September 7, 2018

Thank you for supporting this auction!

It looks like we reached $4,475 in sales as of Sept. 22! 

The preferred method of payment is through cheque to the North Bay Alzheimer Society. Other arrangement can be made with me. Drop off and pick up of items can be coordinated this weekend (I am delivering several pieces to Sudbury today as my family were big buyers). For North Bay, I am free most of Monday, Sept. 24 and can meet or drop off.  I'm out of town next week starting Tuesday and can make other arrangements beginning Monday, Oct. 1. See my contact info below.

Previous introduction message:

Welcome to the online art auction portion of the Look, Listen and Laugh (Because Dementia Sucks) fundraiser to increase the respite care service hours available through the North Bay Alzheimer Society.

New donations of art and services will continue to be added until Sept. 13 with the auction closing Sept. 21. Most of the artwork can be viewed at the sold-out music, art and stand-up comedy show at The Grande Event Centre Sept. 14. Traditional paper bidding will take place there.

Bids are being accepted via email or text to event organizer and website owner Dave Dale. Please include your name and contact information. High bids will be updated in this post at least once daily.

Email: [email protected] 

Text: 705-498-2050

Questions about items are welcome. Artists are invited to suggest changes to the descriptions and lower the reserved bid at any time during the auction.

Item #1 - David Carlin, glass-framed painting

Description: Ever evolving in art, internationally renown multi-media creator David Carlin combined two originals and made one masterful statement with this matted, glassed and framed contribution. The image on the right is a sketch drawn by Carlin's first wife in the 1970s while she was at the former North Bay Psychiatric Hospital. Carlin had both originals scanned before fusing them with paint, brush and feeling prior to final scanning and glazing. (photo above taken through glass). Learn more about Carlin on his Facebook art page HERE or http://davidfcarlin.blogspot.com/

Reserved bid: $300

Not sold, will return to artist unless a late bid is made.


Item #2 - Christine Fortin, piano lessons

Description: Christine Fortin is well-known for preparing students to perform at their potential, whether it's for Kiwanis Music Festival adjudication or personal achievement. She has agreed to take on one more student this winter to support the North Bay Alzheimer Society, offering eight lessons (30 minutes per week). In the photo above is Samuel Denomme at the Fortin piano.

Reserved bid: $150

Sold: $180


Item #3 - Karen McCluskey, framed photograph

Description: Karen McCluskey's love of the outdoors shows through in this photograph taken at a Highway 17 rest stop along the Spanish River. It's titled: Meet Me at the Pine. It's a big piece at 24 inches x 36 inches wide with a wood frame without glass.

Reserved bid: $200

Sold: $200


Item #4 - Brent Trach, glass-framed drypoint print

Description: Brent Trach is best known for his realistic transparent water colour landscapes but he also uses oils and acrylics. The work Great Blue Heron above, however, is a hand-pulled print made using the drypoint process (first used in the mid-14th century). The artist uses a stylus to draw on copper before the inked plate and paper are squeezed through rollers, a pain-staking method which produces a limited number of unique impressions as the burred copper wears smooth again. The frame is 17.5 inches tall x 19.5 inches wide. www.brenttrachart.com

Reserved bid: $175 (valued at $295)

Sold for $175 after a post-auction bid.


Item #5 - Denis Lalonde, glass-framed photograph

Description: Denis Lalonde doesn't mess around when it comes to his photography. The large 18 inch x 22 inch wide photograph of a hood ornament on a 1940s-era Buick in a classic car cemetery is expertly framed to 28 inches x 32 inches wide with museum-rated glass. It was shot with a medium format SLR using slide film, giving it intense colours with sharp contrast impossible to achieve with modern digital cameras. www.photographybydeni.com

Reserved bid: was $400

*** Reserved bid lowered to: $250

Sold for $200 after post-auction bid accepted.


