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6th Charleston Art Auction Sets New Sales Record in Charleston, SC

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The 6th Charleston Art Auction set a new sales record on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Charleston, SC, when enthusiastic bidders, including recognized collectors from the Lowcountry as well as telephone and absentee buyers throughout the United States pushed the total above $700,000.

Phone lines were filled for several lots of contemporary masterworks including Clark Huling’s The Sugar Cane Vendor (estimated $200,000 – $300,000) that brought $218,000, San Miguel (estimated at $70,000 – $90,000) that fetched $88,550 and The Bread Wagon (estimated at $35,000 – $45,000) that hammered down at $51,750; Stephen Scott Young’s The Blues (estimated at $75,000 – $100,000) sold for $86,250 and a very rare portfolio of eighteen gelatin silver prints by Eudora Welty (estimated at $40,000 – $50,000) achieved $44,850.

Two highly prized bronzes by the noted American sculptor, Glenna Goodacre were eagerly sought through heated competition between the telephones and the audience.  A maquette for Carefree (estimated at $5,000 – $7,000) sold for $14,950 in the sale room and a maquette forOlympic Wannabees (estimated at $7,000 – $9,000) hammered down at $13,800 to a Virginia collector.

Hidden by Mary Whyte

Mary Whyte’s Hidden, a sensitive watercolor that places Whyte in the ranks of Andrew Wyeth and Stephen Scott Young, (estimated at $20, 000 – $30,000) sold on the telephone to a Connecticut bidder for $26,450. Whyte’s work was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning and an exhibition of her paintings, Working South, is the subject of a recently released book and exhibition touring five museums in Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

Other leading artists from the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association network (CFADA) included, William Berra, James Calk, John Carroll Doyle, Ted Ellis, Kim English, Russell Gordon, John Austin Hanna, Evan Harrington, Betsy Havens, Earl B. Lewis, Susan Lyon, George Pate, Robert Palevitz, Guido Petruzzi, Joan Potter, Jennifer Smith Rogers, Betty Anglin Smith, Shannon Smith, Rhett Thurman and Karen Larson Turner.

Bid caller for the evening event was Gerald Bowie who kept the audience alert with his quick pace and engaging manner as he, with son Mark and grandson John Mark serving as ringmen, represented three generations of auctioneers from the nationally acclaimed Auction Way Company in Georgia.  “Entertaining and exciting” was how spirited bidders described the sale as they exited the DoubleTree Guest Suites Historic Charleston on Saturday evening.

Attendees also noted a more diversified offering this year and solid bidding for premium works throughout the evening suggested that, despite rumors of a soft economy, the art market in Charleston, South Carolina is alive and healthy. Sale date for 2012 has been set for Saturday, October 20, 2012.

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For further information contact Jack A. Morris, Jr. by calling 843/842-4433 or e-mail to (

6th Charleston Art Auction Takes Place in Charleston, SC – Nov. 5th, 2011

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The 6th Charleston Art Auction will present over one hundred important paintings, sculpture and vintage prints by living and deceased artists who are generally associated with the South at the Double Tree Guest Suites in Historic Charleston at 181 Church Street in Charleston, SC, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 7:15pm.

Jonathan Green, Daughters of the South, lithograph, 24 1/2″ x 23 3/4″

An illustrated catalogue is available for $25.00 and the entire selection of lots can be viewed online at the auction website at ( Arrangements to attend may be made at 843/785-2318 or 843/722-2172 or through the website at ( All works will be available for preview at the hotel from 10am to 7pm, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

Auction principals Jack A. Morris, Jr., J. Ben Whiteside, David G. Leahy, Janie Sylvan and Joe B. Sylvan have over thirty years experience presenting fine art to collectors throughout the Unites States. “Our objective is to offer a showcase for the finest contemporary, representational work being created today” said Whiteside.
Shannon Smith, Shrimping Grounds, oil, 22″ x 28″

Artists presented will include Ken Auster, Bobby Bagley, Gerald Balciar, William Berra, George Botich, Joe Bowler, Scott Burdick, James Calk, Alan Campbell, Elaine Coffee, Guy Coheleach, John Carroll Doyle, Kathleen Dunphy, Ray Ellis, Ted Ellis, Kim English, Glenna Goodacre, Veryl Goodnight, Russell Gordon, Jonathan Green, Walter Greer, Chris G1011chasartauction-shannon-smithroves, Carol Guzmanj, John Austin Hanna, Michael Harrell, Betsy Havens, Evan Harrington, Mandy Johnson, Karin Jurick, Michael B. Karas, Jeff Legg, Earl B. Lewis, Weizhen Liang, Huihan Liu, Susan Lyon, Dan McCaw, Danny McCaw, Dean Mitchell, Joseph Orr, Robert Palevitz, Addison Palmer, Jim Palmer, George Pate, Guido Petruzzi, Joan Potter, Edward Rice, Jennifer Smith Rogers, Marilyn Simandle, Betty Anglin Smith, Shannon Smith, Loran Speck, Linda St. Clair, Rhett Thurman, Michelle Torrez, Karen Larson Turner, Mary Whyte, Scott Yeager, Stephen Scott Young and Alex Zapata.

Mary Whyte, Hidden, watercolor, 20″ x 20″

Morris, who is also a principal partner in Scottsdale Art Auction, which set a new record with $15,300,000 in sales on April 1, 2011, is responsible for the expanded offering of important work by deceased Southern masters.

“There is a renaissance of interest among collectors for fine Southern works,” Morris said, “and our sale offers an opportunity for new and experienced buyers to make significant additions to their collections,” pointing to works by William Halsey, Clark Hulings, Alfred Hutty, George Plante, Gigory Stepanyants, George W. Sully, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, William Aiken Walker and Eudora Welty, among others.

William Aiken Walker (1838-1921), Wash Day at the Cabin, oil, 6″ x 12″

Collectors who are unable to attend the sale in person should contact Charleston Art Auction to make arrangements for absentee and telephone bidding prior to 5pm on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Sale results will be posted at ( the week following the sale.

For further information call 843/785-2318, 843/722-2172 or visit (