Online Art Auction to Benefit History Museum

By November 10, 2020November 12th, 2020Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Nov 10, 2020)  Los Altos History Museum holds its inaugural Benefit Collection Online Art Auction featuring original paintings, photographs and ceramic work donated by local artists and collectors. The public may browse the digital catalog and begin bidding Nov 17th at 9am, with bidding closing on Dec 6th at 5pm.

The collection includes an oil painting entitled “Tulips in Vase” by philanthropist Nan Geschke; and a framed and matted “Watercolor of Sunflowers” by Beatrice Teer who owned Main Street Antiques in Los Altos. Swedish artist Heidi Lange, inspired by Maasai nomadic culture, used batik textile screen printing for her works, “Maasai Bride” and “Unknown Girl.” Jerry Tomanek, a photographer who writes a haiku before taking up his camera, donated his “Big Sur in Morning Fog.” Artists Jan Meyer, Jane Lombard and Karen Druker are also represented, among many others.

“We are so impressed by the diversity of work, and generosity of the artists, who, once they heard the Museum was holding an art auction, stepped forward graciously and generously. It’s because of these artists that we are able to offer this event,” said Linda Eckols, Art Auction Committee Chair.

Pieces will be hand delivered to winning bidders who live in the local area. All proceeds will benefit the Museum’s educational and public programs and artifact collection.

Anyone who signs up for the auction is invited to a “Cocktails & Conversations” with the artists and collectors on Friday, December 4th at 7pm via Zoom.

To participate in the auction, go to

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The indoor Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The J. Gilbert Smith House remains closed. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information visit or email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact: Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,