THEN & NOW: SILENT AUCTION
JULY 2 – AUGUST 5, 2021
Then & Now: 50 Years of Veteran Experiences, on display through August 22nd, demonstrates the healing power of art by showcasing eight individuals who use painting, sculpture, photography, poetry and other creative outlets to work through the trauma and grief they have incurred through their military service.
Alongside the exhibit, the St. Augustine Art Association is hosting a Silent Auction . Now through August 5th, you can bid online or in-person on any of the following pieces. Winners will be announced at First Friday Art Walk on August 6th. All proceeds will go towards the costs–for both the artists and the St. Augustine Art Association–of hosting Then & Now: 50 Years of Veteran Experiences.
Check back frequently on the status of each piece and its current bid.
“OLD SPANISH INN” BY EMMETT FRITZ
This framed oil painting (22″ x 28″) by Emmett Fritz, ca. 1952, depicts Old Spanish Inn on a rainy day in St. Augustine, Florida.
Fritz, a well-known artist within the local art community, served in the Army during World War II. He dove straight into the world of art afterwards, working as a cartoonist and caricaturist, and studying under American illustrator Norman Rockwell. Around 1950, Fritz officially moved to St. Augustine and quickly became integrated with the St. Augustine Art Association and local art scene. He operated in a studio in the Riberia House on St. George Street, and over a forty-five year career, produced thousands of highly-collected paintings. “Old Spanish Inn” is presumably one of his more earlier St. Augustine works.
“HONOR” BY JEROME DOMASK
This framed giclee (24″ x 36″) by Jerome Domask illustrates the ways in which many veterans are still held hostage by their military experiences.
Domask, an Army Veteran and an artist featured in the Then & Now exhibition, has used painting as a form of self-expression to explore and release emotions too difficult to process after his experiences in Vietnam. His works have been featured in numerous national, and local, juried and curated art exhibits in public venues and private collections.
“Honor” is a work dedicated to the heroism, courage and tenacity of Army Major Theodore Gostas, a former prisoner of war for five years (four and a half years spent in solitary confinement).
“GRATITUDE FLAG” BY BARBARA BARNETT
This piece by Barbara Barnett is a bold, patriotic and abstract composition.
After serving in the Medical Corp in Germany during the Vietnam War, Barnett sought refuge and a cathartic relief from trauma by way of art. What first began as figural portraits slowly shifted to an exploration of “abstract architectural” art. Space and geometry could be rendered in abstracted views, and become representational of life’s winding pathways. Barnett’s works have since been exhibited across the country, including in The Endowment for Veterans Art Campaign and the Veteran Arts Institute.
RIFLE, GERMAN MAUSER M98, CAL.7.9MM, SERIAL NO. 333
This rifle was captured from Viet Cong (North Vietnam fighters) found in cosmoline.
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