"The Barnegat Mermaids", 20x24, original acrylic on canvas

Dick LaBonté Original Painting Auction

"The Barnegat Mermaids" - a 20x24 original acrylic painting by New Jersey artist Dick LaBonté was sold to the highest bidder on October 12, 2004 for $15,200. The entire proceeds will be donated by the artist to the Ocean County Artists' Guild Building Fund in conjunction with the OCAG's Art Gala Auction, which was held on October 7, 2004.

The Silent Auction of "The Barnegat Mermaids" was held from 10am, October 5th until 4pm October 12th, 2004.

Read the Asbury Park Press Article on the Auction

"When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted" by Rudyard Kipling, 1892

When Earth's last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colors have faded and the youngest critic has died.

We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it -- lie down for an eon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew.

And those that were good shall be happy: they shall sit in a golden chair;
They shall splash at a ten league canvas with brushes of comets' hair.

They shall find real saints to draw from -- Magdalene, Peter and Paul;
They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all.

And only The Master shall praise us, and only The Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money and no one shall work for fame,

But each for the joy of the working and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees it for the God of Things as They are.

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