Hundreds of oil paintings, sketches, studies, bronze sculptures and clay figures will be for sale at the former longtime studio-residence of Harold Nichols.

The sale presents an opportunity to purchase works created by three deceased artists: Harold Nichols (1924-2013), a Victoria artist originally from Alpine; Buck Schiwetz (1898-1980), originally from Cuero; and Tom Jones (1920-2000), from San Antonio.

Artwork created by Harold Nichols’ son, Jim Nichols, also will be for sale.

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 26-27.

The son lives in the house, while his sister Nancy Baker lives in a cabin on the property.

“Don’t miss this historic sale,” Jim Nichols wrote in a news release. “The featured artists are gone, but the vestiges of their creativity available here will be a lasting legacy for casual purchasers as well as collectors.”

Harold Nichols was born and raised on a West Texas ranch. He started his career in Victoria as a member of the business faculty at Victoria College and later became business manager for the college. He began painting in the 1970s and became a well-known artist and supporter of the arts in the area. His works often evoke “the region, the people and the times” he experienced, Nichols wrote.

Schiwetz and Jones were Harold Nichols’ personal friends, teachers and collaborators, so he acquired a lot of their work over the years. Pencil, pen and watercolor sketches account for much of the work created by Schwietz, who was recognized as a skillful graphic practitioner throughout the state and nation.

Ink and pencil sketches and sculpture compose the bulk of the collection produced by Jones, an artist and illustrator known for his skillful and witty renderings of people and events from Texas history.

Crossroads Estate Sales is coordinating the event, which includes almost 100 oil paintings and hundreds of sketches and studies done in pencil, charcoal and watercolor.

About 10 of the larger pieces, including sculptures, wood carvings and carved reliefs, will be available through a silent auction. The sale also will include antique tools, a wide array of carving chisels, jewelry, books and assorted memorabilia.

“The sale has hundreds of works of art, from small sketchbook prints to large paintings framed on the walls, in everybody’s price range, from a few dollars to a few thousand,” Nichols said.

Art enthusiasts and those looking for unique decorative finds can sift through the offerings, including a variety of loose graphics in plastic sleeves that “are perfect for framing,” he said. Some casual studies and sketches that also “would look great framed” can be purchased for $5-$25.

“There is a distinct emphasis on Texas history, and ranch life and culture,” Nichols said of the subject matter. “Yes, it is difficult to let go because there is sentimental value there, but we’re holding onto some of it, too.”

Proceeds from the sale will be used to maintain the Harold Nichols estate, “the better part of a city block,” inherited by Nichols and his sister.

“This makes the works available to people who can enjoy them, and in the process, we realize the funds necessary to help us maintain the property the way we want to,” Nichols said.

Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate.

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