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Northampton artist Silas Kopf’s panel of Pleasant Street theater fetches $5,100 on eBay

  • Silas Kopf in his Easthampton studio.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Silas Kopf in his Easthampton studio.
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  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>A marquetry panel by artist Silas Kopf of the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton recently sold on an eBay auction for $5,100.<br/>

    PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA
    A marquetry panel by artist Silas Kopf of the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton recently sold on an eBay auction for $5,100.
    Purchase photo reprints »

  • Silas Kopf in his Easthampton studio.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF AMHERST CINEMA<br/>A marquetry panel by artist Silas Kopf of the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton recently sold on an eBay auction for $5,100.<br/>

An anonymous Northampton resident has acquired a marquetry panel of the now-closed Pleasant Street Theater created by artist Silas Kopf after submitting a bid of $5,100 for the piece.

The money from the sale — the panel was auctioned off this month on eBay — will benefit Amherst Cinema, which operated the popular Pleasant Street movie theater for four years until it closed in June.

“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Carol Johnson, Amherst Cinema’s executive director, of the auction price. “It gives honor to the time Silas put into the piece. It’s wonderful when an artist can support the arts through their work.”

Kopf’s marquetry work measures 37 inches by 27 inches and shows families waiting in front of the theater as they wait for it to open.

The 63-year-old artist, who lives in Northampton and works in Easthampton, volunteered to make the panel after Johnson asked if he would contribute to the fundraising effort.

Bidding for the piece began on eBay on Dec. 9 and ran until 9 a.m. on Dec. 16.

“The bidding was kind of frenetic for the last hour,” said Johnson, with about a half dozen serious bidders vying for the piece. She said the winning bidder saw the panel displayed at R. Michelson Galleries on Main Street and “just fell in love.”

Kopf, who along with his wife, Linda, was a longtime fan of the Pleasant Street Theater, helped lead a successful campaign to reopen the movie house after it initially closed in 2007.

In an earlier interview, Kopf said he hopes his panel will help keep the memory of the theater alive.

A full-size print of the panel now hangs in the office at Amherst Cinema, Johnson said. “It captures the warmth and intricacy of the piece.”

The Amherst Cinema is selling 11-by-17-inch unframed prints of the work for $75 at its box office at 28 Amity St.

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