June 4, 2012
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Blast from the Past -  Art Collection of Mary Jo & Dick Bell 


Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd is holding its Two-Day Summer Estate Auction that

Herb Jackson
Herb Jackson, "Talisman IV"
will include the personal collection of Mary Jo and Dick Bell, formerly from Raleigh.   The auction begins on Friday,  June 15th, at 7:00 pm, starting with Session I, the Bell's Collection (Lots 1-114). Session II is the Fine & Decorative Arts Auction (Lots 115-736) beginning on Saturday, June 16th, at 9:00 am.  And ending with Session III: Rare & Fine Wine Auction (Lots 2001-2373) on Saturday, June 16th, at 5:00 pm.


Raleigh History 101: Mary Jo and Dick Bell have been avid collectors of North Carolina art since Mary Jo opened the former Garden Gallery in the Water Garden complex on Highway 70 in Raleigh in the 1960's. Determined to support and advocate North Carolina artists, their personal collection represents most of the state's finest artists.


The Bells lived and worked at Water Garden from 1955 until 2008 and then moved to Atlantic Beach,

Laura Grosch,
Laura Grosch, "Dahlias & Zinnias"
NC.  A master landscape architect, Dick Bell created Water Garden as Raleigh's first mixed-use development.  It included their residence, his offices, Garden Gallery and other leased office spaces, and represented Bell's naturalistic approach to landscape all nestled under mature trees by the side of two ponds on less than a dozen acres off Highway 70 West just outside Raleigh.



Those of you fortunate enough to have shopped at the Garden Gallery may remember the great taste that Mary Jo and Dick had in their art selections and artists they represented.  Many of those beloved artists are no longer living, but their art remains some of the best of North Carolina.  This Leland Little Auction will give you the opportunity to purchase some of your favorites.

A.B. Jackson,
A. B.  Jackson, "Ghent Lady"


Sneak Peak: Here are a just a few of our favorites that will be auctioned off on Friday June 15th.

A. B. Jackson (VA, 1925-1981), "Ghent Lady" acrylic on canvas, unsigned, presented in a molded gilt frame.  Born to an Irish mother and black father in Connecticut, Jackson was educated at Yale but called Virginia home.  The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk mounted a large retrospective of his work following his untimely death in 1981.  Mary Jo was drawn to Jackson's work in part because he "loved to draw and paint people in their natural surroundings, not posing, but just enjoying their environment.  She remembers Jackson as having "so much talent and his work was so superior that when you were in his presence you were filled with awe."  This painting and lot 60, its companion piece, are considered to be Jackson's masterpieces.  Dick and Mary Jo both believe this is a portrait of the artist's mother.


Black & White Photograph by Nona Short (NC), titled "Manteo to the mainland, waiting for the

Nona Short,
Nona Short, "Manteo to the mainland"

drawbridge," signed and dated 1989 at lower right, matted and framed under glass.  Nona Short was one of the early photographic artists featured at Mary Jo's Garden Gallery.  In 1977 they mounted a two man show featuring her works and those of Joe Cox.


Laura Grosch (b. 1945), "Dahlias & Zinnias" acrylic on canvas, all three panels are signed on verso "Grosch Oct. 1968 \ 1969 Jan.," unframed.  Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1945, Laura Grosch has long called North Carolina home.  She has exhibited extensively throughout the state in galleries and museums, including the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art and the Mint Museum.  Both she and her husband, Herb Jackson, have been instrumental in the North Carolina arts scene.  Dick believes that Laura did this triptych as an ode to Georgia O'Keefe.


Horace Farlowe (NC, 1933-2006), Untitled, large marble sculpture, with trapezoidal pedestal.

Horace Farlowe, Untitlled
Horace Farlowe, Untitlled

Considered by many to be North Carolina's master sculptor - one can certainly understand how Farlowe's early study of architecture allows his incredible marble sculptures to appear effortlessly constructed and visually, certainly not materially, weightless.


Herb Jackson (NC), "Talisman IV", acrylic on canvas, signed and dated 1981 on the verso, unframed. A Raleigh native, Herb Jackson's paintings are in over 100 museum collections.  He has also exhibited throughout the world.  The Bells purchased this painting at a show of Jackson's work in the Student Center Gallery at Wake Forest University in the mid-1980s.


For more information on the Two-Day Summer Estate Catalogued Auction:  Click Here to view catalogue.  

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. 620 Cornerstone Ct. Hillsborough, NC, 27278. Ph: 919-644-1243, Website.


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Aaaand ... Action!   Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy begins June 13


Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy approaches its eighth season with seven outstanding musicals, comedies and dramas.  Things are "heating up" starting June 13 as the producers have Hot Summer Nightscombined some of the best talent from both North Carolina and New York for this critically acclaimed series.  Broadway star and Raleigh local, Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Les Misérables, Sunset Boulevard) is the company's Producing Artistic Director along with her Executive Director husband, Tony Award® nominated actor Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard, Contact).  The Kennedy and Fletcher Opera Theatres are located at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts (2 E South Street, Raleigh).  Click Here for info and tickets (season or singles).


