An important collection of Hal Lott limited edition serigraphs and working decoys to benefit the Island Theatre and Island Community House.
Island Community House and the historic Island Theatre present a fine collection of Hal Lott serigraphs celebrating Chincoteague's famous pony swim, and the Eastern Decoy Festival. Also included in this auction is a collection of working decoys, mostly from the Eastern Shore / mid Atlantic regions, and assorted objects and art. The items in this benefit auction were graciously donated by Mr. William Spann and others.
Hal Lott was born just the other side of some sand dunes off the Atlantic Ocean near the seaport of Swansea, Wales, Great Britain. He came to the USA with his family at the age of seven. It took him the next 53 years to get back to the sand dunes! Hal and his wife, Claire, also an artist, now live on Main Street on Chincoteague Island, in an old waterman’s cottage that is still in the process of becoming their home and the small shop called LOTTS’ ARTS AND THINGS.
Hal spent 33 years as an art educator. He has taught art from the preschool level through graduate level courses. The last 15 years of his professional career was as the Consultant in Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education. He was an honors graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His graduate studies include Loyola College, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, and Columbia University in New York. He was awarded a John Hay Fellowship in the Humanities to Columbia University, where he completed his Doctor of Education program in 1965.
Along with his academic work, Hal has been a commercial artist, book illustrator, graphic designer, and an exhibiting artist in watercolors, oil paints, silk screen prints, and a variety of sculpture media. Today, Hal Lott is a gardener, surf fisherman, carpenter, janitor for Lott’s Arts and Things, Committee Chairman and active camper with Troop 323 of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary to the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chairman of the Annual Chincoteague Easter Decoy Festival, Chairman of the Hot Dog Stand at the Annual Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Oyster Festival…and an enthusiastic supporter of the Island’s talented duck carvers.
Since 1982, Hal has designed and printed each year an original “collector’s edition” silk-screen poster for the Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim and the Annual Chincoteague Easter Decoy Festival. The limited edition, numbered and singed, silk=-screen (serigraph) print begins with a pencil drawing of the design and the lettering. The drawing is translated into a separate stencil for each color. The stencils are attached to frames which have silk cloth stretched on them. Each color, specially mixed, is squeezed through each stencil separately by hand to complete the print.
An interview with Hal and Claire Lott from the Museum of Chincoteague Island's Life History Project.
All sales are final. Winning bidders will be able to pick up their items on January 28th or make other arrangements at that time. Shipping is available for a fee to be determined based the item. Sorry, but glass items can not be shipped and must be picked up in person. All shipped items must be insured and the seller assumes no liability for items damaged in transit.