Artspace’s Annual Gala and Benefit Auction

Featuring a Live and Silent Auction of artwork and experiences. We will celebrate in a new spectacular location just steps from Artspace at 95 Orange Street.  Offering unparalleled aerial views of Chapel Street as it comes to life at night, the industrial building is the site of the former City Hall. So get dressed to the nines and prepare to be whisked away! Featuring Auctioneer Guy Bennett, the former Christie’s expert, art dealer, and recently named Director of Collections and New Acquisitions for the Qatar Museums. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres and dessert from Roia.

Gala Committee: Jennifer Aronson, Amar Bakshi, Grace Brady, Jennifer Burbank, Cathy DeMeo, Eileen Eder, Liz Ferguson, Niall Ferguson, Sarah Fritchey, Kirk Henderson, Katie Jurkiewicz, Helen Kauder, Martha Lewis, Matt Maleska, Julie Parr, Barbara Pearce, Noel Petra, Andy Rubenoff, Shelli Stevens, Rashmi Talpade, Diana Wierbicki

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Live Auction Lots

LOT #1, Kenny Scharf, Squarzeville

Edition of 20 printed by Hamilton Press
30″ x 22.5″
Value: $2,000
Courtesy of the artist
Frame courtesy of Framed

Kenny Scharf was born in Los Angeles and rose to prominence alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in the 1980s. One of the first artists to inject elements of street culture into contemporary art, Scharf has continued to pioneer projects like Cosmic Cavern—a legendary all-night DayGlo disco party held in the basement of a Brooklyn warehouse (2009-2010). He recently completed a large mural wall on the corner of Houston Street and Bowery (NYC), and spray-can paintings on 100 roll-up storefront shutters (NYC).

Squarzeville explores the major themes that have informed Scharf’s work for decades: man’s effect on nature and a retro-futuristic vision of the Space Age. The work rejects a minimalist aesthetic, weaving together sketches of bygone figures (yellow), with geometric icons (blue). The result is a work where environmental and bodily anxieties meet. In blue, we see the outlines of what appears to be an atom, a snowflake, and a germ. In yellow, we see a sketch of a mustached woman, a Cyclops-sperm, and a gap-toothed man with a long line for a tongue and flower for an eye. Figures collapse into cartoons, then into flat lines, and trail off into doodles—this “ville” is unruly and downright fun.

Scharf currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is represented by Honor Fraser. The artist’s work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1, and the Whitney Biennale, and is in the collections of major museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

LOT #2, Anni Albers, Orchestra III

photo-offset print from an edition of 50
11″ x 10.5″
Value: $3,500
Courtesy of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Frame courtesy of Cifferelli Studios

Anni Albers is one of the best-known textile artists of the twentieth century, and was the first designer to have a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Born in Germany in 1899, Albers studied at Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus, and under the mentorship of Gunta Stölzl, learned to embrace weaving’s capacity to develop new architectonic structures. Responding to an era that emphasized production over craft, Albers invented textiles that absorbed sound, minimized wrinkling tendencies and reflected light. In the wake of WWII, she fled with her husband Josef to the United States, and the couple took teaching positions at Black Mountain College, (1933-1949) where they met Philip Johnson. In 1949, Albers moved to Connecticut, and spent the following decade designing mass-producible fabric patterns.

In 1963, the Tamarind Lithography Workshop invited Albers to experiment with print media, which she grew immediately fond of, and thereafter gave up most of her time to lithography and screen printing. As seen in Orchestra III, Albers discovered that photo-offset printing, a technique usually used for commercial purposes, could achieve an elevated precision and sheen. She was inspired to make Orchestra III after attending an outdoor concert at the Salzburg Festival, which awakened childhood memories of Berlin and the Philharmonic concerts she had attended with her sister. The girls wore black velvet dresses with white silk collars and cuffs, and as the orchestra tuned up, the sheet music flapped delicately in the wind. All three memories are echoed in the formal richness of the print.

LOT #3, Emil Lukas, Pillow Stack

plaster on wood with custom made box
6″ x 7″ x 3″
Value: $5,000

Painter and sculptor Emil Lukas, (b. Pittsburgh, 1964), is an artist known for his experiments with unconventional materials and idiosyncratic art-making processes. In 2014 he produced a series of paintings made from larvae (fly eggs), and has worked with an array of organic materials, including thread and silk. For his solo show at the Aldrich Museum (2005), Lukas fabricated “rock” sculptures filled with cement, plaster, plastic, or glass, placing them around the galleries and grounds.

