Put-in-Bay Tree Art To Be Auctioned

Did you ever want to own a unique piece of real island artwork and at the same time help preserve a bit of cherished island history? Your opportunity will be here on Friday, September 7th, when about 20 pieces of Put-in-Bay Tree Art using wood from the new Jose de Rivera Put-in-Bay tree carving in DeRivera Park will be auctioned off at the Crew’s Nest. Jose de Rivera purchased the island in 1854 and sold off parcels to grape growers who helped make the islands what they are today.

Curator Dan Savage got permission to collect many of the large pieces of the oak which the stump carver sawed out and was discarded as his chainsaw created the statue of island pioneer Jose de Rivera. Dan then asked some of the most talented island artists and craftspeople to come up with creative ideas for Put-in-Bay Tree Art from what he was able to salvage.  The tree which was estimated to be about 230 years old. Viewing of the various pieces will start outside on the Crew’s Nest patio at 4:30 p.m., at the same time happy hour begins.

Anyone, not just Crew’s Nest members will be able to join in the fun, plus drink tickets will be available. There will also be a buffet set up
for the event. The auction is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. In case of iffy weather, the event will be moved inside, so don’t let that deter you from attending the worthwhile event. There will be about 20 pieces to bid on, each one of a kind which can never be duplicated. Each item auctioned off will come with a certificate of authenticity.

The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum is a non-profit organization which strives to promote the history of the Lake Erie Islands. It
raises funds to operate through donations, admissions to its museum, sales at its Resale Shop which is supported by donation items, memberships, the golf cart trips to North Bass Island every other year, and fundraisers including its annual historical auction in August, beer and wine sales at the Put-in-Bay Music Festival in June, and the silent auction at the Put-in-Bay Wine Festival in October.

If you haven’t had a chance to get to the museum lately, you should plan now to do so. There’s an impressive collection of items and displays
which highlight the rich past of the islands.