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BGSP's 40th Anniversary Gala Weekend
Silent Auction Items

Thanks to our donors, BGSP has a wonderful array of auction items to bid on, both at our silent auction on October 11th, and by proxy.  Scroll down to preview this great selection of trips, artwork, and other unique items. Please call the BGSP school office at 617-277-3915 if you would like to place a proxy bid. Enjoy!

These items are updated as of September 9th, 2013:

Lakeside Tranquility


You and your guests will enjoy one week of lakeside tranquility in this beautifully updated, lakefront, two bedroom cottage on Dyer Long Pond in Jefferson, Maine (sleeps four). The lake is a nature lovers paradise, with good chances of seeing ospreys, beavers, turtles, loons and many other bird species. The cottage is situated 15 minutes from the midcoast of Maine. You can explore Damariscotta and the Penobscot Bay areas for antiquing, outdoor pursuits, lighthouses, maritime museums, historic forts and coastal beaches. Or head about 30 minutes to Camden, with its upscale shops and yachts, or 45-50 minutes to Freeport, for your outlet shopping. Bring your kayaks and fishing gear or simply enjoy summer’s finest swimming right outside your door. With an open living room/dining room, modern kitchen and bath, and comfortable screened porch, you won’t want to leave. Available through October 1, 2014, excluding certain weeks.

Donated by: Dena and Jim Reed
Opening Bid: $200
Bid Increment: $50

Music for the Soul

Classical music aficionados will appreciate these two tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. You'll sit in the first row at the front of the balcony – so close you can almost read the musical scores. The tickets are for a Saturday night, with the schedule yet to be determined.

Donated by:  Paula Berman and Bob Stolzberg
Opening Bid: $70
Bid Increment: $10

Arnold Arboretum Tour

Ten people will enjoy a guided group tour of the world renowned Arnold Arboretum by BGSP Librarian, Amy Cohen-Rose. An experienced Arboretum Interpreter, Ms. Cohen-Rose will lead you through this beautiful, 130 year old living collection of trees and plants, providing botanical information along the way. The Arnold Arboretum, part of Harvard University and a link in Boston's Emerald Necklace of parks, is a must-see for lovers of horticulture. Tour is Saturday, October 26, 2013. Bring your friends for a fun BGSP outing. 

Donated by:  Amy Cohen-Rose
Opening Bid: $15
Bid Increment: n/a


Memory Drawing of Mrs. Aizley

Gunta Kaza offers a framed 31" x 42.5" charcoal and conte crayon drawing of BGSP's beloved Sandra Aizley

Donated by: Gunta Kaza 
Opening Bid: $80
Bid Increment: $10

Scenic Acadia Getaway

The winning bidder will enjoy a one-week fall foliage vacation in scenic Southwest Harbor, Maine. This comfortable four bedroom vacation home has two bathrooms, a hot tub, a full kitchen, all appliances, a living room with cable TV, a dining room, a large yard for the kids, all in a pleasant Maine forest environment. Explore Acadia National Park, quaint local villages, and Maine's beautiful, rocky coastline. Located near beautiful harbors, fine restaurants, golf, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and the night and cultural life of Bar Harbor, this house is sure to be a wonderful retreat to kick off your autumn. Available for one year, excluding July, July, August and holidays.

Donated by:  John and Karen Madonna
Opening Bid: $250
Bid Increment: $50

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Tour

Five lucky winners will receive a guided group tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from museum volunteer, Amy Cohen-Rose. As noted on its website, "the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's preeminent collection contains more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Sargent. The spirit of the architecture, the personal character of the arrangements and the artistic display of the enchanting courtyard in full bloom all create an atmosphere that distinguishes the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an intimate and culturally-rich treasure." The tour will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013; admission is included.

Donated by: Amy Cohen-Rose
Opening Bid: $25
Bid Increment: n/a

Dream Vacation

The successful bidder wins one week at this wonderful Silverleaf Resorts timeshare. You can go just about anywhere! Resorts in the Interval International system are found worldwide, including Europe, South America, the U.S., Canada, Asia, and the Caribbean. Popular destinations include Paris, St. Kitts, California, Banff, and lots more. Our last winner vacationed in Hawaii! This timeshare includes one week lodging at a resort condo which sleeps six, with two bedrooms and two baths, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with sleep sofa. (European condos may be smaller with less complete kitchens, but you get the idea.) Availability depends on the owner of the selected resort making it available for exchange. Don't miss this rare opportunity!

