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George and Peggy Bell’s estate art collection

By Shannon Reece

In 1957, George Bell, then a businessman in New York, walked into the studio of painter V. Gagnon Cegani and purchased an oil painting, “A Portrait of John Sauter.” This acquisition was to begin his lifelong passion as a collector. Bell was also a professional classic violinist, and just as he was fine-tuned to hear perfect pitch, he was also fine-tuned to spot quality collectibles. At the time of his passing in 2011, he had amassed a very diverse group of works in sculpture, lithographs, paintings, stained glass, pastels, silk rugs, African masks, a 1937 Mason & Hamlin baby grand piano, antique Asian artifacts, a rare Huichol wool painting, art books, and a fine music collection on CDs, all of which his wife is now selling.

Open House
Sat, Sep 28, 12-5pm
Sun, Sep 29, 2-5pm
The house of George and Peggy Bell
Portón 11
More info:
Or 152-3094

San Miguel de Allende became home for the Bells in 1990, when they bought a house in Atascadero with a spectacular view, and settled in with their wonderful collection of art. Over the years George and Peggy, (both active members in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,) committed to endless hours of work for charitable organizations. George co-founded the Suzuki string instrument school for orphans, (which is still operating); co-organized the Jazz Festival and was instrumental in promotion and fundraising for the Chamber Music Festival, giving us the quality event that it has become. He is sorely missed in our community.

As Mrs. Bell will be changing residences soon, she also has a few household items for sale during our open house at Portón 11 at Atascadero, Saturday, September 28, from noon to 5pm, and Sunday, September 29, from 2 to 5pm. We will be serving refreshments. To see some of the collection go to (no prices are listed), or call Shannon Reece at 152- 3094 for directions or to make a private viewing appointment. Expect to see original works by Rufino Tamayo, Augusto Escobedo, Francisco Zuñiga, Filipe Castañeda, Robert Seyle, Lucio Ranucci, Erwin Binder, Helen Winslow, Rosamond Campbell, Hans Burkhardt, Tim Hazel, Antonio Lopez Vega, Michael Cutler, cut crystal bowls, antique hand-carved Asian artifacts, and many high quality reproductions of Francisco Zuñiga lithos, and European master painters. Also look for the color ad in this issue of Atención.

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