Saugstad collection for sale

A collection of more than 200 pieces of artwork, assembled over 50 years by Minot’s most ardent arts promoter, will be sold at a two-day event at the Taube Museum of Art next week.

The Taube and family members of the late Arlene Saugstad are making her collection available to the public in a silent auction and sale Monday and Tuesday at the Taube. The event run from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, with food and wine served at a “Remember Arlene” reception Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

“If you want to have a remembrance of Arlene and continue her legacy, stop in and check out her artwork,” said Nancy Walter, executive director at the Taube.

The Taube will receive a commission on sales, continuing Saugstad’s philantrophic work to promote the arts in Minot. Saugstad died March 16, 2014, two months shy of her 102nd birthday.

A remembrance of her at the time noted: “Her record of involvement and promotion in the community is exhaustive. There is little that she entered into in which she did not wind up as president or chairman or stage manager or the one people went to for help. She organized and orchestrated countless events that functioned both as entertainment and fundraisers.”

She was a charter member of the Minot Art Association and chaired its annual art auction for many years. She won an award in a juried art show. She also was a recipient of the governor’s state art award for promotion of art in the Minot area. She was a member of the Minot Area Council of the Arts and the North Dakota Council of the Arts.

Saugstad served on the board at the Taube and assisted with many fundraisers. She used to volunteer every Thursday until the last five years, Walter said.

Saugstad’s personal art collection includes items that she had been given or purchased from events such as the Minot Art Association art shows. The collection includes a number of pieces by local or regional artists, including Floyd Fairweather, Susan Davy, Kelly Hendershot, Judy Bell, Judy Greenwood and others.

The collection includes silkscreen, oil, acrylic, water color, mixed media, photography, pen and ink raku, textile, ceramic, etching, stained glass and prints.

“You name it. It’s here,” Walter said.

Some pieces will be sold outright throughout the two days. For items in the silent auction, bids will be taken until about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, when artwork will be released to high bidders.