Monarchs by Moonlight Live & Silent Auction

September 13, 2014 

Montana Vacation Rental & Yellowstone Guided Tour

Elk at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Three nights stay for up to 8 guests at West of West, located just outside of Yellowstone National Park. Four bedrooms, three baths home is tucked on a hillside with forest service hiking trails right outside your door.

To greatly enrich your Yellowstone experience, this package also includes a full day private tour for your whole group of Yellowstone’s wildlife, and geothermal features with one of the highly experienced naturalists of Greater Yellowstone Guides. The tour is completely customized to your interests, and includes use of a spotting scope and binoculars, and a wonderful picnic lunch along the way.

Donated by Mountain Home – Montana Vacation Rentals 

Donated by Greater Yellowstone Guides

Dates are for May 2015 or October 2015. To lengthen your stay, additional nights at West of West can be added depending on dates. 

Van Dusen Painting

painting by Barry Van Dusen

Unframed Watercolor by Barry Van Dusen entitled Yellow-Rump in Autumn Maple, Artwork measures 10" x 13"

Barry Van Dusen is an internationally renowned wildlife artist living in central Massachusetts. His articles and paintings have been featured in Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birding, and Yankee magazines and he has illustrated a variety of natural history books and pocket guides in association with Mass Audubon. A full member of London’s Society of Wildlife Artists, Barry’s work has been exhibited in many galleries in the U.S. and Europe, and is highly collectable.

This piece is signed, matted and ready for framing. Donated by Artist Barry Van Dusen

Your Adventure with Chris Awaits! Private Naturalist Walk with Chris Leahy

Chris Leahy

Walk on the Wild Side with Chris Leahy, Mass Audubon’s Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology.

Invite up to ten people on a private guided walk with Chris Leahy, naturalist extraordinaire! A professional conservationist for more than 30 years, and a recognized authority on birds and insects, Chris is a highly sought after speaker and natural history tour leader due to his broad expertise and his extremely engaging communication style. Grab this unusual chance to explore nature with Chris Leahy as your private guide and be educated an entertained beyond your wildest expectations. The date and location of this item is to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the winner and your guide, Chris Leahy. 

Donated by Chris Leahy

Private Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

Mill River Winery

Treat 10 friends to a fabulous wine tasting and vineyard tour of Rowley’s own Mill River Winery. Please join Mill River Winery owners Donna Martin and Rick Rousseau in a private wine tasting party in their historic post and beam winery. Enjoy and learn about their extensive selection of wines, accompanied by an assortment of fine cheeses, then tour their facility and vineyard.

Enjoy a bottle of their Plum Island Red to get you in the mood!

Donated by Mill River Winery

Art & Nature

April Willow painting

This package includes:

  • A private “Behind the Scenes” tour at Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art for up to 6 people with Director Amy Montague. This museum is a professional art museum located on a 121-acre wildlife sanctuary in Canton, MA.
  • Enjoy this Hard-Cover copy of the book, America’s Other Audubon, which tells the story of the rarest of American ornithological books.
  • Be a part of this unique art program taught by Botanical Illustrator and Author, Doreen Bolnick entitled Painting & Colored Pencil on Tinted Paper. This unique class will be held on November 15th from 9-noon. Students will be provided with a set of pre-drawn exercises on tinted paper.
  • 22x29 Matted & Framed April Willow Print, signed & numbered by Canadian wildlife artist Michael Dumas  (value $310).

Donated by Mass Audubon, Ipswich River & Jennifer Black 

Lenox Porcelain Bird Collection

porcelain mourning dove

Count: 67 - Highly collectable porcelain bird collection (see itemized listing) from the Lenox, the ceramic art company founded in 1889. Lenox porcelain has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution and can now be displayed in your home!