Item #6 - Keith Campbell, ceramic plate

Description: Keith Campbell has been working clay for more than five decades and has countless awards and distinctions to his credit. For this cause, however, he agreed to produce a special piece of work to help promote this fundraiser. He recreated by hand the touching image created with layered photos by Donna Cushing. It captures an iconic moment as her parents step into their dementia journey. www.keithcampbell.ca

Reserved bid: $200 (valued at $600)

Sold: $300


Item #7 - Bea Lockhart, stained glass

Description: Bea Lockhart creates beautiful stained glass creations with impressive commissioned works used as centre-piece features in homes and businesses. Her donation to this auction celebrates Canada's 150th year of confederation in colour. It is approximately a square foot in size.

Reserved bid: $35 (valued at $75)

Sold: $50


Item # 8 - Midge Ravensdale, unframed original in ink

Description: Midge Ravensdale teaches painting and offers first-time students a chance to learn with supplies provided for a nominal fee (so they don't have to load up with expensive paints before knowing their preferred mediums). One of two donations to this auction, this unframed ink piece celebrates Fall Trees and the colours within minus their leaves. It is 20 inches tall x 13 inches wide. Email: [email protected]

Reserved bid: $45

Sold: $140


Item #9 - Michael de Moree, framed photograph

Description: Michael de Moree is an accomplished photographer and retired visual communication teacher with many former students going on to careers in journalism and a life-time of camera creations. The photo above is one of two works donated to this auction, a 13 inch vs 19 inch image of South River at Nipissing Village framed and double matted to 26 inches wide x 23 inches tall. See more of his work at Silverpixel http://mdemoree.blogspot.com/

Reserved bid: $200 (valued at $375)

Sold: $200


Item #10 - Marco Souza, musician

Description: Marco Souza is a jazz pianist who plays regularly at The Raven and Republic on Wednesday evenings. He is offering his musical talent to this auction with a booking for an evening of light jazz suitable for dinner parties and private evenings. He can be contacted by telephone at (705) 477-7560 if inquiring about availability.

Reserved bid: $125 (valued at $250)

Sold: $160


Item #11 - Edna Scott, glass-framed painting

Description: Edna Scott, through a life-time of artistic perseverance and continuous study, is among the art royalty of the Lake Nipissing area. Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world. Doug Mackay wrote HERE about Scott designing 35 rides for the North Bay Heritage Carousel. The first of two pieces she donated to this auction is the Snowy Owl water colour matted and framed to nine inches x 11 inches wide.

Reserved bid: $50 (valued at $75)

Sold: $110


Item #12 - Jurgen Mohr, framed painting

Description: Jurgen Mohr's abstracts and other works have made a permanent mark on the art scene in Northern Ontario and internationally (specifically Cuba and Mexico). Mohr's donation to this auction was created two years ago after providing a 13-year-old Mexican student in North Bay is first painting lesson. Mohr, 70, said the experience awoke in him a renewed energy to paint like a child again (see the feature and video interview on this website HERE). Contact the artist at: [email protected]

Reserved bid: $400

Sold: $425


Item #13 - Gerry Voyer, maple wood scroll

Description: Gerry Voyer is a retired mechanic with his family business, Gerry's Auto in Corbeil, still run by his wife Marlene and son, Tim. But his artistic talents go beyond engines. During his downtime, Voyer spent decades creating beautiful scroll works like the one above and his booths at craft shows were popular story-telling stops. This intricate piece illustrates family life on a farm while providing an impressive wall-mounted display ledge that is 12 inches high x nine inches wide.

Reserved bid: $40 (valued at $100)

Sold: $50


Item #14 - Jack Lockhart, private painting lesson

Description: Jack Lockhart's art can be found in public and private collections around the world. At natural at a young age, he's never stopped learning new methods and techniques and loves to share his life-time of experience as a teacher. He's offered to this auction a two-hour private art lesson in his home gallery near the Laurentian Ski Hill. You will go home from this "fun-filled time with a framed original watercolour painting you created."

