Wisconsin art featured in auction Friday

Event also features furniture from Columbus, Wis., estate

The fall auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers features a large number of works by Wisconsin artists, including the colorful still life above (Flowers and Fruit) by Helen Olney.

Other state artists featured in the auction, which takes place Friday, include Karl Priebe, Francesco Spicuzza, Marc Sijan, Patrick Farrell and Ruth Grotenrath, who is Olney’s sister.

There are also prints by Picasso, Miro and Grant Wood.

In all, 700 lots of fine art, decorative arts, Asian works of art silver and rugs are featured. Also up for auction are 182 lots of furniture and decorative items from the estate of Mary Bellack Fergus of Columbus, Wis., from her home, “Rose Gate.” “The predominance of Louis XV and Louis XVI style furniture, porcelain and clocks reflect her love of all things French,” according to the auction house, “but Asian works of art and oriental rugs are also featured.”

The Milwaukee branch of Hindman, part of a Chicago-based company, holds auctions twice a year. The lots can be previewed until 3 p.m. today at Hindman, 525 E. Chicago St.

Here are some other artworks by state artists:


Untitled (Sitting Nude), by Sijan


The Winter League, by Priebe.


Woman Wading, by Spicuzza.



Tom Tolan is managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine, where he's worked since January 2016. He spent 24 years at The Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a copy editor, assistant metro editor and reporter. He lives in Shorewood.