65-year-old Long Island Sound painting to be auctioned

The 1949 piece,

The 1949 piece, "Out Beyond the Creek," portrays a view from in front of the Creek Club in Locust Valley. It is painted in oils on Masonite by an artist most lauded for his realistic sky "cloudscapes," said Jim Mauch, Sloane biographer and owner of the Weatherhill Farm art gallery in Lewisburg, Pa. Photo Credit: Bradley C Bower

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A 65-year-old landscape painting of Long Island Sound by internationally recognized artist and one-time North Shore resident Eric Sloane is scheduled to be auctioned later this month in Pennsylvania.

The 1949 piece, "Out Beyond the Creek," portrays a view from in front of the Creek Club in Locust Valley. It is painted in oils on Masonite by an artist most lauded for his realistic sky "cloudscapes," said Jim Mauch, Sloane biographer and owner of the Weatherhill Farm art gallery in Lewisburg, Pa.

"Out Beyond the Creek" was completed during Sloane's stay in Old Brookville, according to Keith Figari, the painting's current owner.

"It's a little piece of Locust Valley history," said Figari, 62, of the 36- by 24-inch painting, which depicts a boat sailing the horizon. "If you grew up on the North Shore, the beach was everything."

Sloane's signature effect was violent brush strokes, Mauch said.

"The ability to reproduce colors and light reflected in the sky was his hallmark trait," Mauch said in a phone interview.

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The Pook and Pook auction house in Downingtown, Pa., is handling the sale. Jamie Shearer, vice president and auctioneer at Pook and Pook, estimated the painting could sell for $5,000 to $10,000.

In the 1930s, Sloane exchanged his art for plane rides at the former Roosevelt Field airport outside Mineola and became one of the first painters to study the sky from a pilot's perspective.

His first "cloudscape" was purchased by Amelia Earhart, Mauch said.

Figari, a Locust Valley High School graduate who lives in Pennsylvania, said he believes his uncle received the painting as a bartering gift after he helped repair Sloane's home in Mineola in the 1940s.

Sloane married the fifth of his six wives, Ruth Roland, daughter of a Mineola political figure, in 1957, Mauch said. Unlike many artists, Sloane sold most of his several thousand paintings before his death in 1985 in New York City, Mauch said.

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"When Sloane was at the top of his game, he was one of the best American landscape painters," said Mauch. "He deserves to be revered."

The painting is set for in-house, online and telephone bidding on April 25 and 26 at Pook and Pook.

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