Reserved bid: $100 (valued at $200)

Sold: $175


Item #15 - Pat Stamp, ceramic tea-pot

Description: Pat Stamp is one of the few career-potters in the Nipissing District. Her Ash Creek Pottery Studio in Callander, ON was a must-visit and part of annual artistic tours for many years before its recent closure and their down-sizing move into North Bay. Stamp offers this beautifully made tea-pot to this auction.

Reserved bid: $40

Sold: $250


Item #16 - Perry McLeod Shabogesic, framed print

Description: Perry McLeod Shabogesic, of Nipissing First Nation, has been painting for more than four decades, in his own variation of the woodland Ojibwe style. He offers this frame print of a water colour piece of a loon entitled "Maang"

Reserved bid: $40

Sold: $50


Item #17 - Bil Carr, maple canes

Description: Bil Carr, a retired shop teacher, spends his leisure creating quality items under the business name of Three Turtles Woodsmith. Carr donated two canes made from the hard-maple balance beams he acquired as the former Tweedsmuir elementary school at Gertrude and Lakeshore was being refurbishment to create the Coworking176.space. He also offers to cut them to size after purchase. Email [email protected]

Reserved bid: $35 each (valued at $75 each)

Sold 1: $50

Sold 2: $60


Item #18 - Nick Laporte, athletic tutorial session

Description: Nick Laporte is on a mission to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympics in the 100-metre event. The former semi-professional hockey player has an inspirational story to share, which includes receiving coaching support from Canadian Olympic medalist Ben Johnson. He's offered for this auction to attend a youth team practice to speak about how to work toward athletic dreams using modern training techniques and dedication to personal health improvements. Laporte will also provide free samples of his athletic clothing line NikFit. (Promotional portrait by Kristy Seguin at CM Photography).

Reserved bid: $55

Sold: $75


Item #19 - Miranda Prior - framed Giclee print

Description: Miranda Prior, of Powassan, has been nurturing her natural artistic talent with pencil sketching for most of her young life. The Nipissing University student enjoys capturing the spirit of animals the most. Prior offered a framed print (plastic cover) of her work, Horse's Eye, for this auction. It’s 19 x 13 inche print, matted and in a 16 x 20 frame. She also sells greeting cards and can be found on Facebook.

Reserved bid: $40 (valued at $115)

Sold: $100


Item #20 - Pauline Sutherland, glass-framed lino cut print

Description: Pauline Sutherland, of Fort Albany First Nation, recently moved to North Bay with her family. Her husband Damian Macseain is the manager of the Gathering Place garden. Sutherland offered two pieces of work for this auction, the first of which is a lino cut print depicting a young trickster who sets a snare along the path of the sun and ends up causing a period of darkness and chaos, part of a Mushkegowuk Cree teaching. Entitled; Chahkabesh Snares the Sun, it's numbered as the first of 19 prints and is double-matted, framed in glass to the full size of 16.5 inches x 19.5 inches wide.

Reserved bid: $40

Sold: $50


Item #21 - Jeff Marceau, live air-brushing Sept. 14

Description: Jeff Marceau has found his stride as an air-brush artist with recent wall murals in North Bay impressing all who see his work. See the feature on this website HERE. Marceau has volunteered to produce a piece live during the sold-out Look, Listen and Laugh (Because Dementia Sucks) event at the Grande Event Centre Sept. 14. But the subject matter hasn't been confirmed and event organizers are accepting suggestions up until noon Sept. 12. The front-runner is an image of an elephant because it's become symbolic of Alzheimer's Disease. Also in consideration are a number of high-profile actors, musicians, artists and stand-up comedians who suffered dementia. If you have a suggestion, email [email protected] or look for the Facebook post.

Reserved bid: $400

Sold: $400


Item #22 - Donna Cushing, framed metal prints

Description: Donna Cushing creates art in many ways but photography and digital design are a primary focus. This three-panel series looks at the dementia journey that her parents have been walking together. It was initially a multi-media presentation HERE. The third panel was donated to the event for use as the primary brand image for advertisements, tickets and posters. The layer of her parents walking away hand-in-hand was taken by her brother, event organizer Dave Dale, when they visited Corbeil two years ago. Don't worry about bidding against the family. They want this artwork to be shared and raise money for someone else's respite care service now that their father is at the Pioneer Manor in Sudbury.