Donated by: Marjorie Kettell and Joseph Golner
Opening Bid: $350
Bid Increment: $50

Sailing Trip

Your host, Dr. Waterson, is offering a beautiful day-long sail for two guests out of York, Maine in Summer, 2014. Sail along the picturesque New England coastline, past Nubble Light, likely the most photographed lighthouse in the country. Enjoy Maine's quaint harbors and perhaps spot marine mammals along the region's signature rocky outcrops. Your day-long sail includes lunch, so just bring yourself, your guest, and of course your camera. 

Donated by:  Barry Waterson
Opening Bid: $75
Bid Increment: $10

Boston Weekend Getaway

Enjoy two nights at the Holiday Inn, on Beacon Street in Brookline. A short walk from both Fenway Park and BGSP, the hotel boasts a lovely swimming pool, whirlpool and exercise room. Perfect for a weekend getaway. Available until February 28, 2014, excluding October 18 - 20, 2013

Donated by:  Holiday Inn Brookline, thanks to Ted Laquercia
Opening Bid: $70
Bid Increment: $20

Cape Cod Guided Walking Fishing Excursion



You and your guest will take a guided walking fishing excursion at the Brewster flats on Cape Cod – most likely the most beautiful place you have ever fished in your life. Leaving just before first light, your tour will take anywhere from 3-5 hours. The Brewster flats are often "sight fished," when the fish are actually seen on the surface or in the water before the cast is made. When the tides go out, massive sand bars are exposed that stretch out into Cape Cod bay for a mile or so, and this concentrates the fish into shallow areas. The flats can be fly fished or conventionally fished. All gear will be provided, except for sunglasses, which are a must. Be prepared to walk to reach the prime fishing area; bring your wading shoes, old sneakers, or just your bare feet and plan to walk right in to ankle to waist high water, depending on where the fish are.

Your guides will be Jon Kelley, who has fished these flats for almost 30 years and knows them as well as anyone in the world, and/or Max Cavallaro, who cautions, "If you hook into a fish the size of your arm or leg in knee deep water, trust me, your head will explode with excitement, but be warned...once you get your first fish on the flats, the guides are not responsible for any fishing addictions or compulsions that may follow, though we can refer you to some very qualified professionals/tackle shops."

This item is available Summer 2014

Donated by: Max Cavallaro and Jon Kelley
Opening Bid: $50
Bid Increment: $10

Scenic Newport, Rhode Island Getaway

Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, and welcoming hospitality, Newport, Rhode Island awaits you and your friends or extended family. Tour the famed Gilded Age mansions, spend an afternoon wine tasting through Newport's three scenic vineyards, check out Newport's music and comedy scenes, visit the museums, relax on the beach, and dine in excellence. Your vacation starts at this three bedroom Newport duplex which sleeps up to 10 people. Equipped with a full kitchen (including lobster pot and grill), living room, dining room, two full baths, cable, internet, and plenty of parking, this house is situated in the Historic Hill neighborhood, in walking distance to museums and the pier and two miles from First Beach and the Cliff Walk. Bid on this item and vacation in style! Please note: Both bathrooms are on the second floor and the stairs are a little steep. This house is available through April 2014 or in Fall 2014, excluding holidays.

Donated by: Jill Solomon and Bob Mittleman
Opening Bid: $300
Bid Increment: $50

Four Days in the Coronado Mountains above Tucson

Feeling the winter blues? There is no better cure than a few days spent in the mountains above Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Egan and her husband, Dr. Papson, are offering folks a chance to spend three nights at their house in Oracle, Arizona. Situated between the Coronado State Forrest and Oracle State Park, just a short drive from all the art and culture of Tucson and other southwestern artist towns like Tubac, and ten minutes from BioSphere 2 -- this house is a great place to relax, unwind and get warm. The landscape is simply stunning and you will find ample trails to bike, hike, walk as well as inspiration for painting or photography. Oracle is also considered one of the premier places to bird watch in the country. Our house has three bedrooms (sleeps six), is on an acre of land, and includes wireless, cable, and a gas grill. The house is available for a three-night visit between January 30 - March 9 or April 1 – May 5, 2014.

