John C. Traynor Grand Raffle Prize – Three Tickets


American Impressionist artist John C. Traynor has donated an original oil painting for a raffle to benefit the Society’s programs. The 16 x 20 inch painting (28″x23″ framed) is entitled “Fall Colors Monadnock” and is valued at $8,000. Raffle tickets are $20 each or three for $50.

The Historical Society’s director Alan Rumrill said, “We feel fortunate to have this artwork by John Traynor to offer as a raffle prize and we are grateful for his generosity. The painting will have a wide appeal because of its Monadnock scene, the vivid colors, and the renown of the artist.” John C. Traynor is a 2017 recipient of a Ruth and James Ewing Arts Award by The Keene Sentinel and Arts Alive!


At his studio in West Swanzey, New Hampshire the artist John Traynor recalled the day he painted the scene en plein air while teaching a class at East Hill Farm in Troy, New Hampshire in 2016. “It was such a great day, perfect colors,” said Traynor. “Monadnock is not an easy mountain to paint, but with the shadows cast by the clouds it helped represent the forms of the mountain.”

“Fall Colors Monadnock” will be on display at the Historical Society of Cheshire County from now until the raffle drawing at the Society’s annual Auction of Historic Proportions on September 29. The event is the Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year with a live auction, silent auction, and online bidding for antiques, handcrafted items, and special experiences, many of which have connections to Cheshire County


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