Reserved bid: $350

Sold: $350



Item #23 - Edna Scott, glass-framed original watercolour

Description: Edna Scott, through a life-time of artistic perseverance and continuous study, is among the art royalty of the Lake Nipissing area. Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world. Doug Mackay wrote HERE about Scott designing 35 rides for the North Bay Heritage Carousel. The second of two pieces she donated to this auction is entitled: Birches, an original water colour matted with glass and framed in wood to 15 inches x 27 inches wide.

Reserved bid: $200 (valued at $375)

Sold: $225


Item #24 - Gerry Voyer, maple-wood scroll

Description: Gerry Voyer is a retired mechanic with his family business, Gerry's Auto in Corbeil, still run by his wife Marlene and son, Tim. But his artistic talents go beyond engines. During his downtime, Voyer spent decades creating beautiful scroll works like the one above and his booths at craft shows were popular story-telling stops. This eagle and clock measures 12 inches x 10 inches wide.

Reserved bid: $25 (valued at $50)

Sold: $50


Item #25 - Denis Lalonde, glass-framed photograph

Description: Denis Lalonde doesn't mess around when it comes to his photography. The second of two donations to this auction, another 18 inch x 22 inch wide photograph of galaxy-like rust and corroded paint on the hood of a 1940s pick-up truck in a classic car cemetery is expertly framed to 28 inches x 32 inches wide with museum-rated glass. It was shot with a medium format SLR using slide film, giving it intense colours with sharp contrast impossible to achieve with modern digital cameras. www.photographybydeni.com

Reserved bid: was $250

***Reserved bid lowered to: $125

Sold for $100 after post-auction bid accepted.


Item #26 - Catering by Lucie, in-home meal for 10

Description: In the culinary arts department, we have Lucie St. John offering for auction an in-home catered dinner for 10 through Catering by Lucie Call 705-477-0740.

Reserved bid: $50

Sold: $330


Item #28 - Midge Ravensdale, unframed watercolour

Description: Midge Ravensdale teaches painting and offers first-time students a chance to learn with supplies provided for a nominal fee (so they don't have to load up with expensive paints before knowing their preferred mediums). One of two donations to this auction, this unframed water colour with added texture Colourful Pears is so vibrant it doesn't need a frame (but it's very frame friendly). It is 20 inches tall x 13 inches wide. Email: [email protected]

Reserved bid: $45

Sold: $45


Item #29 - Ottawa Senator tickets (4) for one home game

Description: Jack Jones has donated four (4) Ottawa Senator home game tickets (all same game) from his season package with a variety of dates of which to choose. Section 316 Row K Seats 23-26

Value: $160

Thursday Oct 4 vs Chicago Blackhawks; Wednesday Oct 10 vs Philadelphia Flyers; Saturday Oct 13 vs Los Angeles Kings; Monday Oct 15 vs Dallas Stars; Tuesday Oct 23 vs Boston Bruins; Thursday Nov 1 vs Buffalo; Sunday Nov 4 vs Tampa Bay; uesday Nov 6 vs New Jersey

Reserved bid: $40

Sold: $100


Item #30 - Bert Saunders print of Cent's Vitali Yachmenev

Description: Source North Source for Sports donated an unframed print of a painting by the late Bert Saunders, North Bay artist, of Centennials star Vitali Yachmenev, who went on to play 487 NHL games. The same print, donated by the Saunders family, is being sold for $100 by Source North as a fundraiser to benefit four local charities (One Kids Place, YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, North Bay Food Bank and Kidsport). Thank you Paul McLean. NOTE:Take this print to KBros Maroosis Art Centre and receive $50 off framing costs (full cost estimated to be $150 or so depending on taste).

