500.00


Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower

Chiesa San Donato Afternoon 2018

Sketched and painted on location, with the afternoon light bathing the Chiesa.
Pencil and watercolor. 8" x 13" unframed.

Stephanie Bower is a Seattle-based architectural illustrator, author, teacher, and traveling Urban Sketcher.

LIVE AUCTION ITEM!
MINIMUM BID: $ 400.00


Dodi Fredericks

Dodi Fredericks

After the Storm

Landscape.
Watercolor and gouache on paper.
18" x 36" framed

Circling back from years as artist potter then as a landscape architect, my painting work has evolved from representative subjects to the wholly or somewhat abstract, evocative of the landscape. I am focused on the material quality of the watercolor medium, the energetic direct application of paint and the formal aspects of color and composition. The subject matter of current works of watercolor on paper reflects experiences of the landscape in the Pacific Northwest and further afield, the visual springboard for the images. The work brings to the page impressions of expansive spaces of dune, field and sky.

LIVE AUCTION ITEM!
MINIMUM BID: $ 400.00


Betty Merken

Betty Merken

Composition in Red #01566

Unique print. Oil monotype on Rives BFK paper. 
39" x 29" framed.
Vertically formatted geometric abstraction, consisting of rectangles of red ochre against a yellow ochre background, inspired by architectural colors documented in Italy. Framed in maple.

Betty Merken has had 31 solo exhibitions and 48 group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Her work is in the collections of the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Portland Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, the Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, and the Civita Institute in Italy. 

My work explores the effect of color and its illumination. Inspired by observations of the manner in which light affects color with its passing movement and changes I am fascinated by the power of color to evoke emotion and to encourage contemplation, allowing the viewer to become the subject of the work.

LIVE AUCTION ITEM!
MINIMUM BID: $ 500.00


Anita H. Lehmann

Anita H. Lehmann

Northwest Landscape

An evocative response to the Northwest landscape.
Pastel, 24" x 22" 

Anita H. Lehmann is a teacher, an artist and an award winning architectural illustrator.

“Drawing is about attempting something beyond language and beyond representation. I connect with the world and experience life. Mine is the hand of a practiced artist who has spent thousands upon thousands of hours honing my tool. My pencil is a baton; the goal is to wield it as effortlessly as most people breathe. I strive for humor, humility, work ethic, and confidence.”

MINIMUM BID: $ 450.00


Resolute Lighting Protoype Light Fixture

Resolute Lighting Protoype Light Fixture

Donated by Resolute Lighting

Resolute Lighting produces decorative lighting for specification to architects and interior designers. This prototype lighting fixture is one-of-a kind—its rustic finish reminiscent in concept of the doors in Astra's patio in Civita.

Resolute Lighting is based in Seattle, Washington. Our core clients are architects and designers, and while the company has a distinctive look and feel to its products, we do not intend to thrust a point of view on our clients. Our ideal relationship is collaboration between the company—our designers, our manufacturing capabilities—and the designer/specifier to build a sensible product tailored to fit a project’s particular needs.

With in-house metal fabrication, CNC router and 3D printing capabilities, we welcome opportunities to transform client concepts into unique, project specific lighting solutions. Resolute’s capabilities and resources can be applied equally to small and large projects. We operate a total quality system and tests 100% of its products before shipment. Most of our fixture components are produced domestically.

MINIMUM BID: $ 400.00


Alan Maskin

Alan Maskin

The Etruscan Layer

Exploded perspective illustration of the subterranean architectural layers of Civita.
Stylist pen on trace paper. 12" x 18" 

Alan Maskin is a principal and owner of Seattle-based Olson Kundig, where he leads an interdisciplinary team of architects, designers, visual artists and researchers. His team designs buildings, parks and gardens, installations, sculptures, digital art, graphic novels and film. In recent years, Maskin has been awarded first place in multiple international design competitions, including The Bob Dylan Center, The Jewish Museum Berlin Kindermuseum, and Fairy Tales 2016, the world’s largest architectural ideas competition. Maskin’s current work includes a redesign of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, a new museum for an American sculptor, a museum project in Berlin, an art park in Sacramento and several narrative-based projects including a new visitor center for Tillamook Creamery in Oregon.

