A Maud Lewis folk art painting made its way to a donation bin at the Mennonite Central Committee (MSS) in New Hamburg in March and the bidding war is going crazy for the popular piece of work with 26 bids to date.
The painting, entitled Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fisherman, Bay View, N.S., is valued at $16,000 and was recognized by a volunteer who had it appraised. It’s not known who donated the painting.
Lewis, a folk artist, lived in poverty for most of her life and sold paintings from her small home near Digby, N.S., for as little as $2 and $3 but since her ince her death in 1970 her works have sold for up to $22,000. (Pictured below)
The current auction runs to May 19 and its proceeds will benefit the work of MCC, a Christian group that helps with relief, development and peace efforts in countries where there have been disasters or conflicts.
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