Art auction to benefit athletic teams


THE ART AUCTION arriving at North Carroll High School in November will offer top-quality framed paintings and prints as part of an entertaining community experience. It also will raise money for sports programs at the school.

"We're looking to have a fun evening. Even if people don't buy a painting, they'll enjoy it just to see something different," said Paul Kraushofer, event chairman.

Often, fine art is linked to athletics by depicting sports. The fine art in the auction doesn't use sports as its subject, but the event will benefit fund-raising efforts of North Carroll Athletic Boosters, a group of parents that helps support athletic teams at the high school.

"It's a different type of fund-raiser," Kraushofer said.

A brochure for the event will contain advertisements, which, with ticket sales, will help raise money. Kraushofer hopes the event will raise at least $10,000.

Avatar Galleries of King of Prussia, Pa., is conducting the auction. It will set up a preview gallery at the school, with at least 100 matted and framed prints and paintings ready for hanging in one's home. They represent a group of widely acclaimed artists, including Andrew Wyeth, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Peter Max and LeRoy Neiman.

Many living artists will have work in the auction, in the form of signed, numbered prints. Rick Loudermilk of Texas etches highly detailed, hand-colored copperplates of flowers in vases. Thomas McKnight is a printmaker of colorful rural snow scenes. Howard Behrens, who graduated from the University of Maryland and lives in Florida, paints coastal scenes from the tropics. The artists are represented by Avatar Galleries.

The artists and their works can be reviewed at

The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 with a preview - a chance to mingle with friends and view the art. The booster club will serve chips, vegetables with dip, desserts, tea and coffee. The auction will include door prizes.

The auctioneer will give the background of each painting and bids will start between $50 and $150, Kraushofer said. "One nice thing is you can ask for a painting to be put in line early, so you can bid and leave the event if you need to. But there's no need to buy. Just come and enjoy the fun."

The event is limited to 600 people. Tickets are $10 or $15 per couple. Tickets are available from students in sports programs or Kraushofer. Unsold tickets will be available at the door.

Brochure advertisers should mail payment and camera-ready art by Sept. 25 to Kraushofer at 2525 Northwoods Trail, Hampstead. A full page costs $100, half-page $75, quarter-page $50, and business card $25.

"Usually, our fund-raisers have been strombolis, pizza drives and basket bingos. I wanted a different idea," Kraushofer said.

"It's not cheap to maintain a sports team and all the equipment. In football, helmets crack, jerseys are torn. We have travel expenses for away games. We're always raising funds, and it all stays at the high school," Kraushofer said.

Information: 410-239-4142.

Blanket bee next month

The Project Linus service club at North Carroll High School will sponsor a blanket bee for making and collecting handmade blankets and quilts. The daylong event will take place in the cafeteria Oct. 26, which is National Make a Difference Day. The school is at 1400 Panther Drive, off Route 482 in Hampstead.

Last year's successful bee was recognized by the Maryland Student Service Alliance in June, and the service club received $200 toward this year's projects.

Donations of door prizes, raffle items or cash for supplies are welcome from individuals or groups.

Information: Judy Walter, 410-751-3450.

Small-town mystery

A reader is trying to solve a mystery. Mary Landon of Hampstead discovered a single gravestone at a site behind the former Pentecostal Church off Route 30 in Hampstead, opposite Hampstead Performance auto parts.

She's one of a trio that takes a three-mile walk every Sunday. The group includes Janet Hansen and Joyce Fannon.

The women have trimmed grass around the stone and scrubbed lichen from it to reveal the inscription, which reads: "Our Father, Fields, John W., born Jan. 19, 1876, died June 11, 1947."

"Every Sunday, we stop to see Mr. Fields," Landon said. "It's my religious tradition to place a little stone on his grave place, so if the family comes by they'll know we have visited."

As the tiny remembrance stones collect, if anyone remembers this man, call me.

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