This drawing was created during Alan’s two-month residency fellowship in Civita di Bagnoregio. His application, titled "Ritornato," marked his return to study a hill town he had visited 20 years earlier where he studied with his most influential design teacher, Professor Astra Zarina. The drawing lifts the “medieval layer” to reveal all that’s left of the architecture of the ancient Etruscans: a subterranean maze of carved spaces. The “return” research trip was inspired by a Lillian Hellman quote, "The paint has aged and I wanted to see what was there for me once, what is there for me now."

MINIMUM BID: $ 125.00


Cynthia Esselman

Cynthia Esselman

Vita

Roman alley on a late summer afternoon.
Watercolor, 9.5" x 12.5" framed.

Cynthia is an architect as well as an artist, working in watercolor and mixed media. Having worked in the design field for over 35 years, Cynthia has a keen awareness of the relationship of form and space that are vividly apparent in her wide variety of work. She has earned both a BFA and MArch from the University of Washinton. Her work is a record of her interpretive process, forever held in a single moment, and she engages with painting as an ongoing kinetic expression of form and space.

Trained as an architect, I bring to my work an awareness of the structure of space and the ability of light to manipulate form. My work is a record of my interpretive process, forever held in a single moment. I engage with painting as an ongoing kinetic expression of form and space. My favorite works are those that, through the process of creation, connect to the spirit of place.0

MINIMUM BID: $ 250.00


Holly McKinley

Holly McKinley

Untitled

Abstract landscape. 
Watercolor, 15.25" x 15.25" framed

Holly is a native Washingtonian designer and artist. Her images are inspired by the expansive landscapes of our beautiful state.

The process of painting is a pure delight. Each work is a discovery, an opportunity to learn, and an attempt to create beauty in my small corner of the world. 

MINIMUM BID: $200.00


Sharon Birzer

Sharon Birzer

Ramalina panizzei, Civita Italy, 2018

Graphite, colored pencil.
Archival print on German Etching paper, 20" x 16" framed

Sharon Birzer is a Natural History Illustrator. She is a 2017 Civita Institute Fellowship recipient, shows her work nationally and internationally, and teaches.

I work from direct observations of natural phenomena. Enlarging, layering, and fragmenting these sources, I amplify their detail and allow for a closer look. I make works on paper that meld drawing and painting. This lichen was growing in the Chestnut Grove near Civita, documented during my fellowship.

MINIMUM BID: $ 125.00


Kristen Scott

Kristen Scott

Pentimento Necklace

Vitreous glass enamel on steel, hand formed tubes. Leather cord, sterling silver findings.
20" drop, adjustable.

Born and raised in Seattle, Kristen is managing partner of Weber Thompson, a design firm in South Lake Union. When not designing office buildings, she works in metal and glass, designing and making kinetic jewelry. Her pieces are carried at KOBO on Capitol Hill and Higo Gallery in the International District.

Good design peels away extraneous material and ideas to revel the essential. My jewelry pieces are rustic in nature; they have patina made through layers of texture and color just as the world is composed of change over time. "Pentimento Necklace" interprets the geology of Civita, reflecting the layers of volcanic tuff it is perched on, eroding over time, revealing what lies beneath.

MINIMUM BID: $ 150.00


Piazza San Donato

Piazza San Donato

Craig Litherland

Archival panoramic photo prints, each 12” x 36” matted

Craig Litherland assisted Liza Mickle on her 2012 Civita Institute Fellowship and spent his free time documented many scenes in Civita and the surrounding region with his custom panoramic camera set-up. He is in the process of compiling them in book format.

A seconf print "View East from Tony's" will also be available.

MINIMUM BID: $100.00 each


Sylwia Tur

Sylwia Tur

Impressions: on and off light switch

Porcelain, 20" x 12" x 5" 

On and off light switch is part of a new body of work exhibited at Linda Hodges Gallery in January 2019, called “Impressions.” The work resulted from an experiment Tur conducted, where each day for a month she counted the number of times she interacted with a set of objects at her house. Light switch was one of them, along with cabinet doors, microwave, dog bowl, electric socket, kitchen range, and several others. Using clay slabs, Tur has taken impressions of these objects, where each slab represents one day of interacting with that object, creating an imprint that is literal, yet, somehow transcends reality. To see overlapping light switches is to acknowledge how much of life is lived through seemingly mundane and repetitive tasks. The resulting Impressions are not replicas of the objects she touched every day. Instead, they are the recordings of her activity, negative reliefs representing memory of touch.

