Players Workshop will raffle “Nancy,” # 1 of 36 of a limited edition of a hand-tinted etching taken from a woodcut by American artist Wm. J. Ellington, as part of a Players Workshop effort to raise funds to repair the roof at their Workshop Theater at 1431 Grove St., Burlington.

                “Nancy” is a gentle portrait of a young girl holding a pet rabbit and is one of the artworks donated to The Workshop by the late Bob and Marianne Ahrold.  Long-time supporters of the local community theater, the Ahrold’s donated several pieces of artwork to Players Workshop several years ago, with the provision that none of it be sold until after their deaths.

                The artist, Wm. J. Ellington lived from 1933-1994; he studied art at Minnesota College of Art and Design; he then studied print making at the University of Iowa.  He taught art at the University of St. Cloud.  The artwork was professionally appraised in 2014, when the appraiser, Robert C. Norman, stated that, although the artist’s work goes for varying prices, “this piece is in very good condition;” Norman appraised its value as $2880.

                “Nancy” will be on display at the Burlington Art Center on Jefferson St., except when it is displayed at Players Workshop during the performances of The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 3-6) and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec. 6-8 and 12-15).  It can also be viewed on the workshop website

              Tickets are available from Players Workshop members,  will be sold at the performances named above, and are also available for sale at Burlington Buy The Book on Jefferson St.  They may also be purchased by contacting Workshop Pres. Mary Fox at 319-750-6046. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.

                The drawing for “Nancy” will take place during the final performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Dec. 15; the winner does not need to be present to win.  Players Workshop is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization


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