Reserved bid: $25

Sold: $60


Item #31 - Mary Jowsey, mixed-medium painting

Description: Mary Jowsey, 95, created passionate artwork for decades and this 19 x 13 inch wide mixed-medium piece named Misty Morning comes with a beautiful message on the back: 'A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day" - Proverb. It's mounted on a black board and framed in black to enhance the texture, ready to hang.

Sold: $50


Item #32 - Steve Snake, painting

Description: KBros Maroosis Art Centre donated a Steve Snake original to the auction. This 8 x 10 inch wide stretched canvas oil landscape is Snake's view out the window of his home on Bear Island, Temagami. Cousin of the late Arthur Shilling, Snake's work was also influenced by the late Norval Morrisseau, the renown Woodland Ojibewe artist. Framed in oak with an inner wood mat, this painting will soon match the fall colours that are quickly coming. Learn more by following this LINK

Sold: $100


Item #33 - Michael de Moree, glass-framed photograph

Description: Michael de Moree is an accomplished photographer and retired visual communication teacher with many former students going on to careers in journalism and a life-time of camera creations. The photo above is one of two works donated to this auction, a beautiful yet also ominous Lake Nipissing double matted to 26 inches wide x 23 inches tall. See more of his work at Silverpixel http://mdemoree.blogspot.com/

Reserved bid: $200 (valued at $375)

Sold: $230


Item #34 - Accurate Business Solutions, $100 coupon

Description: Murielle Roach of Accurate Business Solutions donated a $100 redeemable coupon for tax preparation or bookkeeping services. Email [email protected] or call (705) 478-5398. www.accuratebusinesssolutions.me

Reserved bid: $20

Sold: $20


Item #35 - Eithne dePencier, framed painting

Description: Eithne dePencier donated an uplifting water colour with the pinks and blue combining to give the horizon hope. Simply framed in wood with black mat and glass. I can see this cheering up a bathroom.

Sold: $40


Item #36 - Mary Ann Jones, frame photograph

Description: Mary Ann Jones has an eye for lines and colour with this glass-framed, matted photograph catching the right light while also leaving you with the warmth of a clear, fall day.

Sold: $25


Item #37 - Peter Hamel, photocopy of pencil drawing

Description: Peter Hamel, 83, is a retired rail-roader who loves to create images of scenes he remembers from across Northern Ontario. This one is from being in Moosonee. He's got some talent, but he needs an agent to get his work to the next level. This computer print is on copy paper and sitting on a mat board. Email: [email protected]

No reserved bid:

Not sold, will return to artist.


Item #38 - Pauline Sutherland, painting

Description: Pauline Sutherland, of Fort Albany First Nation, recently moved to North Bay with her family. Her husband Damian Macseain is the manager of the Gathering Place garden. Sutherland offered two pieces of work for this auction. This second one, Lifeline, speaks to the cycle we live illustrated with Muskegawuk Cree perspective.

Reserved bid: $25

Sold: $35


Item # 39 - Be-YOU-tiful Nails, gift certificate

Description: Amanda Jones of Be-YOU-tiful Nails as donated a $60 gift certificate. Email for more information about services [email protected]

Reserved bid: $20

Sold: $35


Item #40 - Paul Smylie, painting

Description: Paul Smylie was at the Look, Listen and Laugh (Because Dementia Sucks) event Friday and donated one of his paintings, an oil on board unframed board 12 x 16 inches, of Lake Chiniguchi, near Temagami, painted "en plein air."

Reserved bid: $60

Sold: Post-auction bid of $60 accepted Saturday!


Item #42 - Chris Mayne, photograph

Description: Chris Mayne takes stunning outdoor photos while canoeing through a variety of the top destinations in Ontario. Mayne donated a colourful Algonquin Park capture showing the beauty of the season on our doorstep. Mounted on foam core and matted by the Frame Maker ready to frame at 18 x 24 inches.

Reserved bid: $50

Sold: Post-auction bid of $50 accepted Saturday!

Thank for participating in this fundraising auction ...

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