Yaddo Summer Benefit Auction

Yaddo Summer Benefit 2018 Auction Items


1 – Dinner for 10 in the Mansion: Host your own private cocktail party in West House followed by dinner in the historic Yaddo Mansion; gather around the Trask family dining room table for a spectacular meal prepared by Yaddo’s renowned chef, Michael Blake, and his staff.  Value: Priceless; Opening Bid: $5,000

2 – Yaddo Stakes Package: Arrive in style at Saratoga Race Course for the 38th running of the Yaddo Stakes on Friday, August 24: box seats, trackside parking, clubhouse admission, paddock entry, and you’ll be escorted to the winner’s circle to present the trophy with the winning horse, jockey, and owner. The winning bidder takes home a framed photo as a memento. Compliments of NYRA and Yaddo. Value: Priceless; Opening Bid: $1,000

3 – Wyndham Bentley Brook Resort in the Berkshires: Spend a week (August 3-10) in a fully furnished timeshare with a beautiful view of the Jiminy Peak resort.  Indoor/outdoor pools, tennis courts, exercise equipment, hiking, mountain biking, sauna. Max occupancy is eight; private sleeping area sleeps six. Corey Road in Hancock, Massachusetts. Compliments of Mary Marcus. Value: $2,450; Opening Bid: $1,500

4 – The Clark: “Come for the Day, Stay for the Year”—A day of special access for four (or six) people to exhibitions, grounds, the permanent collection, etc., a day-long discount, lunch with the director or a senior curator (schedule-permitting). Plus a one-year Clark Society membership (valued at $1,200), a Clark exhibition catalogue, and a Clark tote bag. Compliments of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Doris Fischer Malesardi (Trustee of The Clark) and Robert Malesardi. Value: $1,700; Opening Bid: $800

5 – Fox Jewelers: Custom made sterling silver and 18 kt yellow gold twisted pendant with a .21 ct round sapphire on an 18” octagonal box chain. Compliments of N. Fox Jewelers.   Value: $700  Opening Bid: $300

6 – Twilight Cruise on Lake George: Cruise around northern Lake George in a vintage “Hacker” while champagne and hors d’oeuvres are served. This package is for two-four people and you will arrive and depart from a private dock. Dates to be determined by captain’s schedule, weather, and winning bidder. Compliments of Elizabeth Straton. Value: Priceless; Opening Bid: $150

7 – SPAC 2018 Membership: Higher-ticket priority for all programs, two additional guests to designated member rehearsals of the Ballet and Orchestra (six total), preferred-patron parking and private restroom facilities for all events, patron’s club dining in the Hall of Springs, access to a dedicated VIP phone-order ticket line, exclusive access for you and two guests to the Patron’s Terrace during classical performances, and an invitation to special receptions. Compliments of SPAC. Value: $1,950; Opening Bid: $900

8 – One Classical Season Lawn Pass for SPAC’s 2018 Season: five upgrades for inside seats on the evenings of the performances in addition to a picnic basket and wine! Compliments of SPAC/ picnic items, compliments of Patricia Friesen.  Value:  $225;  Opening Bid: $75

9 – Theater Package: Two tickets to Anastasia at Proctors; two tickets from Cap Rep to your choice of one the following shows: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, The Royale, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Red Maple, Shakespeare in Love; and tickets to the Adirondack Theatre Festival, performance TBD. Compliments of Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre, and Adirondack Theatre Festival.  Value: $320;  Opening Bid: $160

10 – Private Tour of Christie’s Vault for Six Friends: Get a rare peek behind-the-scenes of the multimillion dollar art trade on a private tour of the illustrious vault of Christie’s preeminent auction house. On this guided tour, one of Christie’s top specialists will walk you and up to five friends through one of the semi-annual auction previews (available in May and November), providing you with insider information on why the works are so coveted, and so valuable. Following the tour, you’ll be treated to wine in the Christie’s boardroom in Rockefeller Center. Compliments of Christie’s. Value: Priceless; Opening Bid: $500

11 – Hyde Family Membership: Enjoy the benefits of a Family Membership for The Hyde Collection which includes free unlimited admission to The Hyde and all special exhibitions, and member-only special programs. Compliments of The Hyde. Value: $95; Opening Bid: $60

12 – Lake George Music Festival for Two: A full season “Festival Pass” includes guaranteed admission and preferred seating for all concerts during August 12-24. Compliments of Alexander Lombard, the President & CEO of Lake George Music Festival, Inc. Value: $199; Opening bid:  $95