Donated by a Friend of Ipswich River

Itemized Listing

White Mountain Package

white mountain waterfall

This package includes:

  • REI XR Series Full Size Binoculars 8 x 42 with Case
  • REI Journey Pack
  • Rite in the Rain All Weather Notebook Kit
  • Waterfalls of the White Mountains, 30 Hikes to 1000 Waterfalls signed book by authors; Bruce, Doreen & Daniel Bolnick PLUS White Mountain Guided Walking Tour with Bruce and Doreen.

Donated by REI & Doreen & Bruce Bolnick

Dinner and a Show

sign for the musical Chicago

This package includes:

  • Two tickets to North Shore Music Theatre’s production of Chicago - Murder, greed, corruption and treachery set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920’s. Tickets are valid for either Sept 23 or Sept 24. Performance time is 7:30 pm.
  • Enjoy Florentine flavors off menu, or just stop in for a pre-show cocktail using your gift certificate for Beverly’s Tuscan Restaurant Chianti.
  • Bottle of aged Chianti

Donated by North Shore Music Theatre, Chianti Restaurant & Sue Ann Pearson

Birds of a Feather


This package includes:

  • Two hand-crafted driftwood birdhouses by driftwood artist, Richard Graziose
  • 2 Bags of quality birdseed from Bird Watchers Supply & Gift in Newburyport
  • Birdfeeder Gift Package from Essex County Coop of Topsfield
  • An endearing hand-felted Indigo Bunting by felting artist, Marjorie Talacko

Donated by Richard Graziose, Bird Watchers Supply & Gift, Essex County Coop & Marjorie Talacko

Roscoe Blaisdell Bowl

Roscoe Blaisdell Bowl

This hand-made one of a kind bowl is crafted from yellow birch burl that has been under water for 50 years. This bowl is a creation by wood artist, Roscoe Blaisdell from Raymond, New Hampshire.  Blaisdell is a land surveyor who creates wooden bowls from fallen trees on his property.

Donated by Wood Artist, Roscoe Blaisdell

Salem Get-Away

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina pool

This package includes:

  • Peabody Essex Museum - Take in this one hour private tour at North Shore’s world-class museum with exhibits including Branching Out, an exhibit exploring the often surprising ways in which contemporary artists use trees as an inspiration, and the Calder and Abstraction Exhibit: From Avant-Garde to Iconic withDocent Laurie Hark.
  • Then enjoy your gift certificate for lunch on the harbor at Salem’s famous FINZ Restaurant on Pickering Wharf.
  • Take in some sightseeing aboard the Salem Trolley where you can enjoy learning more about the history of Salem while enjoying some sweets from Turtle Alley Chocolates.
  • Complete your Salem day with an overnight stay at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Marina on historic Pickering Wharf.

Donated by FINZ Restaurant, Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina, Salem Trolley, Turtle Alley Chocolates & Laurie Hark

David A. Sibley Watercolor

David Allen Sibley, Blue Jay painting

Blue Jay, measures 7 1/2" x 10"

David A Sibley’s art is a highly sought after as a world-class bird illustrator. Awarded the Roger Tory Peterson Award from the American Birding Association for Lifetime Achievement in promoting the cause of birding, he was also awarded the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal.

Sibley lives in Concord, MA and has many publications in which he has written or illustrated including; The Birds of Cape May; Sibley’s Birding Basics; The Sibley Guide to Birds; The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior; The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America; The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America; Hawks in Flight; The Sibley Guide to Trees; Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds.

Donated by David A Sibley

Amazon Riverboat Cruise

Rainforest birds

Thanks to the generosity of International Expeditions, our auction will include a 10-day trip-for-2 to the Amazon Rainforests of Peru on the fabulous La Estrella riverboat!

Newly built, this riverboat provides spacious cabins, excellent food, and an open-air upper deck for great wildlife viewing by day and stargazing by night. The Amazon River and the surrounding area host the highest diversity of wildlife anywhere in the world. As we explore, we may see birds such as Macaws and Russet-backed Oropendolas flying overhead, Hoatzins, Toucans and Horned Screamers; fascinating plants and butterflies including the iridescent Blue Morpho; and, mammals including sloth, capybara, pink river dolphin, and several primate species. The local crew will even take us on a remote village visit within the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve.