His impulse to imbed art objects with material secrets is sensed in Pillow Stack. Like the ersatz (larvae) paintings and (glass) rocks, the work challenges our conventional sense of viewing. As its intimate size draws us closer, we are betrayed by what we find. The pillow is made of heavy plaster, not feather-stuffed cotton, and the wood shelf is attached to the pillows, rather than supporting the work. A wonderful Brancussian moment arises, as the distinction between object and pedestal collapses, and we experience a trompe l’oeil effect within a sculpture.

Lukas has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. His work is in several important private and public collections, including the Panza Collection, Italy, The Dakis Joannou Collection, Greece, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. He is currently represented by Sperone Westwater in New York.

LOT #4, A Luxurious Central American Natural and Historical Immersion in Antigua, Guatemala

Value: $2,000

Antigua is a cosmopolitan destination city with a rich colonial past. It was founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1543, who searched for a new bountiful capital. Its long cobblestone streets are lined with colorful stucco houses, beautiful crumbling ruins, and a generous offering of boutique hotels, shops, galleries, and mouth-watering food options. Whether you prefer fine dining or street eats, there’s no going hungry. Famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture and colonial churches, the city earns its designation a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This experience is highlighted by a three-night stay at the attractive The San Rafael Hotel, a seven-room luxury bed and breakfast that delivers gorgeous rooms and an enchanting setting in the heart of the historic center. The hotel opened in March of 2013 a short few blocks from the famous Santa Catalina Arch of Antigua, and is the result of three years of restoration. This is a place people rave about long after their return. From Antigua, you can continue your Central American adventure with visits to the majestic Lake Atitlan, the Mayan Pyramids in Takal, and Guatemala City.

LOT #5, Ann Toebbe, Mrs. Beckenhaupt

gouache and paper on panel
16″ x 20″
Value: $5,500
Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery

New York Times critique Roberta Smith reviewed Ann Toebbe’s February 2015 solo exhibition at Monya Rowe Gallery with tenderness. She wrote, “At once familiar and slightly bizarre, Ann Toebbe’s meticulous collages belong to the stay-at-home intimist tradition that begins with Édouard Vuillard’s Parisian interiors.”

While Toebbe’s 2013 series was dedicated to recreating her childhood home, this new series shifts to adulthood. Ms. Breckenridge recreates one of several homes Toebbe lived in, spent time in, or talked about, before or during marriage. While the furnishings read like intimate blueprints, their multi-point perspectives inject each environment with a sense of social commentary. Her interest in the home explores spatial tension as an outgrowth of kinship, family relations, shared living space, and shared memories.

Toebbe received an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art. She received a scholarship from DAAD, Universität der Kunst, Berlin, Germany (2005), and was awarded a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME (2000). Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at The Elmhurst Museum of Art (Chicago), Saatchi Gallery (London), Monya Rowe Gallery (NYC), Steven Zevitas Gallery (Boston), and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. She lives and works in Chicago.

LOT #7, Ben Weiner, Untitled (Codeine)

painted chromatography paper soak these monochromes in codeine solution
18″ x 22″
Value: $3,000
Courtesy of the artist
Frame courtesy of DaSilva Gallery

Painter, sculptor and video artist Ben Weiner (b.1980, Vermont) graduated from Wesleyan University in 2003, and completed an independent study in painting at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico. Jeff Koons Studio hired him as a painting assistant immediately out of school.

Untitled (Codeine) departs from Weiner’s early photorealist endeavors to explore a more recent fascination with properties of artificial materials that are invisible to the naked eye. This “drawing” is part of a new larger series in which Weiner paints chromatography paper a single color and then soaks these monochromes in various drug solutions, including Molly, 5-hour Energy, Vodka, and here, Codeine. The chemicals break down into prismatic patterns, reeingineering a drug’s perceivable influence and effect on the human body. The technique is similar to producing a chemigram—a type of experimental photograph invented in the 1950s in Belgium, in which artists applied paint to light-sensitive photo paper. The result is a work that probes into the dangers of using speed-enhacing drugs, but presents as a sublime watercolor painting.

Weiner’s work has been included in exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Carnegie Art Museum, The Riverside Art Museum, and Artspace. His work is in collections including Sammlung Mondstudio (Germany), Progressive Insurance (Ohio), and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation.

