Regional art auction Friday at Commons

A selection of original paintings of area historic sites will be auctioned Friday, Nov. 27 as a benefit for the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM).
Silent bidding will commence at 3 p.m.at the Portfolio Café on the second floor of The Commons, Main Street, Margaretville, where the works will be displayed. Art lovers, HSM supporters and visitors are encouraged to place their bids, enjoy light refreshments and listen to the music of harpist Hannah Lamont in the congenial café, recently opened by Marc Levenshus.
Winning bids will be announced at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the reception, which lasts until 6 p.m.
Eight talented area artists, members of the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters, produced 22 interpretations of treasured buildings and hamlets. Participating artists include Alix Travis, Oneida Hammond, Ellen Wong, Marilyn Silver, Rosamond Welchman, Margaret Leveson, Patrice Lorenz, Nancy McShane and Carol Steen.
Paintings depict the distinctive visions of the artists who gathered frequently last spring and summer, as a group and individually, to create fresh artwork in the field. They focused on the communities of New Kingston and Halcottsville, the Old Stone Schoolhouse in Dunraven, the New Kingston Presbyterian Church, the Bedell Church, the Arkville railroad station and trains, the VanBenschoten barn and home in New Kingston, the Bussy Building and the Binnekill stream in Margaretville, and Skene Memorial Library in Fleischmanns.
Note cards of some of the artworks, handsomely collected in gift packages of five cards with envelopes, will be available for purchase.
A revolving exhibit of the paintings to be auctioned can be seen at NBT Bank in Margaretville during regular business hours through November.
Proceeds from this fund-raiser will go towards HSM’s efforts to erect historic markers throughout Middletown.
For more information: 845-586-4973; history@catskill.net.