Our nature travel outfitter, International Expeditions, shares our commitment to local communities and sustainable practices. International Expeditions offers a fantastic experience to Machu Picchu if you wish to extend your trip (not included in the auction package). 

Donated by International Expeditions

Bean Town Blow-Out!

Hotel Commonwealth

A 2015 Season Red Sox Game, Overnight in Boston & Super time on the Super Duck Tour. Enjoy the quintessential Boston Experience!

This package includes:

  • Red Sox Tickets – Wicked awesome seats - left field loge box seats – Section 29, Box B-157, Row FF, Seats 1 & 2. For the game, choices will be available after April 2015.
  • Overnight in Boston for two at the Hotel Commonwealth - Luxury in the Back Bay – Ranked #1 Hotel in Boston by TripAdvisor – Hotel Commonwealth is a relaxing and elegant oasis for an urban adventure.
  • 90 Minute Super Duck Tour of Boston’s Waterfront and Harbor.

Donated by Kim & Peter LoGrasso, Diane & Rick Salmonsen & Bob Leikauskas of Super Duck Tours of Boston

4 Pieces of Pottery

Pottery by Joanne Valeriani

By ceramic artist and member of Mudflat Pottery, Joanne Valeriani

Donated by Ceramist, Joanne Valeriani

Miranda Updike Painting - Nasturtium VIII, 2013

Nasturtiums, painting by Miranda Updike
Nasturtiums, painting by Miranda Updike

Oil on wood, measures 7 1/2” x 9”

Miranda Updike has a long legacy of artistic influences, and was exposed to creative artists all of her life. Growing up as a daughter of a famous writer and respected painter and receiving her BFA from Mass College of Art, Miranda’s work is on exhibit in many galleries and is highly collectible.

Artist Donna Baldassari Painting - Harmony

Painting by Donna Baldassari

Oil on Paper/On Canvas, measures 18" x 18"

Montserrat College of Art graduate, Baldassari is shown in several galleries including the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown & Mount Dora, FL and Chameleon Gallery in Newburyport and is considered highly collectable.

Donated by the Artist

Keeping Company - by artist Mary Pollak

Keeping Company, painting by Mary Pollak

Monotype, Measures 23" x 23"

As a former art educator and avid traveler, Mary constantly collects materials, records images, and experiments with diverse media. She has chosen printmaking, specifically monotypes as her focus, using a Takach etching press, dampened rag paper, and various found materials. The plate used can be repainted and pressed several times, often with other media and objects brought into the process before the work is done.

Mary has Indigo Artists Studio in Newburyport, and shows her work at several local galleries as well.

Nesting Season - by artist Michael Milczarek

Nesting Season, painting by Micheal Milczarek

Oil on Canvas, Measures 9" x 12"

As an artist, Milczarek feels the landscape painting should take you someplace. The artist has been there and saw something to share. “I really enjoy painting the scene that we pass everyday on our way through our daily routines”. Michael is a member of Marblehead Art Association, Newburyport Art Association and Concord Art Association. He has exhibited at Old Towne Hall, Salem, Alfalfa Winery’s Oktoberfest, Danvers Art Association, Marion Court College, Peabody International Festival and Topsfield Historical Society and is a partner of Saltbox Gallery of Topsfield.

Lily Pond at Long Hill, Beverly - by artist Charlotte Roberts

Lily Pond at Long Hill, Beverly painting by Charlotte Roberts

Gouache, measures 27" x 21"

Charlotte Roberts is a well-respected painter and printmaker who lives and works in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Her gouache and her oil paintings were exhibited in the Manchester Town Hall recently from June-August of this year. Most of her works are painted en plein air or from still-life subjects. Roberts is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art in design and painting. She studied at Mass College of Art, Montserrat of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a member of the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association. This past June, she was awarded the Herbert A Murphy Award for outstanding landscape in watercolor.

