Marblehead Festival of Arts – 2023 Festival of Cod & Whales
Auction Ends: Jul 4, 2023 08:00 PM EDT


Not A Bluefish By Ellen Garvey

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Estimated Value
$300 USD
$550 USD to GTG2018

The winning bid will go to FrontStream Global Fund (tax ID 26-3265577), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which will send the donation to Marblehead Festival of Arts (tax ID 04-6130256) on behalf of the winner.

Number of Bids
31  -  Bid History

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Item Description

"Not A Bluefish" by Ellen Garvey

Medium: Glass

Size: 19" x 8"

Artist Statement:

I work with both blown and fused glass so this year I am combining those in a unique way. Using glassblowing techniques, I pulled several colors of glass cane, then cut them into small pieces. I created the eye using fusing glass taken to "full fuse" temperature. I arranged the cane and eye into the shape of the cod and fused them just enough to create a solid piece but leave the texture. The shades of blue and resulting texture evoke the movement and colors of the sea and her inhabitants.

Artist Biography:

Ellen has been a glass blower for several years. She started by taking a glassblowing class as a way to escape from her demanding career in high tech. It wasn't long before she was hooked. It's hot, dirty, expensive, and demanding: perfect. When the pandemic hit, glassblowing ground to a halt. So glass fusing - which she had previously just dabbled in - moved to the front burner. So now blowing and fusing alternate for her attention. She is an instructor of blown and fused glass at Diablo Glass School in Boston, a juried Artist Member of Marblehead Arts Association and Salted Cod Arthouse Gallery (of the Rocky Neck Art Colony) in Gloucester, MA, a member of the executive team at Salted Cod, an active volunteer and three-term board member of the Marblehead Festival of Arts and artist member and past board member of the Salem Arts Association, artist member at Galleries at Lynn Arts.

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Hosting Business: "Not A Bluefish" is on display at All Chic at 152, 152 Washington St, Marblehead, MA

Item Special Note

Pick-up of purchased cods will be July 9 from 12-3, July 10 from 3-6, and July 11 from 3-6 at Sagan Harborside Sothebys 1 Essex St, Marblehead. The winning bidder will receive a notification email with information on pick-up time and location.

If winning bidder requires shipping, winner's credit card will be charged a separate $24.95 fee to cover USPS ground and handling. Shipping is available within the U.S. only and must be requested within 7 days after receipt of the notification email.

If winning bidder has not picked up their cod (or arranged shipping) within 30 days after the close of the auction, it will become the property of Marblehead Festival of Arts, Inc.