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Beverly’s Montserrat college hosts annual ‘Artrageous’ art auction

Posted by Terri Ogan  February 26, 2013 11:50 AM

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Artwork by Raul Gonzalez III.

Montserrat College of Art welcomes well-known Boston artist Raul Gonzalez III as the featured guest of the school’s annual art auction, Artrageous!27. All proceeds from the event go to student financial aid and scholarships.

Artrageous!27 will be held Saturday April 6 at 6 p.m. at Centennial Park in Peabody. Not only will Gonzalez feature artwork from his 2012 exhibit, Nowhere To Go But Everywhere, but students will have the opportunity to introduce their work to business professionals in the area.

“We ask our current juniors and seniors to submit to the auction so they have an opportunity to get their work up on the walls and up in front of the jurors and gallery professionals,” said Erin Carter, Monsterrat’s development associate. “We had a student last year who had a piece in the live auction, there was a bidding frenzy and her piece went for a couple times her asking value and got a solo show at a shop up in Manchester as a result of her piece doing so well.”

This curated auction will feature more than 200 paintings, prints, photographs, illustrations, sculptures, jewelry, giftware and more, all donated by Montserrat alumni, faculty, staff, students, as well as important established and emerging artists from around the nation. Students will also exercise their creativity at special “Art-In-The-Moment” stations.

Born in El Paso, TX, Gonzalez was voted Boston’s best visual artist for 2010 by readers of The Boston Phoenix. His work has been exhibited in various parts of the northeast including The Drawing Center in New York, the Aidekman Gallery at Tufts University, The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston and Ogunquit Museum of American Art. He has also been exhibited on the west coast at SCION Installation, San Francisco Art Institute and Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles.

Gonzalez believes it is important to introduce youth to the visual arts and has taught in the education departments of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts. After receiving a Wet Paint Grant, he then collaborated with more than 125 kids from all over Boston to create a work entitled “and their Families” for the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts.

For further information about Artrageous!27 tickets, advertising, sponsorship, art previews visit http://www.montserrat.edu/auction27/ or contact Erin Carter at erin.carter@montserrat.edu, 978-921-4242 x1114.

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