By Michele DeLuca
Niagara Gazette — A 1903 Fredric Remington sculpture called "The Mountain Man," will be among the upscale offerings at an antiques and fine art auction to benefit the Community Missions at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The auction is being held to support the work of the mission, which is currently struggling to accommodate a rise in numbers, according to Don Luce, director of public relations for the Buffalo Avenue non-profit.
"It's a tough time for the Community Missions," said Luce. "We're getting more people than we've ever gotten before and it's becoming increasingly difficult to raise money to help them."
The sculpture is one of the highlights of the auction offerings, Luce said. It features a fur trapper riding a horse down a mountain and it has been said that Remington, whose many 19th century sculptures depicted the American west, hoped to convey a dizzying sense of height to make the viewer feel they were on the side of the mountain with the trapper.
The statue will be among 200 or more items for auction donated by friends of the mission. There will also be about 400 items for immediate sale.
"People have been so generous" said Luce, of those who provide auction items for the annual event.
Also being auctioned off are a 1920s Wallace Nutting-signed color photograph of a leaf strewn brook, as well as china, glass wear, porcelain dolls, paintings, quilts, mirrors, lamps, rocking chairs and other antiques and fine art.
Among the paintings is a work donated by former board member Peggy Addoms. The painting, which depicts a girl holding a bouquet of flowers and an open letter, is a 1890s creation of John B. Whittaker, one of the founders of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and a great uncle of Addom's husband, Hallett.
"You look at that painting and you say to yourself, is it good news or bad," said Peggy who noted that the painting was hung in the family dining room for many years. "I couldn't decide whether it made me sad or happy," she added.
The auction will support the mission's crisis services program including the soup kitchen, homeless shelter, Mark's Place home for people living with AIDS and more. The mission provides about 70,000 meals each year, and serves more than 500 individuals and families in need.
Along with the auction, tThere will also be a jewelry sale. Viewing of the items for auction will begin at 12:15 p.m. Sunday. The auction will start at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 per person or $15 a couple. There will also be a sampling of international hors d'oeuvres including French, Italian, Vietnamese, Indian, Danish and other delicacies.
The event is being held at First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. For more information contact Luce at 285-3403, ext. 2226.