Donated by the Artist

Arcs, Ipswich Great Marsh by Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

Arcs, Ipswich Marsh © Dorothy Monnelly
Arcs, Ipswich Marsh © Dorothy Monnelly

Photograph, measures 16" x 22"

Dorothy Kerper Monnelly lives near the salt marshes and sand dunes of Ipswich, where she has photographed for over thirty years. Since 2013, Monnelly has been exhibiting with Ansel Adams and Ernest H. Brooks in "Fragile Waters", a show of black and white photography, which was conceived in response to the BP oil spill. The show will be exhibited in several museums throughout 2015. 

Autumn-Cedar Pond by Ed Monnelly

Autumn Cedar Pond © Ed Monnelly
Autumn Cedar Pond © Ed Monnelly

Photograph, 24" x 30" Framed

Ed Monnelly specializes in large format photography of the local and national scene. His images have been published in national books and calendars and he has exhibited at galleries in Maine, California, and Washington, DC. Since 2000 his work has been featured in The Nature Calendar of Essex County in support of local conservation organizations. His photography may be viewed at

Long Fox by Artist Priscilla Serafin

Long Fox painting by Priscilla Serafin

Oil on Board, measures 12" x 9"

Priscilla Serafin, an oil painter who is inspired by the natural landscape, focuses on the light, water, and coastal marshes surrounding the North Shore. Working in oil, she begins on location to capture the sense of light and then further explores the line between abstraction and representation in her studio.

Serafin earned her BFA from West Virginia University and completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Yale University. As an Artist-in-Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, she has recently studied with Wolf Kahn and Suzanne Coffey. Her award-winning work has been featured on Bob Villa, and she has exhibited in many North Shore galleries including Mingo in Beverly, Alpers Fine Arts in Andover, The Firehouse Gallery in Newburyport, in Ipswich at Lone Piper,Hall-Haskell House, Time & Tide Gallery and MIXt Media Gallery and Montserrat College of Art where she was an assistant professor and department chair for five years. 

Tide Turning, Ipswich River by Artist Nicole Hupin-Otis

Tide Turning, painting by Nicole Hupin Otis

Measures 24" x 12"

Nicole-Hupin Otis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art from Skidmore College. She comes from an extended family of artists and has always been surrounded by original art, including masterworks by Hudson River School landscape painter Alvin Fisher, of who Nicole is a direct descendant. Nicole’s award-winning paintings are held in many private collections throughout the USA and Europe, as well as being selected by Skidmore for its permanent collection. She has exhibited in many galleries on the North Shore and Boston area as well as Paris, France.

Chimanimani Aloe by Artist Doreen Bolnick

Chimanimani Aloe, painting by Doreen Bolnick

Mixed Media, measures 9" x 11" Matted & Framed

Doreen Bolnick began her art career as an illustrator for archeologists and anthropologists at the National Museum of Kenya and the British Institute in East Africa. Her first published illustrations appeared in L.S.B. Leakey’s Southern Kikuyu Before 1903. She also illustrated for the National Museum in Jakarta, Indonesia. She began nature journaling in Kenya while on a safari in 1990 and over the next ten years, she wrote and illustrated A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers of Zambia and illustrated and co-authored Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique.  She is co-author of Waterfalls of the White Mountains, in print since 1990, and principal author of a trail guide for Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda.

When not living abroad she was a professional reference librarian. More recently she was a core instructor for the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration in Wheaton, MD, and has taught nature-journaling workshops for several organizations. 

Doreen and her husband returned to Africa to live in Zimbabwe from 2011-2013. They moved to Topsfield, MA in November 2013. The aloe featured in this botanical portrait is from Chimanimani National Park, a game park in southeastern Zimbabwe.

