The Volunteer Board of the North Carolina Museum of Art
recently won two paintings by Dutch Golden Age painter Jacob van Toorenvliet in a Bonhams auction. The paintingsA Bearded Man Holding a Pipe and A Woman Holding a Basket of Eggs will be added to the NCMAs permanent collection and featured in the NCMAs fall exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. These are the first works from New Yorks Leiden school to enter the Museums permanent collection.
The two paintings will be on view in Small Treasures, which opens October 11, 2014. The exhibition is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on small-format 17th-century Dutch and Flemish figure paintings. After the exhibition, if approved by the Board of Trustees for accession into the permanent collection, the paintings will be moved to the Museums Dutch and Flemish Gallery.
Dennis Weller, the NCMAs curator of Northern European art, helped the volunteer committee select works of art on which to bid. On July 9, 2014, the committee membersJackie Wade, Sylvia Gill, Lee Crosby, and Turid Teaguealong with Volunteer Board Chair Walter Bull and NCMA Visitor Services Manager Robert Mlodzik, met in Wellers office while Weller bid via telephone.
A huge smile spread across Denniss face, and we all knew our bid had won, says Robert Mlodzik. He said simply, We got it, and his office was soon filled with hoots of joy and applause.
The volunteers have been raising funds for three years to purchase a work of art for the NCMAs permanent collection. In 2011 the NCMA Volunteer Board formed an Art Acquisition Committee to achieve this goal, and volunteers raised money with two events and through private donations from the volunteers themselves.
We could not have done this without our volunteers support, says Jackie Wade. This is a huge accomplishment, thanks to their hard work, dedication, and patience. I couldnt be more excited!