Gersch memorial exhibition and silent auction July 13-20

Published 5:10 pm Monday, July 8, 2013

Hospice volunteers will conduct the silent auction. Bidding for each artwork will begin at $100, with incremental increases of $50. Gersch selected the paintings for this sale as among the best and most representative of his artistic career, which began in the 1960s. His early study at the Art Institute of Chicago focused on ceramics, and so the several ceramics exhibited are of unusual interest. In addition, there is a self-portrait drawn on a menu while on-board a 1982 Swissair flight to the Near East, and a fine steel table designed by Gersch and executed by noted Tryon crafter William Crowell.

Artist Guntram Hans Gersch was born in 1924 at Glatz, Silesia, then in Germany and now in Poland.  At the end of his life he lived in both Tryon and in Évian-les-Bains, France. He died in the Hôpitaux de Leman at Thonon-les-Bains. His art was exhibited in museums across the US and Europe. To see images of his work and for more information on the artist, as well as the exhibit and sale, visit or email

– article submitted by Marianne Carruth

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