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Hill-Stead’s 26th Annual Benefit Dinner Auction, Diamonds in the Rough

May 24, 2018, 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Benefit Dinner Auction

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Join us under the grand tent on Hill-Stead’s West Lawn for one of the area’s finest live and silent benefit dinner auctions. Food, wine and outstanding company await, alongside fabulous works of art, jewelry, fine wines, and unique experiences up for bid including:

  • A 7-night stay for 8 at a private beachfront home in Manzanillo, Mexico
  • Tickets for 2 to a live taping of America’s Got Talent in Los Angeles and passes to Universal Studios Hollywood
  • A catered gourmet dinner for 12 in your home
  • Preview Fabulous Auction Items

We hope you can attend! All proceeds help ensure the museum’s collection of fine and decorative art and spectacular historic property are accessible to all throughout the year.


Monet’s Circle Patron  $500; Supporter  $250

Benefit Auction
Preview Auction Items

A Sampling of the Fine Art

Original Artwork by Emily Buchanan
Emily Buchanan studied painting at Lyme Academy, The National Academy of Art, and with the Boston school painter Paul Ingbretson. She painted the official 2014 White House Holiday card, described as “exquisitely rendered” by Architectural Digest. Her work is widely collected in both private and corporate collections. This beautiful work measuring 12” x 24” is titled The Dunes. Value: $4,000

Original Portrait Drawn by Jack Montmeat
Nationally acclaimed portrait artist Jack Montmeat will provide a 2 1/2 to 3-hour sitting for a detailed “head study” of the model of your choice (family member, beloved friend, or you!). The composition will be done in charcoal and pencil on an 18″ x 24″ sheet of fine art paper. Mr. Montmeat studied at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and earned a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art and Design, receiving a BFA in illustration. His work is exhibited in private and public collections throughout Connecticut and New York, and has been awarded by the Portrait Society of America, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and the Stobart Foundation, among others. Value: $1,200

Original Oil by Katherine Simmons
Developing a reputation for her sensuous landscapes and deft brushwork, Katherine Simmons has a following extending beyond her Connecticut base. Ms. Simmons is an elected artist member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and the Lyme Art Association. Already represented in the collections of leading corporations, here’s your opportunity to welcome a Katherine Simmons into your private collection. This 12” x 16” is titled Seaside Meditation. Value: $1,200

Lori Warner Archival Print
An encaustic painter and master printmaker in monotype, Lori Warner is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate who exhibits and teaches internationally. Warner uses form and color to maintain the basic feel of a landscape in her work, and the unique marks and layers inherent in the medium of printmaking allow her to straddle the line of representation and abstraction in nature. This piece is titled Bonefish 06 and is a limited edition framed archival print. Value: $950

Our grateful thanks to our sponsors




Rossmore Private Capital 



Udal & Associates

Additional Support

Hometown Foundation

Lux Bond & Green

NBC Connecticut

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