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New items added! 2018 Annual Benefit Gala Live Auction Preview and Prebid



 ITEM #1
Spend an unforgettable morning getting to know Shaker aficionado Frances McDormand as you accompany her to her favorite New York City Farmers Market.  Ask her about inclusion riders and her Met Gala headpiece, or simply enjoy your time browsing the vegetables by her side; either way you are sure to have a magnificent adventure.
Frances McDormand is an actress whose many achievements include two Academy Awards for Best Actress, a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.  She is a member of the Wooster Group and performed an excerpt from Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation at the 2017 Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon Gala.
This item may be redeemed by one individual on any mutually agreed upon date this fall or in the spring of 2019.
Donor: Frances McDormand
Join incomparable artist Tom Sachs for a private visit to his Manhattan studio and sculpt a ceramic chawan, the Japanese tea bowl, under his direction. Discover how the work of the Shakers has influenced his art and share in his creative exploration into the “culture of making.”  The participant gets to take the chawan home.
Tom Sachs is a contemporary artist who is well-known for elaborate recreations of various modern icons and his sampling of capitalist culture.  In May, Tom appeared in conversation with SM|ML’s Director of Collections and Research, Jerry Grant, during Design Week to discuss the virtue and satisfaction of chores.
This item may be redeemed by one individual on any mutually agreed upon date before August 18, 2019.
Donor: Tom Sachs
 ITEM #3
Experience the ambiance of the most historically significant Shaker site with an intimate dinner in the Forge at Mount Lebanon.  This rare opportunity to spend an evening in the Forge is offered by Jeff Bailey and John Lillis, whose reputations as gracious hosts have been earned over years of hosting events in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
The Forge was built in 1849 as a wood house for the Brick Shop and its original design included rooms for dyeing, bleaching, and soap-making.  In 1879, the south end of the building was converted to a forge that had a small trip-hammer and an ox shoeing frame.  The building was repurposed as a residence in the decades after the Shakers left Mount Lebanon and was acquired by SM|ML in 2004.  The Forge is not regularly open to the public.
Jeff Bailey was the curator of the exhibition Line and Curve: The Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Shear Shaker Collection from Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon with Prints by Ellsworth Kelly, which was on view last spring at his gallery in Hudson. It has since traveled to the New Britain Museum of American Art.  Jeff has served as a Trustee of SM|ML since 2011.
John Lillis is a retired partner of counsel of White & Case LLP.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of Le Moyne College, and is Chair of the Voting Committee for Indivisible Chatham, NY.  He has been cooking since the age of 13.
This item may be redeemed for a party of eight and may be used on any mutually agreed upon date in the fall of 2018.
Donor: Jeff Bailey and John Lillis



Join Shaker Museum’s Chair Emeritus, Jeff Daly, and Chesterwood’s Executive Director, Donna Hassler, for a private guided tour of the new Collections Study Gallery and highlights of the current outdoor exhibition Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood: 40 YRS.  Following your tour, join Jeff for a special lunch to conclude your visit to Stockbridge.
Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of the Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial.
Jeff Daly is the retired Head of Design of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This item may be redeemed for a party of up to four people and may be used on any mutually agreed upon date before October 8, 2018.
Donor: Jeff Daly and Chesterwood

Framed Shaker Photographs



Take home these two signed carbon ink jet images from A Place in Time, a series documenting Shaker life at Sabbathday Lake.  The photographer, Stephen G. Williams, is the youngest son of Shaker Museum founder John S. Williams. He lived at the Sabbathday Lake, Maine community for a time in the 1970’s.  While there, he captured the everyday beauty of Shaker life. "My goal was to offer the viewer a feeling of harmony and grace.”  “Bedroom Window” and “Hands” are two framed artist proofs from this very special collection.

Stephen G. Williams is a Founding Director of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, a graduate of the William Allen School of Journalism and Temple University graduate program in Psychology, and founded The Photography Place in Philadelphia. A Place in Time: The Shakers at Sabbathday Lake, Maine is his second book documenting Shaker experience.  That volume contains images taken in 1972 as well as new images from 2006.  Stephen’s work has been collected by the Michener Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Spencer Art Museum.

“Bedroom Window” – Main Dwelling House, Sabbathday Lake, Maine, 2006.  Framed 28”x 28”

Artist’s Proof #1 – Signed

“Hands” – Sister Elsie, Main Dwelling House, Sabbathday Lake, Maine, 1972. Framed 25.5” x 25.5”

Artist’s Proof #1 – Signed

Donor: Stephen G. Williams




Four Yankees vs Red Sox Champions Suite Tickets for Thursday, September 20, 2018


Head out to Yankee Stadium on Thursday, September 20, 2018 for a spectacular evening sitting in the Champions Suite. These four front-row seats in Section 12 will put you next to the ball boy between first and right field when the Yankees and Red Sox take the field at 7:05 p.m., but you will want to arrive early to take advantage of the included parking passes and the Ketel One Bar with free food and soft-drinks. 

With 18 division titles, 40 American League pennants, and 27 World Series championships, the New York Yankees truly are an American phenomenon.  The Boston Red Sox have won 8 World Series championships and are currently in first place in the American League East division.

Donor: Vernon Evenson and EvensonBest – experts in guiding leaders to make confident, intelligent office furniture decisions.


Replica Shaker Table from the Collection of Marion B. Stroud



Fall in love with this special trestle table from the extensive collection of Marion B. Stroud.  10 feet long, 35.5 inches wide, and 28 inches tall, this warm dark walnut table is modeled on a Shaker form that was developed at Mount Lebanon and adopted at all of the Shaker communities.  While the medieval trestle dining table had featured a floor-level horizontal stretcher, the residents of Mount Lebanon raised the horizontal stretcher, providing stability and allowing additional leg-room to accommodate more diners.  This replica features three trestles and is a lovely example of the Shakers’ modified design.

Marion Boulton Stroud, “Kippy,” was the founder and director of The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia as well as an international artistic think tank called the Acadia Summer Arts Program, “Kamp Kippy,” on Mount Desert Island Maine. 

Willis Henry Auctions, Inc. is a Massachusetts based auctioneer of antiques and fine art that has been conducting sales in a wide variety of categories for over forty-five years. 


Donor: The Estate of Marion B. Stroud and Willis Henry Auctions




*Minimum bids will be updated the evening of the event.
**Should you wish to have a museum staff person bid on your behalf at the event, you may request so on this form or by contacting Shawna Fitzsimmons, Director of Operations, at 518-794-9100 x220.
***By submitting this prebid online, or by requesting a museum representative to bid on your behalf, you enter into a contract with Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon whereby, if found to be the winning bidder, you agree to pay the full bid amount within seven days of receiving an emailed invoice.
*****The option to prebid closes Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 11:59pm. The highest prebid will become the minimum bid the night of the auction on August 18, 2018. If your prebid is the winning bid, we will contact you via email the following week.