Benefit 2020 Auction Items: Jon Manteau’s ‘Beethoven at 13’

Beethoven was one of the first punk rockers. Feel free to fight me on this but hear me out! He pioneered the romantic era of classical music and broke the rules that were in place for several years. While the classification “romantic” may sound soft and cute, Beethoven composed some serious headbangers. He didn’t follow societal norms or abide by the class system, to the annoyance of many stuffy 19th century social circles. But because of his superb genius, they put up with his rule-breaking attitude. 

Ludwig van Beethoven at 13, Jon Manteau
Auction Item #123

Artist Jon Manteau’s Ludwig van Beethoven at 13 (auction #123) captures the spirit that Beethoven embodied. By graffitiing a formal portrait of Beethoven, Manteau reframes how we see the musical prodigy. Manteau rebels from conventional portraiture in this work, the way Beethoven rebelled against musical norms, and we as 13 year olds rebelled against our parents.

Come bid on Manteau’s piece at our 2020 Benefit, one of many fabulous artworks included in this year’s silent auction! Buy tickets for January 31st and/or February 1st. Can’t make it to the event? Bid online!

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human experience. Melinda Steffy’s RUINATION DAY series (acrylic on wood panel) deconstructs folk and blues songs that reference the date April 14, which is when Lincoln was shot, the Titanic hit the iceberg, and the Black Sunday dust storm devastated the Midwest. Melinda Steffy’s BACH PROJECT series (watercolor on paper) converts classical music by J.S. Bach and Bela Bartok into grids and pie charts. Rather than hear one note after the other through time, the paintings show all of the notes and rhythms simultaneously on one visual plane.
Melinda Steffy
Melinda Steffy

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring…

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human…

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human experience. Melinda…

Something magical happens when Sally immerses herself within color and movement. She considers herself a lifelong artist, expressing herself through various media, including acrylics, works on paper, collage, mixed media, and photography.
Sally K. Eisenberg
Sally K. Eisenberg

Something magical happens when Sally immerses herself within color and movement. She considers herself a lifelong artist,…

Something magical happens when Sally immerses herself within color and movement. She considers herself a lifelong artist, expressing herself through various media, including acrylics, works on paper, collage,…

Something magical happens when Sally immerses herself within color and movement. She considers herself a lifelong artist, expressing herself through various media, including acrylics, works on paper, collage, mixed media,…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and city streets. In work ranging from large scale sculptural installations, and living compilations, to miniature assemblage and mixed media works on paper, nature is my rubric and my compass. This is the way I make connections between human interests and the environment that surrounds us. 

Simultaneously, nature is my metaphor and material. Grafting together a variety of flat and dimensional elements is not uncommon in my practice.
In different ways, I'll incorporate earth, vines, flowers, roots, seeds, pigment, and wax into sculpture, and mixed media works on paper, more akin to assemblage. Nature and plants frequently act as metaphors for our human experience as they are passively or overtly layered or stitched amidst found imagery, maps, photographs, and words.
Susan Benarcik
Susan Benarcik

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences,…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and…

David Scott Slovic, 77, of Philadelphia, a prominent architect who designed a number of buildings around the city, died July 23, 2018.
David Slovic
David Slovic

David Scott Slovic, 77, of Philadelphia, a prominent architect who designed a number of buildings around the city, died July…

David Scott Slovic, 77, of Philadelphia, a prominent architect who designed a number of buildings around the city, died July 23, 2018.…

David Scott Slovic, 77, of Philadelphia, a prominent architect who designed a number of buildings around the city, died July 23, 2018.…

Art that playfully employs found images, biomorphic shapes, photo transfer and collage in somewhat surreal, abstracted landscapes/cityscapes, enriched with various media such as water color, acrylic, and colored pencil. Nature is a source of joy and also concern.
Rosalind Bloom
Rosalind Bloom

Art that playfully employs found images, biomorphic shapes, photo transfer and collage in somewhat surreal, abstracted landscapes/cityscapes,…

Art that playfully employs found images, biomorphic shapes, photo transfer and collage in somewhat surreal, abstracted landscapes/cityscapes, enriched with various media such as water color, acrylic, and…

Art that playfully employs found images, biomorphic shapes, photo transfer and collage in somewhat surreal, abstracted landscapes/cityscapes, enriched with various media such as water color, acrylic, and colored pencil. Nature…

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