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Museum sets auction for art, artifacts of late American painter

By Glenn Evans
Oct. 2, 2013 at 10 p.m.


Art and artifacts belonging to the late American painter and Longview resident Velox Ward are among hundreds of items set for auction Saturday at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts.

The nonprofit museum also is recipient of artwork and furnishings from the estate of John and Ann Dean Turk.

Along with several pieces of art, the sealed-bid auction includes rugs, lamps, drafting tools, Thomas Kinkaid and "Star Trek" collector plates, walking sticks and canes, religious icons, tables and other household items.

Many household items were combined into "assemblages," artistic arrangements of seemingly unrelated items into frames or onto platforms.

Ward Sr. (1901-94) was a Franklin County native who settled in Longview. A hobbyist encouraged by his children's response to his paintings, Ward sold his work from his shoe repair shop until he was successful enough to devote himself to full-time painting and exhibits such as at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

Ward's son, Velox Jr., lived in the family home on Stardust Street in Pine Tree until he died in July one week shy of his 89th birthday. Velox Jr. was an artist in his own right, and some of his work is included in the sale.

"He was very eclectic," Museum Director Renee Hawkins said of the son. "His dad was the well-known artist."

The Turk collection adds a strong Western flavor to the bid items.

A cache of Egyptian collectibles, gathered by a local woman and left to the museum, rounds out the sale list.

Proceeds from Saturday's sale will boost the museum's building fund.

"When you come in, we give you a bid sheet," Hawkins said. "We want you to look at this as an estate sale - not a garage sale. And we want you to give us your best price."

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