Thinking Inside the Box

Art and The Great TV Auction

by Ellis Bromberg, General Manager of MPTV

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With spring comes a new season of baseball, April showers and May flowers and green grass -- and here in southeastern Wisconsin, a 43-year tradition, THE GREAT TV AUCTION.

It's interactive TV, over 9000 items up for auction, and the largest single fundraiser for Milwaukee Public TV every year: the goal again is a million dollars plus!

But one thing that truly sets it apart is our emphasis on artwork. We'll have about 2000 pieces of art you'll be able to bid on. And every year we also commission Wisconsin artists to do special pieces; the original and prints of those are showcased throughout the nine-day Auction. This year, the pieces are outstanding!

There's "Favorite View" by Connie Glowacki of Janesville. It's a summer sunset over a marina. Connie is this year's Wisconsin Collection artist.

Jennifer and Jeff Baillies of Oregon, Wisconsin, are this year's Studio Collection artists, and 20 of their unique fused glass pieces will be up for bid.

Wildlife paintings are a staple of the Auction, and this year Frank Mittelstadt of Beaver Dam has brought us "Autumn Loon," a scene from Partridge Crop Lake in northern Wisconsin. Frank is this year's Century Collection artist.

Kitty Sturrock of Mequon is our Gallery Collection artist, and we have from her a beautiful watercolor still life, "Spider Mum with Eucalyptus Leaves."

And finally, Chuck Weber of Waukesha returns to the Auction as this year's Sports Collection artist with his dynamic work, "Ryan Braun - MVP." The original and 100 limited edition archival canvas giclees, signed and numbered by Chuck Weber and autographed by Ryan Braun, will be available for bidding.

Now, "art" has not only been a word associated with our GREAT TV AUCTION -- it has been a name, too -- and this year's Auction is different from past years because longtime Auction Director Art Langlas passed away last fall. We also lost two of our hardest working and most beloved volunteers, Fran Riedl and Lee Price.

I know the three of them would join me in thanking all the donors, volunteers, and bidders for participating -- and we intend to honor their memory by making this the biggest and best Auction ever.

You can still contribute items, of course: call us at 262-781-4998 to do so. And then tune in, please be generous, bid often during the broadcast, April 27-May 5, on Channel 10.1 -- and you can also watch it right here on

Thank you for your support of Milwaukee Public Television -- and I'll be back soon with more Thinking Inside the Box.