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Original Fine Art by
No Longer Living Delaware Artists
Selected from the Collection of Elisa and Dick Poole

100% of Proceeds Benefit the Delaware Historical Society

Elisa and Dick Poole have been collecting art for 50 years, since shortly before they were married, when they bought their first painting together, an original watercolor of a woods scene by the still active artist Carolyn Blish.   She had donated her painting for a benefit auction at Wanamaker’s Scarlett Ribbon Day sponsored by the Junior League of Wilmington, but only Elisa and Dick showed up for the sale, bidding $8.00.  The sale was postponed until someone else arrived, and in the end Elisa and Dick paid $11.00.

On their 40th Wedding Anniversary, the Pooles opened AerieArt Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, having accumulated many more paintings than walls to hang them on.  However, purchases continued to outpace sales, so they decided -- Dick having been a DHS Trustee and twice Chairman -- to donate for this sale 25 of their favorite paintings by less well-known Delaware artists who deserve to be remembered and collected.

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The sale will be held Thursday - Saturday, April 4-6, at Old Town Hall, on the Willingtown Campus of the DHS at 6th and Market streets in Wilmington, Delaware. The Pooles will fix a “Buy-It-Now” price for each piece, representing the retail price of the artwork at AerieArt Gallery, allowing an immediate purchase without the risk of being overbid. But any lesser amount will be considered, including an increase over a previous offer. Elisa and Dick will be the sole judges of when to accept an offer, or to retain any painting if a sufficient bid is not forthcoming.

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Thursday, April 4, 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - Champagne Reception and Fine Art Preview and Sale - $25/person
Friday, April 5, 11:00 A.M. - 8:30 P.M. - Including Wilmington Art Loop beginning at 5:00 P.M.- Free
Saturday, April 6, 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. - Free

Old Town Hall, 504 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801
(302) 655-7161