Sylwia Tur was born and raised in Poland. After moving to the US, she continued to study linguistics, while discovering her passion for art. Tur is interested in language, architecture, and design, distilled to their basic components of organization, grid, proportion, and reduction. Modernism, minimalism, and brutalist architecture, growing up in communist Poland, have all shaped her perception and aesthetics. Her most recent solo show was in January 2019 at Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle.

MINIMUM BID: $ 400.00

 


Katherine L. Wright

Katherine L. Wright

Montisi Dusk

Watercolor, 16"; x 20" framed.
This piece was accepted in the NWWS Waterworks 2017 Exhibition, and is professionally framed with highest quality acid-free mat and anti-reflective glass with UV protection.

Katherine Wright, a Seattle native, attended Cornish School for Allied Arts, and later WSU, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture. She is a Registered Architect in the state of Washington, as well as a Professional Architectural Illustrator, including Residential Portraits. While living in Italy from 2005 to 2013, she had the opportunity to dedicate time to watercolors, and has shown as a watercolor artist in many Italian venues. In 2016 Katherine received the NAIUSI/Civita Institute Fellowship and presented the documentary “The Role of the Donkey in Civita.” She is currently is pursuing to expand her research and develop a program to be held at the Institute in 2020.  

"Montisi Dusk" was inspired by an on-location sketch created while visiting Montisi, a medieval hilltop village with fewer than 400 inhabitants in the heart of Southern Tuscany. I found myself there at dusk, when the daylight dropped away, and the streetlights softly rose attempting to replace it; a stillness overtook the single street that is the lifeline of this tiny village.  

MINIMUM BID: $300.00


Luann Bice

Luann Bice

Discovery Park Series: Annex 1 and 2

Monoprint/etching. Plate created with non-toxic process using digital and hand-altered imagery combined with an "À la Poupée" inking process to create unique, multi-color Artist's Proof. 16" x 20" framed.

After a long and satisfying career in graphic design, Luann pursued a second masters degree in fine arts and has since been doing purely creative work. Her artwork is not medium-dependent and includes drawing, printmaking, book arts, photography, 3D sculptures and installations, as well as video. She is the recipient of a 2018 Civita Institute Fellowship.

"This piece is one from an ongoing series of etchings of iconic scenes and buildings in Discovery Park, Seattle, WA, an area that I love and visit several times a week. The works are fueled by my fascination with aging, the evolution of architectural surfaces over time, and the beauty of decay."

MINIMUM BID: $ 150.00


BeAnne Hull

BeAnne Hull

Cloistered

Two wall sconces that change when the light is switched on. Mixed media. 9"h x 5"d x 7.5"w

Many years designing, teaching and experimenting in mixed media, including lighting led to the making of these illustrated lamps.

MINIMUM BID: $ 50.00 each


Heidi Favour

Heidi Favour

Paper Quilt: Jewel 1927

Life’s flotsam and jetsam as a paper quilt.
Mixed media assemblage (paper, thread, wood, metal)

16” x 20” ready to hang

Heidi grew up on a farm in North Dakota where she learned to appreciated hard work, old tools, and the beauty of simple things. She has a BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead and lives in Seattle. 

Old and odd bits of paper, tools, and ephemera fascinate me. I try to imagine the history and stories that are attached to the objects. I create assemblages in hopes to elevate the simple bits of everyday life into a more lasting form.

MINIMUM BID: $ 200.00


Lara Swimmer and Robert Zimmer

Lara Swimmer and Robert Zimmer

Civita Project #424

Archival digital print. 12" x 18" 

A unique still from the collage mapping project (Civita Carta, 2010)

Lara Swimmer and Robert Zimmer are a married couple and collaborative team, Photographer and Architect respectively, who joined forced to create a perspectivist mapping of the streets and buildings of Civita and the surrounding valley from an aerial perspective and foundation interiors.

MINIMUM BID: $ 150.00