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Mark Mehaffey

This 5-foot square artwork is a reproduction of an original acrylic painting by Empire artist Mark Mehaffey, winner of the 2020 Outdoor Gallery competition. The panel is lightweight aluminum finished with a weather-resistant coating. It now hangs on the GAAC’s exterior walls, and may be viewed at any time. Proceeds from the auction benefit the GAAC’s Outdoor Gallery project.

This auction is ended

Username Bid Amount Date
wquigley $ 740.00 2021-04-30 14:34:04
sandraavis $ 720.00 2021-04-30 13:43:11
wquigley $ 700.00 2021-04-30 13:13:44
sandraavis $ 680.00 2021-04-30 12:51:01
wquigley $ 660.00 2021-04-28 23:15:23
sandraavis $ 640.00 2021-04-28 23:11:56
wquigley $ 620.00 2021-04-28 13:42:13
wquigley $ 600.00 2021-04-28 13:41:30
Start auction $ 600.00 April 28, 2021 1:30 pm


The auction begins April 28 @ 9:30 am. The auction closes April 30 @ 1 pm. Bidding starts at $600. Minimum bid increments are set at $20.

The winners will be contacted by email on May 1.

Artwork Details

This panel was created by Image 360 of Traverse City using a high-tech method of reproducing original artwork and printing it directly onto lightweight, aluminum panels. A specialized coating weatherproofs the panel — It has hung on the GAAC’s exterior wall for almost a year, and is as bright and true as the day they were delivered. The panel’s true and brilliant colors must be seen in-person to be fully appreciated. All 5 panels may be viewed at anytime before the auction.

The panel is hung using a French cleat system with the addition of double-sided tape to insure the panel stays in place. The mounting clips and tape are hidden on the back of the panels for a clean appearance. Once the lower, doubled-sided tape is released from the back bottom of the panel, two people can easily lift the panel, which weigh approximately 25 – 35 pounds. The panel is rigid and won’t wobble after it is removed from the wall.


  • The GAAC will remove the current panel from its fixture after the auction has ended.
  • The auction winner will be responsible for pick-up at the GAAC, and transport of the panel to its new location. This arrangement will be made with the auction winner after the auction is completed.
  • The GAAC will retain the wall-mounted fixture. The auction winner will retain the cleats epoxied to the back of the panel.

Artist Bio

Internationally recognized artist Mark E Mehaffey is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member – Master Status and Distinguished Master, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Mehaffey has won major awards in juried exhibitions internationally including the Silver Medal of Honor (twice) and the Arches Paper Co Award from the American Watercolor Society, the Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society, M. Grumbacher Gold Medal from Allied Artists of America, the Skyledge Award from TWSA, Biennial Award from the 2010 Shanghai Zhoujiajiao International Biennial Watercolor Exhibition, Best of Show from the San Diego Watercolor Society and guest artist for the Salon De L’Aquarelle 2015, Antwerp, Belgium. In 2016 Mark was honored with the new designation of “Distinguished Master” by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America for having over 20 total paintings accepted.

He wrote “Creative Watercolor Workshop”, published in 2005 and it was rereleased as “Creative Watercolor and Acrylic Workshop” in 2013 published by Northlight Publishing. Mark has also created twelve instructional videos. He has appeared in many publications. He was featured in “Masters of Watercolor” written by Konstantin Sterkhov and “Inspirations & Technical Breakthroughs: Secrets from the Contemporary International Watercolor Masters Volume 1” written by Zhou Tianya & Ruan Hoe.

Mehaffey’s paintings are included in corporate public and private collections including Blue Cross Blue Shield and The Arches Paper Co., USA. In 2018 Mark was invited to participate in the International Watercolor Masters Exhibition in Weston Park England. His work is included in the permanent collections of transparent watercolors at the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, the National Watercolor Museum of Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico, Quanhua Watercolor Art Gallery, Zhoujiajiao, China and the Dachong Art Gallery, Zhongshan, China.

Mark is a popular juror, workshop instructor and lecturer.

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