Noted local artist Eugene Bennett, who died in 2010 at age 88, bequeathed $500,000 to Medford's Rogue Gallery & Art Center for an endowment that will create about $25,000 a year.
The earnings will shoulder about 10 percent of the gallery's budget, says Executive Director Kim Hearon, and will augment its educational programs and scholarships for classes. It will also help with building upgrades, including a new roof.
The gallery is also selling artwork from his estate.
Many of Bennett's artworks will be sold at the gallery from June 29 to July 6, with prices ranging from $90 for small collages to $4,500 for a large, impressionistic floral oil, "Early Spring." They cover his life from age 19, in 1940, up to the present century and represent many styles — abstract, assemblages, geometric, impressionist.
Receipts from the sale could reach $45,000, Hearon says. They will be divided between the Rogue Gallery & Art Center endowment and the Oregon Community Foundation.
— John Darling