Auctioneer Press Release Attleboro Arts Museum

Attleboro Arts Museum 29th Benefit Art Auction

Oct 14,2020 | 12:00 EDT By Attleboro Arts Museum

Attleboro, MA – The Attleboro Arts Museum’s annual Benefit Art Auction is one of the Museum’s largest fundraising events of the year. All proceeds from the Auction support the Museum’s community arts programs, exhibitions, operations, and Museum School art classes for all ages. 2020 marks the event’s 29th consecutive year, and although inevitable changes have been put in place to accommodate current health and safety mandates, the mission and strong appeal of the Auction remains firmly in place.

Lot 106, Gwendolyn Lanier, Conforto nel Buio, Charcoal

221 donations of original art as well as specialty items will be on the block with bids starting at approximately 40% of the value of each item. These pieces were given to the Museum by artists, collectors and businesses. Organizers report that this year’s quantity of donations is the second highest on record with highlights ranging from a dynamic oil painting of Wickford (RI) Marina to hand-painted animation cels from Walt Disney Studios. All donated pieces will continue to be part of an in-gallery Preview Exhibition offering potential bidders a chance to see and familiarize themselves with each item. The Preview Exhibition launches in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery at 10am, EST on Tuesday, October 6th and runs through November 6th at 3pm, EST.

At the same time, the Auction can be viewed online through the Museum’s new Benefit Art Auction platform – Bidsquare. Bidsquare has worked with over 100 top-tier auction houses and antique dealers to promote and sell original art through their virtual bidding site. Since this is a new platform for the Museum this year, all those interested in bidding will need to register for both the Museum’s live and timed auction formats, even if they have participated in past online Museum auctions. All bids must be placed online this year.

Lot 338, Clare Asch, Flowers Towards Evening Oil 

The Auction’s customary, ticketed, in-gallery event will convert to two virtual bidding sessions with “free admission.” Guest auctioneer Chris Barber of Skinner, Inc. returns to conduct a livestream of 30 of the 221 auction lots on Friday, November 6th at 7pm , EST. One “timed” auction (formerly known as the “silent” auction) will close beginning at 12pm on Saturday, November 7.


  • Register on Bidsquare for the Attleboro Arts Museum’s live and timed auctions by visiting

    on Tuesday, October 6th at 10am EST

  • View all lots on Bidsquare and/or in-person in the Museum’s gallery at 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 (Tuesday –

    Saturday, 10am – 5pm, EST). Free and open to all.

  • Place bids online starting Tuesday, October 6th at 10am, EST

  • Watch and bid during the livestream auction of 30 items on Friday, November 6th at 7pm, EST

  • Place final bids on all other lots starting Saturday, November 7th at 12pm, EST

Visit to purchase tickets for the Auction’s extraordinary raffle items!


The Attleboro Arts Museum involves audiences of all ages and backgrounds in the visual arts through diverse educational programs and engaging arts experiences. We work to support the creative and artistic development of both promising and professional artists. The Museum is a privately supported, non-profit arts institution whose core commitment to Arts for Everyone guides the Museum's programs and operations.

By Attleboro Arts Museum