Boeing, Boeing: June 13-24; Kennedy Theatre
Boeing boeingFasten Your Seat Belts for Boeing-Boeing!  In Broadway's first class comedy, an architect living in Paris has been successfully juggling three flight attendant fiancées with his housekeeper reluctantly playing romantic air-traffic controller as they fly in and out of his swank bachelor pad.  But when an old school pal visits, things get rather turbulent.  Schedules change, flights are delayed and chaos ensues in this hilarious whirl of mayhem and matchmaking.  Note: the June 13 & 14 shows are sold out.


Dames at Sea: July 5 - 15; Kennedy Theatre
In this toe-tapping uproarious musical comedy, a group of performers are preparing for their Dames at seaupcoming show, Dames At Sea.  Right before the show is to open on Broadway, the theatre is sold and the troupe of actors and dancers need to find a new venue.  With they're gumption and 'the show must go on attitude', they find a way to perform their show on a ship docked in the local port. The Diva gets sea-sick and the ingénue earns her chance to become a star!


RACE: July 25 - August 5; Kennedy Theatre
From the writer of Oleanna and Glengarry Glen Ross.  When a wealthy white man is charged with a crime against a black woman, a multi-racial law firm is offered the chance to defend him.  Perception is everything in this smart, biting and funny expose on modern racial relations.


Avenue Q, the Musical: August 15 - 19; Kennedy Theatre
AvenueQWritten by The Book Of Mormon's Robert Lopez, this Tony-winning musical Avenue Q is a hilarious and heartfelt story of a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York with big dreams and little money.  He can only afford to live on Avenue Q but-good news!-his neighbors turn out to be a remarkably funny bunch of characters.


OH, WHAT A NIGHT 2: August 31 - September 3; Fletcher Opera Theatre
Come celebrate Broadway with the annual concert event featuring a whole new crop of songs from all the hottest shows on Broadway that are "too big" to produce at Hot Summer Nights!  You can expect songs from Jersey Boys, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, Les Mis, Jesus Christ Superstar and so much more...starring all your favorite stars from Raleigh and New York!!!


Souvenir: October 3 - 14; Kennedy Theatre
Lisa Jolley stars as the legendary incapable coloratura Florence Foster Jenkins in this new comedy with music.  Jenkins was a prominent heiress who believed that she understood better than anyone else how to properly sing.  In this bittersweet comedy of recollection, her 'longtime accompanist' recalls lovingly what it was like to play along for so many years.


August Osage County: November 29 - December 10; Fletcher Opera Theatre
This 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning masterpiece is a grand, gripping new play which tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead when the alcoholic patriarch disappears.  Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with Violet, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled grandmother at the center of this storm.




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The Raleigh Beehive Girls First Meetup!  Thursday, June 28th from 5:30pm until 7:00pm..  Hey Future Beehive Girls!  Are you ready to just let loose and have a great evening? It's time to call your best gals and let them know where to be and let your hair down! Call a babysitter, get it down in your books, put it on your smart phone calendar and don't double bo...ok!! Do NOT miss this first event of the Raleigh's First Beehive Girls Meetup!  Prizes, Gift Cards, free stuff will be well worth your time... oh yea... one more thing, CASH BAR!!! yes, get yo'drink on (responsibly).  We can't wait to meet you and "celebrate the power of girlfriends"!  The London Bridge Pub, 110 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 Click Here to RSVP. 


Pens and Needles Studio: Grand Opening! Sewing Classes for Teens, Preteens and Adults. Call to sign up and to get more information at (919) 412-0617 or Email Pens and Needles located at 518 Pershing Road, Raleigh 27608.


Allen ClappGrand Opening New Art Gallery: Newly open Tipping Paint Gallery houses accomplished Raleigh artists with a broad range of styles and media in an inviting atmosphere. Don't miss the grand opening on June 15th 6-10 pm. at 428 South McDowell Street, next to Poole's Diner, across from the Raleigh Convention Center. For more information: Website. 



Hunt & Gather Corn Pitcher Hunt & Gather on Bernard Street holds a Save After Six Shopping Night on the third Thursdays of each month.  On the third Thursday of each month you will find great markdowns, refreshments, and friendly faces at Hunt & Gather, 1910 Bernard Street, Raleigh 27608.  

From 6:00 to 8:00 pm, many dealers will have 20% and more off on selected items. Don't miss this opportunity!  Website. 

Triangle Restaurant Week - Monday, June 4th through Sunday, June 10th.  Enjoy special three-course dinners at participating restaurants.  $20 and $30 Dinner specials.  Click Here for more info. w HHHH

Kenna Custom Painting, Inc.  is available to tackle your residential painting needs.  With their great crews that perform very professional jobs on residential homes, you won't believe Paint Sampleshow quiet and unobtrusive they are.  So if you have that "itch" to freshen up your home, interior or exterior before springtime, contact them now.  Call 919-855-0082 or Email:  Website. 




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