LOT #8, James Siena, Backs I-V

4 color lithographs
24 1/2″ x 23 1/2″
Value: $9,000 (for the suite of five)
Courtesy of the artist

“At a certain point I wanted to make drawings and works that act as machines…works that you have to find your way into and find your way out of. As you undo their making, they come to life.” – James Siena

New York based painter and sculptor James Siena makes work by following a series of self-imposed constraints. He establishes these “visual algorithms” before he begins, often creating one basic unit and one action, applying the action to the unit indefinitely. The end result is a geometric pattern of intensely concentrated, vibrantly colored, logical freehand geometries. For years he has investigated the imaginary space of programmers’ source and patterns through paint.

For Backs I-V, Siena found inspiration in a set of lithographic stones that were historically used to print old cigar labels. He used the stones as the backgrounds, drawing around the labels, and then tearing up his proofs to make new compositions. The titles commemorate their parent tobacco brands: Backs 1 (Ron Rico), Backs II (Henrietta), Backs III (Beach Nuts Macoma), Backs IV (Peerage), and Backs V (HAV-A-TAMPA). Each work’s irregular shape and handmade frame (made by Siena for Artspace), is incredibly rare, and carries the old world elegance of an artisan-rolled cigar.

Siena’s works are featured in many prestigious private and public collections across the U.S. including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Seina received the prestigious Tiffany Foundation Grant in 1995, and in 2000 was given an Art award by the American Academy of Arts. He is represented by Pace Gallery in New York.

LOT #9, Marion Belanger, Butterflies (Miami Blue)

archival pigment print
24” x 28”
Value: $3,000
Courtesy of the artist
Frame courtesy of Dwight Petersen

Photographer Marion Belanger is interested in environmental concepts of persistence and change. Butterflies (Miami Blue) is exemplary of the striking clarity of her images that retain believable depth and graceful detail. The artist encountered this tagged box of taxidermied butterflies during a Guggenheim Fellow-sponsored trip to the Everglades National Park. In the center of the Park lies a little known museum, which houses the small species, native to coastal areas of southern Florida. While once very common, Miami Blues have become critically endangered, and may be the rarest insect in the United States.

Belanger has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a John Anson Kittredge Award, an American Scandinavian Fellowship, and a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship. She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, at the Virginia Center for the Arts and at Everglades National Park. Belanger earned an MFA from the Yale University School of Art where she was the recipient of the John Ferguson Weir Award and the Schickle-Collingwood Prize. Her photographs are included in many permanent collections including the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Yale University of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography. She was the 2007 Photographer Laureate of Tampa, FL. Her first book of photographs from the Everglades, titled Outside and Within, with an essay by Susan Orlean, was released by the Center for American Places at Columbia College and the University of Georgia Press in 2009.

LOT #10, A Tranquil Stay at a Bucolic Italian Farmhouse

Value: $8,000

Unplug and enjoy a five-night stay at a peaceful Italian farmhouse. This traditional 18th century stone ‘casale’ was restored in 2001 in keeping with traditional Umbrian country architecture, and provides modern conveniences, such as a large pool and fully equipped kitchen. The five-acre grounds feature olive trees that produce world-renowned olive oil, as well as cherry trees, indigenous shrubs, an organic herb garden, and a vegetable garden—all sustenance to top off a fresh home made meal. Explore scenic country footpaths that wind their way to the charming towns nearby.

The house is located in Poilio, just outside the town of Guardea (Umbria), between Todi and Orvieto in a very peaceful setting overlooking the lake of Alviano – a World Wildlife Fund-protected area for its beauty, rare flora, and fauna. The major cultural attractions in Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio are just a short drive or train ride away.

A recent visitor had this to say about their stay: “The Villa was a magical place, rebuilt historically and in perfect shape. We could easily have accommodated another 6-8 people. Our family loved the privacy, the garden, fruit and olive trees, the amazing pool, the views, and breathtaking sunsets. The villas central location allowed us easy access to day trips all over the countryside. Our favorite part was coming home from a day trip to one of the surrounding towns to lounge around the pool eating bread, olives, cheese, wine, fruit and other goodies we bought during the day. It was really amazing.”

LOT #11, Liam Gillick, Supplementary Exchange Structure (New Haven)

paint on canvas with graphite notes on how the painting was made
2,5cm vertical 20.5cm x 25.4cm
Value: $15,000
Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

Following his studies in Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College in 1987, Liam Gillick became part of the so-called “YBAs,” a group of “Young British Artists” known for organizing artist-led exhibitions held in warehouses and factories around London. Together with Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Angela Bulloch and Henry Bond, Gillick pioneered this movement before moving to New York to pursue a conceptual practice that questions the politics of public space and power.

