Folk art silent  auction Friday

A reception for the opening of a silent auction of works created by folk artist Jane Kronheim of Harrisville will be held at the Mariposa Museum on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.

There also will be a celebration of Kronheim’s long friendship with the Mariposa. She has been an extraordinary supporter of the Mariposa since its inception and a particular friend of co-founder Linda Marsella, who, in the span of their relationship and collaboration, had amassed a collection of Kronheim’s artwork.

She was one of the first artists-in-residence and also has participated in curriculum planning, exhibits and fundraisers.

Kronheim claims that her artistic spirit took off “in the woods” when she moved from Boston to Harrisville more than 20 years ago and created her studio, Eastview Artisan. Her art is influenced by nature and the surrounding charm of villages plus the stencil designs of Moses Eaton and includes themes of love and courtship, landscape, angels, faeries, spiritual quests and American politics and elections.

Her mixed media folk art is primarily painting and collage with special attention to tactile images that seem to emerge from the scene. She prefers to work on old wood boards or distressed wood that shows wear and unique texture with a particular love of birch bark “the natural ‘paper’ from trees.”

She has exhibited her art throughout the Midwest and New England and it can be found in many private collections.

Professionally, she has had dual roles as an American folk artist and special education therapist. She holds degrees in art and in special education with an emphasis on visual and hearing impairment. While at the Perkins School for the Blind, she developed programs for young blind children while at the same time designing learning materials and enhanced art techniques for the blind and hearing impaired.

The auction will represent more than 40 of Kronheim’s works that reflect her broad creative mind, a style of whimsy, a sense of place and many incorporated themes.

The silent auction begins on Aug. 2 and will close the evening of Aug. 23. Bids can be placed any day during the museum hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the education programs at the Mariposa Museum.

Following the reception, at 7 p.m. Monadnock Chorus will perform “Frostiana,” a concert dedicated to the works of Robert Frost.

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