Transylvania County Arts Council to Raffle a Picasso for Winter Fund Raiser

The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC is raffling off a Picasso for their Winter Fundraiser. Raffle tickets are just $100 each. Only 600 tickets are to be sold! A minimum of 300 tickets needs to be sold to hold the drawing. This Picasso is valued at $28,500 and is in excellent-perfect condition. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Park West Gallery and an original invoice of purchase. The piece is entitled Enlèvement, à cheval (Abduction on Horseback). It is an etching on BFK Rives paper with full margins. Signed in pencil and numbered: dated plate 9 June 1968 III (in reverse). This Picasso is #45 from the edition of 50. This unique artwork was donated by a member of the Transylvania County community. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of TC Arts said, “The donor wanted to see the artwork stay in the area as well as benefit the Arts in our community.”

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In his ninth decade, Picasso created the remarkable group of etchings known as the 347 series in less than seven months. From March 16 to October 5, 1968. He collaborated in his private studio near Cannes with the master printers Piero and Aldo Crommelynck, who brought in a special press from their atelier in Paris. While combining different cultures, icons and periods in this series, Picasso was able to create a unifying theme throughout; that of the narrator and observer rather than participant. The works are a panorama of compelling imagery, many charged with an erotic tone. Picasso’s command of the challenging techniques of etching, engraving, dry-point and aquatint are revealed forcefully in this 347 works, along with the highly personal and facile drawing ability he possessed in his late years.

Commenting on the series, Picasso said, “I spend hour after hour while I draw, observing my creatures and thinking about the mad things they’re up to; basically it’s my way of writing fiction.” The availability of this rare work from the 347 series (limited to only 50 examples), offers one of the finest collecting opportunities present to those seeking to acquire original works by Picasso.

Edition: # 45/50, numbered in pencil lower left

Signature Info: Hand signed in pencil lower right; Dated in the plate 9 June 1968 III (in reverse)

Frame Description: Framed with Plexiglass; Ornate gold and black frame with double tiered white linen matting and gold fillet

Retail Gallery Price: $28,500 (current 2010 appraisal)

Picassa Art to be raffled by Transylania County Arts Council

The raffle drawing will be held on February 12, 2011 at the Heart of Brevard’s Dancing with Our Stars Event. Proceeds from the raffle will support TC Arts Council’s youth programs including Arts-In-Schools, Summer Art Camp, Teen Film Camp and Kids Art Day. The Transylvania Community Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization with the mission “To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County.” TC Arts is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. For more information call the TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787 or email