Using a combination of text, design and installations, Gillick raises questions about the way economic and social reality effect our lives. His interests generally lie in exploring alternate systems of negotiation and proposing open-ended questions so as to allow for the possibility of new and non-ideological answers. While text has always been an important starting point for Gillick’s work – he has written three novels, each of which then instigated various sculptural and installation works – it has as of late become a physical part of the work.

Supplementary Exchange Structure (New Haven) was created specially for the Artspace gala and proposes a simple red painting a stand-in for the US dollar. The placement of the work’s title on the side of the painting references his interest in Late Minimalist painters and sculptors who attempted to make their works totally objective, unexpressive, and non-referential. The work is sharp, self critical, and humorous. It harkens Gillick’s text-based works that say things like: “So where people this dumb before television?” (1988), and “The significance of this structure is still dependent upon structures outside art which I am too lazy to challenge”(1993).

Gillick has been included in numerous important exhibitions including Documenta and the Venice and Berlin Biennales. Solo museum exhibitions have taken place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate in London. His work is held in many important public collections including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Over the last twenty-five years Gillick has also been a prolific writer and critic of contemporary art – contributing to Artforum, October, Frieze and e-flux Journal. He is the author of a number of books including a volume of his selected critical writing. His public works include the British Government Home Office (Interior Ministry) building in London and the Lufthansa Headquarters in Frankfurt. Throughout this time Gillick has extended his practice into experimental venues and collaborative projects with artists including Philippe Parreno, Lawrence Weiner and Louise Lawler.

ded his practice into experimental venues and collaborative projects with artists including Philippe Parreno, Lawrence Weiner and Louise Lawler.

LOT #12, A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Richard Meier Model Museum at Mana Contemporary and a Richard Meier Print

Silkscreen collage in 7 colors with hand-coloring by the artist
Paper Type: 2-ply museum board
Value: $7,000
30” x 30”
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered by the artist in pencil
Printed and Published by Gary Lichtenstein Editions
Artwork courtesy Gary Lichtenstein and Richard Meier
Frame courtesy Hull’s Art Supply and Framing
Value (with custom frame): $5,250

RICHARD MEIER MODEL MUSEUM: The Richard Meier Model Museum, located on the 2nd floor of Mana Contemporary, displays more than 400 architectural models that span the entirety of the architect’s prolific career. The 15,000-square-foot museum is also home to Meier’s personal studio, research library, and gallery.

GARY LICHTENSTEIN EDITIONS AT MANA: Gary Lichtenstein is a master silkscreen printer who collaborates with artists to recreate their work, from paintings to collages, into limited-edition silkscreen prints. Housed on the 2nd floor of Mana Contemporary, the studio boasts 10,000-square-feet and includes a private viewing room and studio for Lichtenstein’s artist-collaborators.

MANA CONTEMPORARY is one of the largest and most innovative contemporary art organizations in the United States. Opened in May 2011, the center provides services, spaces, and programming for artists, collectors, curators, performers, students, and community. Mana utilizes a hive concept to serves as a catalyst for the integration and exchange of ideas between artists and leaders in the art world. Artists of diverse disciplines work alongside each other in a progressive campus environment which fosters experimentation, collaboration, and mutual inspiration.