13 – Stained Glass Piece: Former employee Cathy Clarke has created ”Yaddo Lunch,” an 8” x 8” image of a Yaddo artist’s lunchbox and thermos, with a rose blossom and grapes on a table with a diamond-pane window as a backdrop. This unique Yaddo-inspired piece would make a great addition to anyone’s home! Compliments of Clarke Stained Glass. Value: $100   Opening Bid $50

14 – Four Tickets to the Philadelphia Orchestra Performance of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at SPAC: Enjoy this Cinema Saturday performance, scheduled for August 4 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. With four seats in Section 1, Row G you won’t miss a moment of the show! Compliments of an anonymous donor. Value $318; Opening Bid:  $200

15 – Janet Jackson Concert Tickets for two: Enjoy Orchestra level seating for Janet Jackson’s “State of the World Tour” on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Compliments of Anonymous donor. Value: $375.90; Opening Bid: $200

16 – Canyon Ranch Spa Package: Pamper yourself with an Ultimate Health and Beauty Package at the Famous Canyon Ranch Spa! A great way to sample what the Canyon Ranch resorts have to offer, this Spa Renewal Day Package will include: use of facility and 40 different activities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Gourmet lunch, $160 toward your service of choice. Select from two locations: Lenox, Massachusetts or Tucson, Arizona. Compliments of Kim and Robert Swidler. Value $375; Opening Bid: $200

17 – Mary Martin Spa Laser Package: Five laser treatments at Mary Martin & Co. Day Spa in Saratoga Springs.  Refresh, Reveal, and Renew for a total skin rejuvenation! Compliments of Mary Martin.  Value: $700; Opening Bid: $300

18 – Farm and Market Package: The winner of this package will receive a $100 gift card from Northshire Bookstore, a $100 gift certificate to Battenkill Valley Creamery, and a one-week meal plan from 9 Miles East valued at $60.  Compliments of Northshire Bookstore, Battenkill Valley Creamery, and 9 Miles East. Value: $260 Opening Bid: $100

19 – deJonghe Gift Certificate: Spoil yourself or a loved one with a beautiful piece of deJonghe jewelry with this generous gift certificate. Compliments of deJonghe Jewelers. Value: $1,000; Opening Bid:  $500 

20 – Elizabeth Strout Literary Baskets: Two identical baskets (offered separately) with an assortment of best-selling novels by our Guest of Honor, Yaddo Artist Elizabeth Strout, plus a DVD movie adaptation of her Pultizer Prize-winning book, Olive Kitteridge. Included in the basket are Yaddo bookmarks, a Yaddo shopping bag, and a Yaddo insulated beverage container.  Value: $149; Opening Bid:  $75

21 – Elizabeth Haynes Photography Package: A family portrait package including a two-hour shoot, candid shots, formal portrait of each family member (max six), and family home and group shot.  Sharable online gallery of >200 lightly edited photos and ten fully edited photos.  Compliments of Elizabeth Haynes Photography.  Value: $750; Opening Bid: $400

22 – Rosanna Bruno Original Cartoon: Yaddo artist, Rosanna Bruno, created this (9 x 12) cartoon especially for Yaddo and is representative of one of her residencies here at Yaddo.  Also included in this package is a copy of her comic book, The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson, about the ever-fascinating poet. Rosanna lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  Value: $1,400; Opening Bid: $500

23 – Vintage Adirondack Grandfather Clock: Six foot solid wood vintage Adirondack style grandfather clock.  Compliments of an anonymous donor.  Value: $1,200; Opening Bid: $500

24 – Betsy Olmsted Package: Betsy Olmsted is the woman behind her namesake brand known for its vivid watercolor textiles. Her dynamic design studio is nestled in a cozy horse stable in historic downtown Saratoga Springs. Included in this package is a copy of her book, Hand Printing: A Visual Guide to Printing on Almost Anything, a pillow and tea towels. Compliments of Betsy Olmsted.   Value: $125; Opening Bid: $75

25 – Wooden Deco Galileo Thermometer: Proudly display this beautiful piece, created by Joseph Ure, which includes a handcrafted wall stand.  Compliments of Joseph Ure. Value: $300; Opening Bid: $150

26 – Saratoga Peak Performance 30-Day Package: Get in shape with unlimited classes/semi private group credit for a month from Peak Performance, with TNT, Tonya and Nate Trained, trainers.  Also included is a TNT tank!  Compliments of Saratoga Peak Performance. Value: $270; Opening Bid: $140

