Those looking to own a piece of artwork from renowned Kokomo artist Ida Gordon will have plenty of options to choose from this weekend.
The work and possessions of Gordon will be available for purchase during an estate sale in Nashville, Indiana. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Gordon’s home at 336 Indiana 135 North, Nashville.
Many of Gordon’s paintings, sketches and sculptures will be up for auction in addition, to furniture, home décor, silverware, china and tools from her home and art studio.
“There has to be at least 50 different original paintings,” said Lee Parsons of Aether Estate Sales Co., which will be conducting the sale. “There’s a wide range of paintings, both large and small, including some of her sketches and even her easel and art supplies.”
Gordon was born in Sharpsville in 1903 and lived in the Kokomo area for 41 years. Her work is characterized as impressionistic, with paintings going for as much as $24,000 in the past, Aether Estate Sales reported. Gordon passed away in 1983 at her Florida home.
She was educated at Indiana University and studied portraiture in New York and Paris at the American Academy. She would go on to spend the next 20 years in Brown County, during which time she painted more than 1,000 canvases, averaging 150 per year.
She was most well-known for her floral still life paintings, many of which were painted from arrangements of flowers that her husband grew at their home. She also painted landscapes, seascapes and noteworthy portraiture.
“She was impressionistic in the Monet style, with long, vibrant brush strokes,” Parsons said. “During the preparation for the sale and going through the house, we found paintings behind furniture, in the rafters of the basement and in corners of closets.”
Parsons noted that Gordon’s works and possessions will be available at reasonable prices and won’t be marked up.
“With the pricing structure, you’re getting really good deals,” he said. “It’s not like antiques when things are marked up, all the items are priced to sell.”
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