Sale of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company fine art collection will benefit Winston-Salem arts group

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hundreds of pieces of artwork from the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company art collection will be sold Feb. 10-12, 2012 to benefit a host of local arts organizations and individual artists.

arts council logoThe Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is selling the work after accepting some 3,000 pieces from the tobacco company earlier this year. Many of the works are by local and North Carolina artists, including Claude Howell, Elsie Popkin, Edd Presnell, Sally Prange and Catherine Ryan. They include oils, watercolors, prints, sculpture, pottery, ceramics and textiles, as well as antiques and decorative items for home and office. There are substantial selections of dishes, flatware, and crystal.

Milton Rhodes, president and CEO of The Arts Council, described the upcoming sale as “an extraordinary opportunity for collectors and artists who receive grants from the arts council. “This Winston-Salem based corporation has a long history of supporting the arts,” Rhodes said. “Rather than being in storage, [the art and antiques] will be in the hands of those who appreciate and enjoy them,” Rhodes said. “We want to get this art back into the community at affordable prices, while maximizing the value of this opportunity and its benefit to the arts community we serve.”

The February sale is not an auction. All items will be priced and may be bought on the spot. All artwork purchased must be removed by the close of the sale on Sunday.

The three-day sale will be held in Mountcastle Forum and Reynolds Place in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Downtown Winston-Salem. Sale hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Feb. 10-11, and noon-5 p.m., Feb. 12. The entry fee is a $5 donation to The Arts Council, and it provides access for all three days of the sale. Children under six will be admitted free. For questions regarding the collection, contact Catherine Heitz New.


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