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October Issue 2003

Record Sale Expected for October Art Auction in Hilton Head, SC, at Morris & Whiteside Galleries

Morris & Whiteside Galleries in Hilton Head, SC, has assembled over 190 lots of paintings and sculpture by over 125 American artists for its 15th Annual Renaissance Sale, to be held on Oct. 20 at 8pm. The nationally recognized, catalogued art auction that was relocated from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Hilton Head three years ago, has experienced steady growth from $ 860,000 in 2000 to $1,193,000 in 2002 and show organizers Jack A. Morris, Jr. and J. Ben Whiteside say the 2003 event has the potential to set several new records for individual artists and total gross sales.

Major highlights of the two-hour event are expected to be Clark Hulings' painting, Tuesday Market al Etla, (estimate $100,000 to $125,000) and Grand Canyon from the South Rim (estimate $150,000 to $175,000); Wilson Hurley's Easter Afternoon - Grand Canyon, (estimate $175,000 to $200,000); Kenneth Riley's The Guardian, (estimate $45,000 to $55,000); and Howard Terpning's War Cry to the Sun, (estimate $300,000 to $400000). Other nationally ranked artists include Tom Lovell, Robert Griffing, Olaf Wieghorst, James Reynolds, H. W. Hansen, A. F. Tait and an entire section has been dedicated to ten paintings by Frank McCarthy who died in Nov. of last year.

Of special interest to collectors in the southeast will be significant works by Christopher Blossom, Joe Bowler, Ray Ellis, Walter Greer, Edward Griffith. William Halsey, Wolf Kahn, Leon Kroll, David Leffel, Dean Mitchell, Jim Palmer, Pino, and Edward Rice. There is also a selection of ten major nautical prints of Charleston, Savannah and other important American ports by John Stobart that will be offered for a minimum bid of $10,000 or individually.

The auction is open free to the public and a cocktail and Hors' d'oeuvres preview party is being hosted by Arts & Antiques Magazine from 5:30-7:30pm, prior to the auction at 8pm. All activities will take place at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC, located across from Morris & Whiteside Galleries.

Works in the auction will be able to be previewed at the Arts Center a few days before the auction and before that at Morris & Whiteside Galleries. A full color, illustrated catalogue of the auction items is available on request and images and info will also be available on the internet before the auction date at (www.morris-whiteside.com).

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/842-4433 and at (www.morris-whiteside.com).

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