Marietta by Artist Helen Tory

Marietta, monotype with pastel by Helen Tory

Monotype with Pastel, measures 17 ½" x 23 ½"

Born in Lincolnshire, England, Tory moved to New York in 1980 where she studied drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design and the Nassau County Museum School. She then turned to printmaking, studying at the Huntington Art League with Donn Steward and Craig Zamiello, master printmakers of Universal Limited Arts Edition. She is the Co-Founder of the Essex Art Center in Lawrence.

Helen works mostly in monotypes, a free, spontaneous type of printmaking. Instead of using canvas or paper to paint on, she paints on metal plates, using brush, rag, brayers (rollers) to apply the inks with a variety of non-abrasive tools, to create a piece which she then puts through her press, transferring the image to paper where the result s are reversed. Unexpected things happen in the press, where oil based inks push the water in the pre-soaked paper, the hard metal leaves a plate mark in the soft absorbent paper. Helen often plays with pastels on the surface, later when the piece has slept between blotters and boards for a few days. Her work is exhibited both locally and nationally.

Donated by Artist

Monarch Chrysalis by Artist Ingrid Johnson

Monarch Chrysalis, painting by Ingrid Johnson

Oil, measures 26.5" x 19"

Ingrid Johnson is an artist who lives in Ipswich surrounded by the natural beauty that inspires her work. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and received a Master of Fine Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries on the North Shore and Boston & Cambridge area including the River Gallery which she helped found in Ipswich, Mongo Gallery in Beverly, The Firehouse in Newburyport, the Gallery Della Piana in Wenham and the Crane Estate Art Show at Castle Hill in Ipswich. She was awarded an Outstanding Work and People’s Choice Awards at the Marblehead Arts Festival and First Place several times at the Ipswich Annual Art Show.

The Commodore by Sculptor Brad Story

The Commodore, by Brad Story

Measure 52" x 32" x 15"

Sculptor Brad Story is a native of Essex and lives on the Essex River estuary. He grew up around the family shipyard, sailing, biking, and walking near the salt marsh.  He has always been fascinated with flight and winged things and has been modeling and sculpting all his life.

Hissculpture explores flight and form, each piece reflecting a slightly different perception of the boundaries between nature and technology.  He integrates various avian, insect, plant, maritime and aircraft elements and spirits, delighting in the new aerodynamic or hydrodynamic forms. He uses materials and techniques from his 30-year career as a boat builder and model maker: molded and carved wood, molded fiberglass, hand-worked metals, and various paints and finishes. 

The Commodore, is, like many Story pieces, a dream-like combination of seabird, seaplane, and sailing vessel. It is made of carved wood, molded fiberglass, various sorts of line, and acrylic artist's paints. It is protected with clear spray finishes. It comes ready to hang, but the artist would be happy to adjust the hanging bridle as needed, so the piece works in your space. 

Donated  by Artist

Pair of Birch Mugs by Artist Melynn Allen

pair of birch mugs by Melynn Allen

Melynn Allen of Ipswich has been a graphic designer, a technical illustrator, and a painter for over twenty years, but years ago was captivated by clay and now devotes most of her time to that medium. “Clay is an art form that combines everything I love: the relationship between form and function, design, fine craftsmanship, color and texture. She is also drawn to the Zen-like experience of centering clay on the wheel, and the exciting “surprise factor” of opening a kiln after firing. Her ceramic pieces combine sensitivity, beauty, and usefulness.

Donated by the Artist

Latitudes #35 by Artist Cathie Boucher

Latitudes 35 by Cathie Boucher

Acrylic on Canvas, 24" x 48"

Cathie Boucher has been a fixture in the North Shore painting scene for decades, running the respected Ashwell Gallery in Beverly for years, and later, another at her home in Newbury. She is a prolific painter with a diverse range of subjects, from landscapes to abstract geometric forms, from birds and pears to Plum Island shacks and religious icons. Her works all show her interest in textures and shimmering colors.

