Silent auction bids for an award-winning oil painting by Victor T. Letonoff, depicting a treasured item from the Delaware State Archives will be accepted during an Oct. 12-13 event to benefit the Greater Lewes Foundation.
Letonoff's Salute to the USS Delaware portrays the 45-pound silver punch bowl used on-board the USS Delaware during formal occasions and later donated to the state of Delaware. While it was on display at the Dover Public Library, Letonoff's painting was selected to receive the Holly Branch National League of American Pen Women People's Choice Ribbon.
The painting is valued at $6,800. Silent bids will require a minimum bid of $5,000. The winning bid will be announced at 3 p.m. Oct. 13. Prior to the art show, the painting will be on display at the Greater Lewes Foundation office, 135 Second St., Lewes.
The Celebrated Artists of Lewes exhibit will run from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 1213 in the Parkside Room at the Inn. There will be no admission charge.