Silent Auction Contributors

Elizabeth Livingston Alderman
Apasia Anos
Monique Atherton
Regan Avery
Cynthia Back
Cat Balco
David Borawski
Lee Boroson
Susan Breen
Hanni Bresnick
Alexis Brown
Robert Brush
Jennifer Burbank
Colin Burke
Jeremy Chandler
Susan Clinard
Chris Coffin
Jaclyn Conley
Megan Craig
Claudia Cron
Phyllis Crowley
JP Culligan
Linda Cummings
Jan Cunningham
Megan Czekaj
Jennifer Davies
Bill Delottie
Matthew Deleon
Kathleen DeMeo
Geoffrey Detrani
Tony Donovan
Karen Dow
Eileen Eder
Nancy Eisenfeld
Jon Elliott
Daniel Eugene
J. Henry Fair
Christopher Finch
Joan Fitzsimmons
Francine Funke
Ken Grimes
Stephen Grossman
Clymenza Hawkins
Debbie Hess
Susan Higgins
Andrew Hogan
Ellen Hoverkamp
Jana Ireijo
Lisa Kereszi
Janet Lage
Constance LaPalombara
Maria Lara-Whelpley
Julie Leff
Mary Lesser
Martha Lewis
Linda Lindroth
David Livingston
Beth Lovell
Willard Lustenard
Giles Lyon
Barbara Marks
Melissa Marks
Linn Meyers
Irene K. Miller
Meredith Miller
Christopher Mir
Roy Money
Dayan Moore
Lawrence Morelli
Jenny Herrick Morris
Edhu Nascimento & Cris Xavier
Alan Neider
Tim Nikiforuk
Jason Noushin
Rhea Nowak
Leah Oates
John O'Donnell
Christopher O'Flaherty
Patrick Oliphant
Jeff Ostergen
Liz Pagano
Morgan Post
Amy Pryor
Kristine Robinson
Margaret Roleke
Richard Rose
Mandolyn Wilson Rosen
Terry Rosenberg
Lawrence Russ
Alison Safford
Gerald Saladyga
Brian Sargent
Roxanne Faber Savage
Robin Sherin
Jessica Schwind Smolinkski
Joseph Smolinski
Thomas Stavovy
J.R. Uretsky
Jaime Ursic
Rita Valley
Kevin Van Aelst
Michael Van Winkle
Caterina Verde
Susan Walsh
Brian Walters
Jeanne Wilkinson
Mark Williams
Tammy Winser
Marjorie Wolfe
Jo Yarrington

Silent Auction “Experiences” and Special Item

Never Go Hungry Again

Spring has finally arrived and it’s time to emerge from your winter slumber. Here are 7 reasons to forgo making a mess in the kitchen. Treat yourself to 7 nights on the town instead! Gift certificates generously provided by the following New Haven establishments:

  • BAR — featuring the famous mashed potato pie, live music, sport-loving crowd, & the largest pool table you’ve ever seen.
  • Christy’s Irish Pub — featuring dark wood booths you can sink into, local charm, and a free T-Shirt
  • Fornarelli’s — new to Ninth Square, this family-owned Italian ristorante is worth a try!
  • Geronimo — featuring a trendy tequila bar, veranda seating, and innovative southwest grill fare
  • Meat & Co. — the Artspace staff can attest to the fact that there’s nothing more exciting than the $10 Monday lunch special at Meat & Co. This gift certificate covers the cost of a sandwich, chips, and beverage for six any day of the week.
  • Thali — in the heart of Ninth Square, this restaurant features the aromatic cuisine of India
  • Yorkside Pizza — after a night of dancing, stop by Yorkside for a slice, sub, or Greek dish.

Value: $375

Hang with Dancers Behind the Scenes

Get uplifted by Mark Morris Dance Group’s performance of Acis and Galatea at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Your premium seats will ensure that you get a VIP view on the opening night, June 19, 2015. After the performance, join the dancers and choreographers at an exclusive post-show reception.

The performance brings wit and musicality to Morris’s rethinking of Handel’s opera, which The New Yorker calls “a jewel in Morris’ crown”. Dance and music bring this story of love and tragedy to life, with costumes by fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, lighting by Michael Chybowski, and sets by Adrianne Lobel. Acclaimed conductor Nicholas McGegan, four vocal soloists, the Yale Collegium orchestra, and the Yale Choral Artists will accompany the dancers.

Value: $500

Find Nirvana in a Cocktail

If you’ve ever perused the menu at 116 Crown, you know they’re serious about cocktails. Join owner John Ginnetti, an expert mixologist and authority on all things spirit-related, for an informative and entertaining social event and learning experience. The Evolution of the Cocktail, from Classic to Contemporary, a class for six people, lets you sample some of the restaurant’s signature drinks while learning the stories behind them. Make sure to talk to Ginnetti about customizing your class to your group’s taste, linking it to a favorite spirit, genre, history, drink, or concept. The flexible design is heavenly, and up to you!

Value: $450

Build Your Dream

Design and construct your dream furniture or woodworking project under the expert guidance of master woodworker Jeff Carter, founder and owner of the Westmount Group. Package includes preliminary design at the drawing table with Jeff and two days creating your piece in his West Haven shop.

“What a wonderful experience! Jeff and his crew welcomed me into their shop and made an amateur feel like a craftsman. I am so proud of the bench I made (with lots of help!) and I had a ton of fun doing it.” – Anthony L., last year’s winner

Parent and child (over age 14), duos and couples are welcome.