Donated by: Danielle Egan and Steve Papson
Opening Bid: $125
Bid Increment: $25

Ryan Dempster Autographed baseball

Win a baseball authographed by Red Sox pitcher, Ryan Dempster! A 15-year veteran, Dempster was a mainstay of the Chicago Cubs' rotation for nine seasons. He has also pitched for the Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, and Florida Marlins.

Donated by: The Red Sox Foundation
Opening Bid: $30
Bid Increment: $5

Beachside Week in Rhode Island

If you are looking for a vacation home that allows you to walk to the beach, look no further! This beautiful, centrally air conditioned, 3 story, 3 bedroom, 3 bath home located 100 yards from the beach is your perfect destination. This home is tastefully decorated, complete with new comfortable furnishings, pillow-top beds, down pillows and blankets, lovely artwork, high speed internet for your laptop, iPod/iPhone docking station, and deck furniture and gas grill. The granite kitchen is fully stocked right down to the coffee bean grinder. There are breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean from the 3rd floor north and south facing decks as well as the master bedroom deck. Along with the private deck, the master bedroom amenities include a sitting area, dressing room, Jacuzzi tub, television, and glass shower with two shower heads. A small, semi-secluded yard provides a perfect area for grilling and games. Available until May 24, 2014.

Donated by:  Kathy DelSesto
Opening Bid: $300
Bid Increment: $50

Standard Edition

A complete set of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud can be yours if you are the winning bidder! This well loved collection shows evidence of use, including some wear, pencil marks, and library pockets, but it is a wonderful opportunity for you to purchase the complete Standard Edition for your psychoanalytic library.

Donated by:  Ken Rogers and the BGSP Library
Opening Bid: $450
Bid Increment: $50

Fabulous Dinner for Two at

Brooklyn’s Buttermilk Channel

Who could blame you for bidding on comfort food with a Brooklyn flair?  Doug Crowell, owner of the popular Buttermilk Channel restaurant in Brooklyn, has generously donated this dinner for two and a bottle of wine.  Enjoy!

Donated by:  Doug Crowell
Opening Bid: $50
Bid Increment: $10

Create Warmth

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Here is your chance! Dr. Sherry Ceridan will teach you to create something for yourself or your family for the winter or the holidays. She will offer two classes for two hours each to learn the basics of knitting, and you will complete a scarf and a hat as your first projects.

Classes will be in September for up to 6 people. Prior to class, Dr. Ceridan will recommend choices for yarn and knitting needles to bring to class.

Donated by: Sherry Ceridan
Opening Bid: $50
Bid Increment: n/a

Vermont Boutique Bed and Breakfast Weekend

A warm welcome awaits you at the Parker House Inn in Quechee, Vermont, near Dartmouth College and Woodstock, Vermont, steps away from one of Vermont's covered bridges, gorgeous waterfalls, and the Simon Pearce glassblowing galleries. A celebrated, chef-owned boutique bed and breakfast noted for its rich decor, warm hospitality, and superb attention to detail, the Parker House Inn offers two nights and a dinner for two guests. Guests have full privileges at the Quechee Lakes Country Club for outstanding golf, tennis, and activities. The inn itself boasts seven newly decorated guestrooms, all with private baths, some with Jacuzzis or spa showers. A wonderful weekend awaits you!

Donated by: Joan Lippincott, Alex and Adam Adler
Opening Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $20

Three Framed Drawings by

Illustrator/Artist Tom Feelings

These three, handsomely framed drawings by 1960's African-American artist/illustrator Tom Feelings reflect the artist's acclaim for, in his own words, "portraying the contemporary Negro scene in its true identity," in order to correct the distortions characteristic of African-American depictions of the time. These pieces were most likely drawn during Feelings' freelance period from 1959 to 1964, when Feelings drew subjects from the African American people of his Brooklyn community. According to Penguin Books, "Collectors such as Maya Angelou, Roberta Flack and Cicely Tyson have paintings by Mr. Feelings in their private collections." Our volunteer art expert reports that these drawings are valued at close to $350 each. Don't miss this rare opportunity to take home a piece of 1960's African-American history.

