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CONTRIBUTED IMAGE Walter Emerson Baum's CONTRIBUTED IMAGE Walter Emerson Baum's "Locust Valley" (Oil, 24 in. x 36 in.), above, is in the Annual Art Auction May 18 at The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Art for all at Baum auction

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Good Food. Fun Company. Exquisite Art.

These three phrases describe the Annual Art Auction at The Baum School of Art, Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown.

If you have never attended, you will want to attend the 28th annual auction May 18 at The Baum School of Art, which always proves to be a fun and exciting evening.

The good food is provided by Catering by Karen Hunter.

The fun company is the group of art collectors, art enthusiasts and friends who gather from near and far to attend the event.

The exquisite art is the feature of the night and includes a great selection of artwork by Walter Emerson Baum, his contemporaries, as well as exceptionally-talented local and regional artists.

The night consists of a silent auction, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., and a live auction that begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free for both auctions. There is a charge for the dinner.

The silent auction includes approximately 150 works for the serious collector and affordable works for the art enthusiast or beginning collector.

The live auction is called by auctioneer Boris Wainio. The live auction consists of 100 paintings and sculptures by local and regional artists, six of which are original paintings by Walter Emerson Baum.

Also featured this year are works by other notable and highly-collectible artists such as John Berninger, Clarence Dreisbach, Mildred Gehman, Joseph Meierhans, Edna Palmer Englehardt, Conrad Roland, William Swallow and Orlando Wales.

This event, however, is not just about the good times and wonderful art. The annual art auction is The Baum School of Art's largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the auction are used to support and further The Baum School of Art's mission of enriching lives through arts education.

The Baum School serves more than 2,500 students with 350 classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry-making and metalsmithing, fashion design and construction, photography, graphic design, illustration and film making.

The School holds workshops, gallery exhibits, public and private meetings, receptions and events for an estimated 10,000.

For an opportunity to view the items before they are up for bid, do not miss Preview Night, 6 - 8 p.m. May 16. Wainio, the auctioneer, and Baum School staff will be available to answer questions on the pieces available in the silent and live auctions.

The auction listings can be viewed online at