Archive for September, 2010
Halloween has long been my favorite holiday. As a kid, my brother and I created haunted houses with our neighbors, weird “goo” for kids to have to stick their hands in that we called brains. Scary costumes and creepy music and the day/night were complete.
As an adult, I guess I never grew out of wanting to create creepy scenes, and come up with a “to die for” costume. Some of my favorite outfits were Bride of Frankenstein, complete with a early 1900’s wedding dress and veil. Mommy Dearest with a great 50’s outfit, bob black wig, and martini glass and wire hangers to carry. I went to an event as Christina Applegate one year when she was on Married with Children. (My friend went as her mother on the show, we were quite the hit!)
One thing I never collected, though always wanted to, was vintage Halloween items. Papier-mache pumpkins, black cat noisemakers, old costumes… I will admit I have bought numerous vintage Halloween postcards over the years, mounted them on to black stock cards and sent them to good friends.
Apparently I am not the only kid trapped in an adult’s body with a passion for Halloween. The folks at Dan Morphy’s Auctions (www.morphyauctions.com) shook the trees and managed to find hundreds of enthusiasts who were willing to plunk down serious money for a Halloween “treat”.
The sale consisted of 887 lots, (Halloween AND Christmas items), and brought $370,000. There were 100 people in attendance, 150+ on the phone and over 400 on the Internet vying for the holiday goodies.
One of the top lots was a German veggie man, complete with radish arms, and a watermelon head. As a bonus it also had eyes that moved from side to side. It was thought to be a store display. It had a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-20,000 and brought $19,550.
And what sale would be complete without one of those papier-mache lanterns I have always wanted. They had a 7.5 inches tall one with a comical grin that was estimated at $2,500 – $3,500. It sold for $10,350.
It’s safe to say this week when I attend Round Top, I’ll be on the hunt for some unique Halloween items to help decorate my home this year. Knowing there are reproductions of these items, I hope to not be “tricked”.
Strikingly original with their manipulated bas-relief shapes enhanced with painted and razored numbers, letters, tactile Braille dots and whatever else strikes the artist’s fancy, Sunday’s works ordinarily are available through only two sources: her permanent installation at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York; or the Scape Gallery in Newport Beach, California. But on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, a third venue will be added to the list for one night only when Sunday’s 30 by 50-inch work titled Spot II/Isolation is offered in a live auction to benefit Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR) of Chester Springs (suburban Philadelphia), Pa. Absentee bids are being accepted.
After seeing a special episode of Oprah that profiled Main Line and made her aware of the organization’s mission of rescuing and re-homing abused, unwanted and abandoned animals, especially victims of southeastern Pennsylvania’s infamous puppy mills, Sunday contacted the shelter to ask how she could help.
“Living in New York, it was really too long a drive roundtrip for me to become involved as a hands-on volunteer on weekends, so I started thinking about what else I could do to make a difference. I asked if I could donate a piece of artwork,” Sunday said. Needless to say, the shelter’s management was overwhelmed with the generosity of Sunday’s offer. Sunday took it one step further, pledging to donate an artwork to MLAR every year for the rest of her life.
“It was very important for me to help this shelter,” Sunday said. “I learned about the horror of puppy mills the hard way. I had bought a dog from a pet store, and it died five days later. I was fighting with the pet store to return my money, and I had $600 in vet bills. Worst of all, I no longer had my dog. Now I have three of the most beautiful dogs, two of which are rescues. One is a rare German breed – a Biewer Yorkie. Most people don’t realize that, if a purebred dog is what they have their heart set on, they are often available from rescues.”
At the time Sunday made contact with MLAR, their volunteer staff was in the process of planning a major fundraising event known as the Wag ’n Train, an outdoor party that includes both live and silent auction components. Sunday chose the artwork she wanted to donate – a creation that had taken her six months to complete – loaded it into her car and personally transported it to the Chester Springs shelter.
Because the artwork is such an extraordinary – and valuable – auction item, Main Line Animal Rescue is opening the bidding to anyone who wishes to call or e-mail an absentee bid. All left bids will be handled confidentially and lodged competitively during the auction by the event’s auctioneer, Courtney Booth, of Sotheby’s New York.
Meet Carrie Sunday and bid in person on her artwork at the Main Line Animal Rescue Wag ’n Train party and auction, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at Pickering Meade Farm, site of Main Line Animal Rescue, Chester Springs, Pa., from 5 p.m. onward. Tickets may be purchased online at www.mlar.org. Click on “Register for Events.”
To place an absentee bid on Carrie Sunday’s artwork titled Spot II/Isolation, valued at $9,500, call 610-933-1164 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Absentee bids will be accepted till 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.
Note: If the winning bidder cannot pick up artwork, they must make their own arrangements to have it crated and shipped.
Visit Main Line Animal Rescue online at www.mlar.org.
About Carrie Sunday:
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Carrie Sunday attended Indiana University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in history and theater. She was working on her master’s degree in forensic psychology when she discovered her aptitude for art.
“I had always been good with my hands and had created birthday cards made from sample paint chips. I wanted to expand the idea to a larger format, but the paint chips were exorbitantly expensive,” Sunday said.
“I had become friends with the owner of Duha Group, which produces paint samples of various types,” Sunday continued. “When I learned that they had nine tons of paint chips that were going to be discarded because the colors were discontinued, I asked if I could have them. I told my friend I would gladly pay the shipping cost if they would let me have the chips.”
It turned out to be a win/win arrangement, Sunday said. “They were thrilled to save on the landfill costs they would have paid, and I received a huge supply of paint chips while at the same time doing something good for the environment.”
Inspired by Piet Mondrian and other abstract innovators of the Modernism movement, Sunday introduced her new art medium to almost instant acclaim. “I was so lucky. My art was very quickly accepted. To be able to sell my artworks at Saks Fifth Avenue and at the Scape Gallery in Newport Beach (Calif.) was more than I ever could have dreamed of.”
Sunday’s commissions have included projects for corporations and residences in Geneva, Naples, Fla.; and Greenwich, Conn.; as well as Manhattan and other locations. Currently Sunday is working on art to be installed in a home being built in Princeton, New Jersey.
Sunday’s art also caught the eye of executives from the French vintners Champagne Ruinart, who selected her as one of their 10 artists of the year. The distinction comes with corporate sponsorship of a show exclusively featuring Sunday’s work – complete with 40 magnums of Ruinart bubbly – and the opportunity to create a unique interpretation of their champagne bottle.
Carrie Sunday will show her work at Art Basel, Dec. 2-5, 2010, at The Betsy (hotel) in South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida.
Contact Carrie Sunday by calling 917-992-7568 or e-mailing email@example.com.