Donated by: Joan White
Opening Bid: $150 for the set of 3
Bid Increment: $10

Let Loose Your Inner Painter

Ever wonder what it would feel like to let loose the creative inside you? Try your hand at the artist's life in a guided excursion inside a classic Boston Studio. All materials provided, including instruction, support, and pom poms for your creative endeavors. While you create the next Cezzanne "Basket of Apples", or a Mattise "Le bonheur de vivre", enjoy wine and cheese during this creation of self expression! Enjoy lunch or dinner afterward for a South End experience. This could be your best day, date, surprise, or thoughful gift ever, with the take home canvas to prove it! Sign up for one 2 and a half hour session with a maximum of 6 people per session.
Located in the SOWA building at Thayer and Harrison, Boston, MA.

Donated by: Maureen Walsh
Opening Bid: $50
Bid Increment: n/a

Phil Simms Autographed Football

One lucky bidder will walk away with this football autographed in 1986 by that year's Super Bowl MVP, Phil Simms. The American football quarterback is now a television sportscaster for the CBS network. Simms played his entire professional career with the Giants and was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Super Bowl XXI, after he led the Giants to a 39–20 victory over the Denver Broncos and set the record for highest completion percentage in a Super Bowl, going 22 for 25. He also was named to the Pro Bowl for his performances in the 1985 and 1993 seasons. Complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, this ball is your chance to take home a piece of Super Bowl history!

Donated by: Ted Laquercia
Opening Bid: $60
Bid Increment: $20

Cloth and Paper Collage by Sandra Aizley

This geometric collage painting was crafted by BGSP faculty member Sandra Aizley.  Nicely framed, 26” x 26”.

Donated by: Jane Snyder
Opening Bid: $75
Bid Increment: $10

Huntington Theatre Tickets

The winning bidder and a guest can enjoy a show during the 2013-2014 season at The Huntington Theatre. The varied lineup includes a ravishing new musical adaptation by a visionary director, a stirring world premiere by the Huntington's new playwright-in-residence, a sharp new work by Boston's most recent Broadway playwright, and a master's classic brought to life by two outstanding interpreters of his work. Last show is June 21, 2014.

Donated by: The Huntington Theatre
Opening Bid: $80
Bid Increment: $10

Nude Sketch

Audrey Jones Sketched this striking charcoal nude, attractively matted and framed.

Donated by: Audrey Jones
Opening Bid: $75
Bid Increment: $10

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Oil Portrait

Artist and alumna Kate Emlen painted this beautiful, richly colored 8" x 10" oil portrait on wood of BGSP's charming building on Beacon Street.

Donated by:  Kate Emlen
Opening Bid: $100
Bid Increment: $10

Colorful Oil Painting

BGSP's own artist, Audrey Jones offers this colorful oil painting of a flowering plant against a waterfront backdrop.

Donated by: Audrey Jones
Opening Bid: $75
Bid Increment: $10

Mosaic Mirror

Multicolored pieces of Fiesta-Ware adorn this 10" by 10" hand crafted mirror. The curved raised white stripes on the pieces, from the "hee;" (underside) of the Fiesta-Ware plate, give the mirror a playful character. The dark grey grouting sets off the colors of the Fiesta-Ware pieces and makes them "pop". Suitable for anyone looking for a bit of fun or a splash of color in any room of the house, especially the kitchen. A perfect accessory for that collector of Fiesta-Ware!
Artist: Susan Foster

Donated by: Maureen Walsh
Opening Bid: $25
Bid Increment: $5

Vacation on the Jersey Shore

Enjoy a week at the Jersey Shore! You and your guests will vacation in Surf City, New Jersey, one and a half blocks from the beach and two blocks from the bay, close to many great restaurants, small art galleries, miniature golf – all the good things a Jersey Shore vacation is made of. About half an hour from Atlantic City and various other shore points, the island itself has various attractions at both "ends" of the island, from the Barnegat Lighthouse to the Fantasy Island theme park at the other. This four-bedroom home sleeps 9-10 people and features a new kitchen, deck, and furniture. Available through October 1, 2014, certain weeks excluded.

Donated by: Susan and Patrick Schipper
Opening Bid: $300
Bid Increment: $50

1981 Chateau Meyney, Saint-Estephe, France


Donated by:
Opening Bid: TBD
Bid Increment: TBD