27 – Handcrafted Walnut Burl Framed Mirrors: Created by contemporary American furniture artist, Jonathan Sweet, from Johnstown, NY, these one-of-a-kind 15” x 15” mirrors with matching walnut burl frames are inspired by the woodlands around Mr. Sweet with the true spirit of his Adirondack roots.  Compliments of Ellen-Deane Cummins. Value: $750; Opening Bid: $350

28 – 801 Supper Club Package: Win three sets of tickets and enjoy intimate evenings at the Mansion Inn, located in Rock City Falls, NY.  On August 23, see Tony, Emmy, and Drama Desk Award winner, Lillias White, the Broadway Star of Dreamgirls, Cats, Chicago, and Fela. September 20 will feature Will and Anthony Nunziata, twin stars of Broadway’s 54 Below.  And on October 18th, you’ll see Josh Young, the Tony Award Nominee of Jesus Christ Superstar, Broadway World Best Actor Award winner for Evita, and appeared on Broadway in Amazing Grace. While enjoying world-class entertainment, you’ll be treated to a three-course gourmet dinner prepared by Cordon Bleu trained chef, Rick Bieber. Compliments of The Mansion Inn/Jeff Wodicka and Neil Castro.  Value: $450; Opening Bid: $200

29-33 – Original framed paintings by Yaddo artist John Blee:  Offered separately (or purchase all five!).  Yaddo artist John Blee lives and works in Washington, D.C.  He spent half of his childhood in India and Pakistan, which has influenced his work.  He studied with abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler.  Blee has shown in galleries in Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston.  Each painting measures 12 ½ x 13 (incl. frame).  Compliments of Michele and Jason Jacobs. Value: $2,500 ($500 a piece); Opening Bid: $250 each. If interested, please call Lynn Farenell at 518-584-0746.  (No online bidding available.

34 – Saratoga Bridges Gala Tickets: Win two tickets to the July 21 Saratoga Bridges White Party Gala! Compliments of Saratoga Bridges. Value: $350; Opening Bid: $150

35 – Lucy Cadou Kettlewell original painting: Add to your collection a framed 1991 depiction of the Albany Catholic Church of Archangel, painted by Lucy Cadou in 1991. Compliments of Sue and Wally Allerdice.  Value: $700; Opening Bid: $300

36 – Private Art Appraisal and Gallery Tour: Maura Kehoe Collins, an independent art advisor specializing in private art collections management, will provide an assessment of the winning bidder’s private art collection and take you on a three-hour private tour of your choice of a New York City museum/gallery. Compliments of Maura Kehoe Collins. Value: $1,000; Opening Bid: $600

37 – Saratoga Polo Package: Win four clubhouse seats in the Owner’s Box for a date during the 2018 season. Compliments of Saratoga Polo. Value: $200; Opening Bid: $100

38 – Susan Crile Pastel: Take home a framed pastel by Yaddo artist Susan Crile. Ms. Crile is an American painter and printmaker, whose work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Compliments of Timothy D. Smith, AIA. Value: $1,750; Opening Bid: $800

39 – Works by artist Eric Orner: Own two illustrations – “Utica/Upstate Hustling” (2018) and “Canal Street” (2015) by cartoonist and illustrator, Eric Orner. Early in his career, Mr. Orner worked as a storyboard artist at Disney.  His graphic fiction publishes widely in publications like Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics, Buzzfeed, and The San Francisco Chronicle.  Compliments of Eric Orner.  Value: $750; Opening Bid: $300

40 – Take the Soroptimist Secret Garden Tour: Four tickets to the Soroptimist Secret Garden Tour on July 8, 2018; plus a beautiful Coach clutch bag, and top off your day with dinner at Mouzon House. Compliments of Joyce Ure, Anne-Marie Pratt, and Mouzon House. Value: $265; Opening Bid: $125

41 – Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs Package: Receive four tickets to Circus Smirkus, a birthday party puppet performance, and a half hour concert by Waldorf School music students. Compliments of Elizabeth Straton.  Value: $200; Opening Bid: $100

42 – Lifestyles of Saratoga: Wrap yourself up in a black Mer Sea & Co. cashmere wrap and enjoy items from Beekman 1802 & MacKenzie-Childs Morning Glory Collection with Goat Milk Lotion, soap, sheer tinted lip balm, and eau de toilette spray – all a signature fragrance for MacKenzie-Childs inspired by cool summer mornings in upstate New York. Also included is a Saratoga Springs market bag. Value: $269.50; Opening Bid: $140

You may submit an absentee-bidding form prior to the event.