Assorted Ceramics by Janice Holt

mug and bowl by Janice Holt

Janice Holt, a ceramic artist, lives in Manchester by the Sea and has donated this lovely grouping of bowls mugs and teapot which will be part of our Wildlife and Whimsy Package. Janice is a well-known artist who chooses the natural world as her inspiration, including tiles, teapots, mugs, bowls and her extensive collection of Christmas Ornaments.

Donated by Artist

Great Horned Owl by Artist Sandy McDermott

Great Horned Owl watercolor by Sandy McDermott

Watercolor, Matted & Framed, measures 11" x 14"

Sandy McDermott, a native of maritime Canada, was raised in New England where she received a BA in Art. She went on to receive a Graduate Certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is the illustrator of several books, numerous t-shirt designs, logos, trail signs, brochures, murals and magazine articles. Sandy has been teaching and sharing her passion for drawing the natural world since 1998 and has been a freelance Natural Science Illustrator since 1992. Her first children’s book is due out Fall, 2014.

She now lives in the coastal New Hampshire area with her husband Sean, daughter Kelsey, and a dog named Oreo. Her work can be viewed on her website

Donated by Artist

Travelling Vineyards Collection of International Wines

wine glasses

Fruity or spicy - bubbly or balanced - full body or medium. Whatever you have in mind, the Traveling Vineyard collection has something to tickle your taste buds. Donated by the team at Ipswich’s Travelling Vineyards, this collection of 24 unique wines from all over the globe will be sure to enhance your own collection and allow you the opportunity to sample some new vineyards!

Donated by Travelling Vineyards

Cape Ann Textile & Art Tour

Spindler Antiques

You will cherish this hand blocked textile entitled “Folly Cove” donated by Andrew Spindler Antiques of Essex. This is an original Folly Cove Designers Hand Blocked Textile in the New England Flower Pattern, in Ochre on Cream Colored Cotton that was designed by Louise Kenyon, circa 1943. It has been invisibly sewn on linen with UV resistant glass in new museum quality framing. Folly Cove Designers are featured at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester.

This package also includes two tickets to the newly renovated Cape Ann Museum which holds the single largest collection of artwork by Gloucester native, Fitz Henry Lane, one of America’s most significant 19th century artists. Also included are two tickets to Beauport on Gloucester’s Eastern Point.

This National Historic Landmark embodies the sensibility of Henry Davis Sleeper, one of the country’s earliest professional decorators who built the mansion in stages between 1907 until his death in 1943.

Donated by Andrew Spindler Antiques, Tony & Marge Giannelli and Historic New England

Essex Ship Yard by Artist Charles Shurcliff

Essex shipyard watercolor by Charles Shurcliff

Watercolor on Paper, measures 24" x 48"

Charles Shurcliff, an Ipswich native, is a much sought-after plein air painter whose subjects are the marshes, beaches, coastlines and lakes that make up his world. His work, primarily watercolors, are painted on the spot, in the open air, “…anywhere there is sunlight…” He was taught to paint at an early age by his grandfather, the renowned artist, Charles Hopkinson, and learned a mastery of capturing light with quick deft strokes of color perfect for that moment in time. Shurcliff’s paintings – and he has added acrylics to his toolbox – have won numerous awards throughout New England. He was a founding member of the River Gallery in Ipswich and also exhibited at MiX’tMedia Gallery in Ipswich.

His work is currently shown at the Rockport Art Association, North Shore Arts Association, and the Concord Art Association where he also leads painting classes.

Nature Photography by Jeff Hulton of South Natick, MA

Gulls © Jeff Hulton
Gulls © Jeff Hulton

2 Photographs – Gulls & Red

The heart and soul of photographers are often seen in the images they capture, and Jeff Hulton’s photographs speak to everyone. Marvel at how he combines his photographic skills with his passion for the outdoors – creating thought provoking and emotionally stirring images to increase the viewer’s awareness of the natural world.

Donated by Photographer Jeff Hulton