Value: $2,000

Be an Art Student (Again)

Explore your creative side with a multi-session art class at Creative Arts Workshop in the Audubon Arts District. CAW offers classes and workshops for adults and young people in photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, pottery, digital media, book arts and more. Add to that some supplies to get you started: two 30″x 40″ linen gallery-wrapped canvases along with six 200ml (big tube) of Van Gogh oil paints and an assortment of brushes, courtesy Artist and Craftsman Supply.

Value: $900

Theater Hop ’til you Drop

Who needs Broadway when world-class theatres abound in Connecticut? Be whisked away to another time and place while viewing professional productions on each of these award-winning stages:

  • Hartford Stage — two tickets to any performance of An Opening in Time (September 17-23, 2015)
  • Long Wharf Theatre — two tickets to any production on stage now through April, 2016
  • Westport Country Playhouse — two tickets to any production of the 2015 season
  • Shubert Theater — two tickets to opening night of Million Dollar Quartet on Friday, June 12

Value: $550

Mind your Business, and your Body

Energize your business with a three-month membership at The Grove, a co-working space on Chapel Street for nonprofits and independents. The Grove provides all the technical amenities you need plus a creative environment that inspires networking and collaboration. Keep your body strong, update your look, and remain stress free as you cultivate your career, with these yoga classes, a consultation and cut at a hair salon, body products, and massage.

Value: $600

Get Animated by Mr. Biggs

Imagine: Your child’s name and image worked into the next project of bestselling children’s book author/illustrator Brian Biggs! Due to be published in 2017, Everything Goes has yet to be illustrated, and Biggs will name and design one of its characters in the likeness of you, your child, or a special person. The package includes autographed copies of 5 of Biggs’s published books. Biggs is the author and illustrator of the popular children’s series Everything Goes, and the underground comic Frederick $ Eloise. He has illustrated for the Roscoe Riley, Shredderman, and Brownie & Pearl series. Most notably, he’s partnered with author Jon Scieszka to illustrate Frank Einstein a New York Times bestselling sci-fi series. In addition to writing and drawing comics and graphic novels, Biggs’s illustrations have been published in several magazines, newspapers, and posters, and his designs have been integrated into toys and puzzles. He is noted for the design of the MoMA portal.

Value: $500

Discover Connecticut’s Rivers

Find a blanket, a sunny spot, and someone you love. This package basks in the romance of an old fashioned date. Remember the first time you visited Cloud 9? A bouquet of flowers from The Blossom Shop to set the scene A vintage bottle of red wine from Old Bin Wine & Spirit ($40)An array of fresh cheese from Caseus Your choice of grains from Sweet Mary’s Bakery A charming pewter cheese plate, shaped like a painter’s palette with a knife shaped like a paintbrush from Fairhaven Furniture (plus a gift card to spend as you please) Picnic fare from Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel (or a round of golf on the “Apple 9” course) Sugary treats from Ashley’s Ice Cream A box of soothing tea from Caf&eacute G.

Value: $500

Make Your House (and you) Happy

Give your home new life! Add a “cloudscape” lamp from Wave Gallery, and dress it to the nines with vintage home furnishings from Walker*Loden. Treat yourself to clothing or jewelry courtesy of Idiom Boutique.

Value: $325

Ski for a Season without Lines

Discover your personal paradise with a year of unlimited skiing and golfing at the Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain, a private (members only) club in southern Vermont. This exclusive 1,400-acre enclave offers a panorama of activities for every season, with deluxe accommodations and fine dining beckoning at the end of the day. Hermitage Club thrills with something for everyone – outside there are snowmobiling, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and 18 holes of challenging golf; indoors offers a games room, spa and wellness center, and five-star restaurant. The one-year introductory membership starts on April 25, 2015, and includes use of the Nordic ski & snowshoeing trails, ice-skating rink, tubing hill, fitness center and hot tubs, plus discounts on other amenities. Membership is non-transferrable and may not be shared by multiple families.

Value: $15,000

Enjoy a Loaf a Day

When you break Chabaso bread, the golden crust crackles. The moist interior is laced with exquisite bubbles of air. You smile as you chew. Using the finest natural ingredients and baked in European ovens according to old world traditions, Chabaso breads are celebrated throughout the Northeast. You’ll learn what goes into making this blissful ciabatta in a private bread-making class with Sandy Kim, award-winning artisan baker and head of product development at Chabaso. And best of all, enjoy it every day for a year — free! Pick up a loaf a day from Atticus bakery on Chapel Street, or a week’s supply from the outlet store on James Street. Make a dipping sauce with olive oil and vinegar from Extra Virgin and you have a meal.

Value: $1,800