OWN AN ORIGINAL: Patricia Mayhew Hamm’s Legacy Auction
longtime local artist will auction her work through the Heyde Center
author & photos by McKenna Scherer |
With an art career spanning more than 50 years, Patricia Mayhew Hamm has created hundreds of pieces, and soon more than 100 of those will be up for auction. Each piece is 50% off or more, the Heyde Center for the Arts handling the auction – set to begin at 8am on Sept. 19 – through an auction website.
The Heyde Center was also the scene for Mayhew Hamm’s first-ever retrospective exhibit which wrapped up Aug. 17 and included upwards of 50 pieces. As she moves through some life changes, Mayhew Hamm is downsizing, and hopes to pass on some of her work to others in the community and beyond.
An integral force in the beginnings of the the Banbury Art Crawl and a well-known arts workshop teacher and member of the Eau Claire Regional Art Center, Mayhew Hamm has crafted more than 1,200 paintings over the years. Now in her 80s, her art career is nowhere near over, but room must be freed up to swing in the new. “I could no more stop being an artist, than I could stop breathing,” she states on her website.
The Legacy Art Auction will be held Sept. 19-30. Winners will be able to pick up their pieces from the Heyde Center beginning Monday, Oct. 3, or can have them shipped at an additional cost. Through the auction website, folks can preview the pieces that will be available during the auction, with prices starting at $100.
The auction not only will benefit Mayhew Hamm but also the Heyde Center, which hopes to invest in better hanging and lighting systems, which will further benefit the artists who exhibit there.