OTISFIELD — The East Otisfield Free Baptist Church is holding a silent auction of a Jean Randall print, titled “Parking Lot Flowers,” that was donated to the Scholarship Fund by Marian Culbert who, along with Rev. Gertrude De Coteau, started the fund.

The print is approximately 8 by 8 inches, is double matted and framed to approximately 14 by 14 inches. It features yellow flowers against concrete and a brick wall. The composition is unusual. It is no. 6 out of eight prints and is signed.

It will be on view at the July 19 Flamingos and Fleas Sale at the Otisfield Community Hall.

Jean’s family, the Harrisons, stayed at the Cape on Lake Thompson in East Otisfield when she was a child in the mid 1950s. Later, she and her husband brought their children to the Cape along with friends from Connecticut where they lived. Like many who enjoyed Otisfield as children, she returned to Otisfield to live. She designed her own home, a passive solar contemporary building with a studio on Forrest Edwards Road.

She made prints of houses, barns and nature of the surrounding area. Her method was to draw the outline of her composition, carve woodblocks, roll the colors on the woodblocks and print about 10 images of each idea. She then burned her woodblocks so each set would be a limited edition. Jean died in 1984.

This print was bought by Coteau and given to Marian Culbert. It has been appraised. The minimum bid is $60. To see the print before the sale, call 330-8217 for an appointment. The bids will be opened on July 20 and the buyer notified by phone.

Send bids to: East Otisfield Free Baptist Church, 231 Rayville Road, Otisfield, ME, 04270. Mark the envelope Randall Print Bid, please. Include your name, address, phone number and email address along with your bid.

The Scholarship Fund has awarded eight scholarships to local college students this year. Major fundraisers are the Flamingos and Fleas Sale, the third Saturday in July at the Otisfield Community Hall on Route 121, and the Christmas Sale the first Saturday in December.


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