Don’t miss your chance to acquire some sensational prizes!


All proceeds from The RazzMaTazz ‘Silent Auction’ go entirely to our 2019 charities: Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum; The Ormerod Centre at The Marlborough School; and ROSY.

Here’s how it works: Review the information on the prizes listed and determine which ones you want to bid on and what price you want to offer as a bid. Whoever bids highest wins the Prize! (for example, there might be ten bids but if £32 is highest, that could be the winner!)

Bidding takes place from Friday 8th until Friday 22nd November. Just return your confidential bidding form before the 22nd to OR give it to the Woodstock Post Office OR to to Iona House Gallery. No monies are paid until the auction winner is announced. Simple as that!

Winning bidders will be notified on 25th November. Winning bids must be paid by 27th November or the Prize will roll to the next highest bidder. Please contact the above email with any questions or ring 07801 337 942.

Number One

Two Nights at The Stafford Hotel in St James’s, London

(anonymous resident donation)

Two nights, inclusive of VAT.

Nestled in the heart of historic St James’s, and just minutes from London’s iconic landmarks and vibrant West End, The Stafford London is the epitome of traditional British luxury, steeped in history and character and one of the last remaining bastions of Great British hospitality.

The rooms are elegant and charming and in contemporary or countryside style and always with  the utmost attention to detail.

The Game Bird Restaurant at The Stafford is a place to eat, drink and socialise. The focus is on modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache.

The American Bar is an institution with the wonderful history and the memorabilia-filled walls for which it is famous.

This prize carries a value of £800+.

Number Two

Paul Evans ‘Bluebell Wood’ Limited Edition Print
no. 34/45 

(donated by Iona House Gallery)

In vivid greens and blues, Bluebell Wood, is an exquisite limited edition print depicting a wooded glen, carpeted in bluebells and speckled with the light of early Spring.  The print is unframed and mounted on a triple ivory mount.  The overall size (including mount) is H 66cm x W 64cm  (H 26 x W 25 inches).  This print carries a retail price of £299 and this is the last available copy by this sought after artist.

Considered one of today’s leading landscape painters, Paul Evans has been a professional artist since studying illustration and printmaking in the early 1970s.  His highly individual style, inspired by landscapes in East Anglia, Sussex Downs, Kent Weald, and Cornwall concentrates on light and the changing seasons.  Two books have been published on his work and he has had over 50 solo exhibitions.

Number Three

Rod Craig framed painting ‘Blenheim at Midnight’

(donated by the artist)

This dramatic semi-abstract watercolour depicts the night landscape across the lake towards Blenheim Palace. It is large in scale, with a white surround and striking black frame.  Framed the work measures H 46cm x W 61cm  (H 18 inches x W 24 inches) and has a retail value of £750.

Rod Craig’s paintings are much sought after and he is well know to many for his stylistically diverse representations of the town of Woodstock, Blenheim Palace and countryside landscapes.  He began painting at a young age and after a career in design work, began painting as a full-time artist in 2010.  He divides his time between the cityscape of Bath and the countryside of Woodstock.

Number Four

John Somerscales framed painting ‘High Street Woodstock’

(donated by the artist)

Depicting a typical Woodstock day under an English sky, this oil painting by acclaimed artist John Somerscales is filled with all the charm of the town.  Light and shadow feature strongly in many of John’s works and that is reflected here in his treatment of the sky and light on the buildings and trees.  Framed in a simple oak frame, the painting measures H 46cm x W 36.5  (H 18 inches x W 14 inches) and has a value of £325.00

John Somerscales worked for over thirty years in illustration and design and since 2013 has devoted more time to his oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings.  Based in Kidlington, he is well known for his plein-air, impressionistic approach.  He is widely exhibited and a much sought after artist.

Number Five

Mary Knowland framed painting ‘Bottle, Plate, Lemon, Orange’

(donated by the artist)

Fresh and lively, ‘Bottle, Plate, Lemon, Orange’ is an abstracted representation but one with a twist, in that the ink line and gouache are painted in a stylistically unique manner, whereby, while working, the artist looks only at the objects and not the paper on which she is painting.  This wonderful and large painting will brighten up any room.  With a white mount and black frame it measures  H 57cm  x W 49cm  (H 22 ½ inches x W 19 inches) this work carries a value of £225.

Mary Knowland began her artistic career as a potter and later switched to painting.  She works from her studio near Witney and has exhibited at Oxford Artweeks for over 30 years.  In addition to painting, Mary also teaches.  Her work can be found at Amanda Hanley By Design on the High Street in Burford.

Number Six

Sterling Silver and Cubic Zirconia Necklace – Designed by Libby Rak

(donated by Libby Rak Jewellery)

This stunning necklace, designed by Woodstock jeweller Libby Rak, is a large cubic zirconia set in sterling silver positioned on a black spinel bead necklace.  A real eye catcher that sells for £280.

Libby Rak trained with acclaimed jewellery designer Julia Beusch and attended the prestigious jewellery school, The British Academy of Jewellery, before setting up her Woodstock shop in 2017.  Libby’s jewellery is designed by her and handmade in sterling silver, gold and semi-precious and precious gemstones.

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