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NH Art Association Art Auction Begins February 18

PORTSMOUTH — The New Hampshire Art Association will hold an auction of 75 pieces from its permanent collection from the past 40 years, with bidding beginning Friday, February 18.

Most of the artwork is from former NHAA members, and some artwork from current members is also included. This is a fundraiser for the organization, the oldest arts association in the state founded in 1940.

The pieces up for auction will be on view at the NHAA’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, beginning Wednesday, February 16, with auctions beginning Friday, February 18. All bidding will be done online via Autrica. There will be a link to the online auction on the home page of the NHAA website at

“The NHAA has hosted some very talented performers over the years and we are pleased to be able to offer some of their pieces to the public at very reasonable prices,” said NHAA Board Chair Renee Giffroy. “The funds raised will help the NHAA continue to provide support to artists now and as they develop their careers in the future.”

Two notable artists featured in the auction are Sigmund Abeles and Susan Stetson.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Abeles received a scholarship in 1957 to study at Columbia University where he earned his Master of Fine Art in Painting in just one year.

During his first 20 years as an artist, Abeles worked primarily in black and white prints, drawings, and sculpture. Color was reintroduced into his works when he discovered pastel which was an extension of his drawings from 1979. The year 1965 was the strongest year worldwide for Abeles New York art as a recognized artist there. It was included in the Whitney Annual of that year, devoted to his prints and sculpture. Then the Museum of Modern Art bought his print, “Self-Portrait with Cats.” That same year, the National Institute of Arts and Letters awarded Abeles a scholarship and honor.

Stetson, a longtime NHAA member artist, studied art at the University of New Hampshire and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rivier College. She studied with many artists in the Seacoast area and at Maine College of Art.

Stetson used oil and pastel to paint in an impressionistic and realistic way. His outdoor coastal landscapes reflect his view of the contrast between light and shadow, the shapes and angles of reflection found in the coastal environment that inspired his compositions.

Stetson continued to paint from his studio in New Castle until his death in 2021.

All parts will be sold as is. Auctions end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. Parts purchased must be picked up by Sunday February 27 or Monday February 28 at the latest.

There will also be a “buy now” price if a person wishes to purchase the coin immediately.

“We encourage the public to view the pieces in person in the gallery and then place their bids online,” Giffroy said. “The beauty of our online system is that a bidder will be notified online if they outbid, giving them the opportunity to place another bid without returning to the gallery.”


What: NH Art Association Permanent Collection Auction

Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth

When: Coins will be on view from Wednesday, February 16 and online auctions will open on Friday, February 18 and end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. There will be a link to the online auction on the NHAA website. home page on

Gallery hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Note: the City of Portsmouth has an indoor mask protocol in effect.)