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Alyssa Watters, Alumni, 2007
2020, oil on panel, 8”x 10”
Value: $450

Alyssa Waters is an artist, Montserrat Alumna, and owner of Art By Alyssa, her retail store in Beverly, MA. Alyssa’s work reflects her love for travel, gardening, nature and fun. She founded Art by Alyssa in 2010 and since then her popular line of gifts and stationery has appeared in hundreds of independent boutiques around the country, and as far as Tokyo, Japan.

Since graduating, Alyssa has maintained close ties with Montserrat, participating in campus events, featuring her work in Artrageous auctions, and even serving as a member of the Board of Trustees.



Kara Hammond, Student, 2024
2021, charcoal, 36”x49”

As a graphic design student, Kara Hammond just completed her sophomore year at Montserrat College of Art. She is twenty years old and has experimented with all mediums ranging from compressed charcoal to tattoo ink to digital animations. In her free time, Kara enjoys picking up creative hobbies that allow her to share artwork with her friends and family by creating custom pieces upon request. While she is unsure of what her end career may be, she is certain that it will involve the things she loves…creating art.

Nantucket Man 2021 is a 36 x 49-inch charcoal homage to the American artist, Paul Cadmus. The original piece was part of a series referencing where Cadmus and his lover met in Nantucket, Massachusetts. As part of Kara’s final projects for her freshmen Drawing Two studio in her home state, Upstate New York, she researched an inspirational artist to create this large drawing. When she found Cadmus she fell in love with his use of line-work and his ability to represent the human form.


School Visit and Book Reading from
Children’s Book Author/Illustrator
Mark Hoffmann, Faculty
Value: $800

Welcome award-winning children’s book author and Montserrat faculty member Mark Hoffmann to your school for a special reading and presentation. Mark has brought his creativity to countless audiences, through books with Random House and Orca Publishing, with two books released in 2022 alone! Mark loves to share his books and what it’s like to be an author/illustrator. (It’s pretty cool!). As a teacher himself, he knows the value of having a visiting author/artist in the classroom. His visit will include a reading of one of his books, a drawing demo, a presentation about his process, and a short Q&A. Each presentation can be tailored to specific grades or ages.

The date and time of the visit will be mutually agreed upon. For school visits outside the greater North Shore and Boston area, additional travel expenses may be needed.


John McCormick, Alumni, 1974
2021, oil on canvas, 30” x 24”
Value: $2,600
donating at 100%

An alumnus from Montserrat’s class of 1974, John McCormick has stayed connected with college throughout his career. And while he may reside now on the West Coast, John’s work clearly speaks to the spirit of the North Shore. As an established impressionist painter, John’s seascapes are strongly inspired by his time spent in Massachusetts, with beautiful color palettes and active brushstrokes. John is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and his work has been exhibited in countless exhibitions both nationally and internationally including shows in New York, Chicago, San Fransisco, and Florence.


Josue Bessiake, Student, 2025
2021, oil on canvas, 18”x 24”
Value: $500

The work I make is a manifestation of my curiosity and a testament to a newfound ambition of mine. I have always loved the act of making, I found it cathartic, however, the idea of being an artist felt daunting to me, so I strayed away from that and decided to treat it as a hobby. It wasn’t until I came face to face with the sheer possibilities that being an artist allows that I decided to let myself be enveloped by my love for making. As an artist, I feel that I have a responsibility to communicate to the world my vision and my ambition. I have a passion for the arts that I have finally felt free enough to pursue and I feel that as I am now obligated to communicate this sense of freedom and catharsis so that my audience can get a semblance of what creating means for me.




A Portrait Session with Photographer Michael Prince
Value: Priceless

Enjoy a private photoshoot with world-renowned photographer Michael Prince. With a background in both fine art and commercial photography, Michael’s work has been featured in everything from Forbes magazine to the collection of the Library of Congress. He has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles galleries as well as showcasing his work in museums and many private collections. His commercial photography includes a variety of celebrity portraits including Jeff Bezos, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bill Gates and Richard Branson!

Winning bidder receives a photo session up to 3 hours at a location and time to be mutually agreed upon and an archival print up to 17”x22”.



Oliver Balf, Faculty
1975, Painting, 23”x 31”
Value: $3,000

As a founding faculty member of Montserrat College of Art the impact of the late Oliver Balf continues to this day. A renowned artist, not only was Balf’s work displayed in premiere Boston galleries in the 80’s and 90’s, he also found success as a commercial artist working for such companies as the Boston Globe and Parker Brothers. Balf was a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and later studied with the German abstract expressionist Hans Hoffman. It was during this time he discovered the burgeoning art scene in Cape Ann that would become so crucial to his artistic practice. In 1970, Balf and several other Cape Ann artists who taught together opened the doors to their own school of visual art, with dozens of students enrolled for Montserrat’s inaugural year. While receiving his honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Montserrat in 1998, Balf said “When I think of all the things I’ve done to become an artist I realize that the most important work I’ve done has been teaching, and being a part of the founding group at Montserrat.”


A Getaway to Sardinia
Value: Priceless

Discover the one of kind culture, breathtaking beaches, and inspiring history of the island of Sardinia. Guests will enjoy a one week stay in a private two-bedroom condo, in one of the most stunning and diverse regions in Italy.

• A one-week stay in 2023 in Pula, Sardinia (one hour flight from Rome)

• 2 bedroom/2 full bath condo on the second floor of a private residence; one other unit below.

• Includes outdoor barbecue, private parking, a well-equipped kitchen, washing machine, 2 bikes and beach gear.

• Pula is a small town that comes alive with tourists in the hot summer months. The unit is within walking distance of a charming town center and several beautiful beaches, as well as the UNESCO archeological site of Nora. Less than 30 minutes away by car, you can reach the spectacular coast of Chia (south) or the lively capital city, Cagliari (north), and the Elmas airport.

• Dates must be mutually agreed upon with owners. All air fair and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the winning bidder.


Olivia Parker, Friend
2010, Photograph, 36” x 24”
Value: $3,000
Donating 100%

After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Art History, Olivia Parker began to make and photograph ephemeral constructions in 1973. Represented in major private, corporate and museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Peabody Essex Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Parker’s work has been published in four monographs and in numerous magazines in the United States and internationally. She has had over 100 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad.

In 1987 Parker said in the introduction to a book of her photographs, “I am interested in the way people think about the unknown… New ideas form, the old are shattered, and sometimes old ideas pop up again among the new like graffiti on a wall.”


Painting, Pitches and the Park: A Fenway Experience
Value: $850

This one of a kind package includes two premium Red Sox Tickets and an original painting of Fenway Park by Class of 2022 graduate Thomas Calamari.

2 PREMIUM RED SOX TICKETS: Spend time before or during a Red Sox game at the Royal Rooters Club for great food, cocktails and a deep look into Red Sox history. The club includes AL Championship Trophies, meaningful game balls and memorabilia. Enjoy the game from premium seats located in section 15 behind the home team dugout along the 1st baseline. (Excludes opening day and Yankees Games. Game date chosen by mutual consent.)

Thomas Calamari, Class of 2022 Graduate

Thomas Calamari is an artist and illustrator from New York. Thomas has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Montserrat College of Art. His interests include sports, landscapes, and photography. His work has been shown at the Artist Collective of Hyde Park (NY), Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School (NY), Mash – Media + Animation Showcase! Montserrat College of Art (MA), Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and the Ekphrastic Gallery.


2021, Watercolor and Gouache on Illustration Baord, 14”x 20”