Janca artwork to be auctioned at reception

The project to restore the Crawford House at Tullis Toledano Manor will be the beneficiary of an auction of an original Frank Janca oil painting during a reception Sunday, March 24, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. Courtney Green.

Admission to the reception, which is from 2 to 5 p.m., is $25 per person. It is being sponsored by Tullis Toledano Manor, the City of Biloxi and Beau Rivage. Tickets may be purchased at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Tullis Toledano Manor or Liberto’s Interiors. Tickets also will be available at the door.

The two-story Crawford House is located at the rear of the Tullis property and is in need of stabilization and refurbishment. The city has set aside $200,000 for the project, and funds also are being raised by the Friends of Tullis Toledano Manor.

The Janca painting, which carries a $1,000 minimum bid, is called “Still Life of Red and White Azaleas and Chinese Bowl.”

Janca grew up in Biloxi and attended Nativity BVM Elementary School, Michel Middle School and Biloxi High School. He studied art at the Students League in new York and has shown internationally in Italy and France, and also has paintings in Japan.

An emblem he designed as part of a citywide art contest flew with Biloxian Fred Haise and the crew aboard Apollo 13, and his painting of the landing of d’Iberville, commissioned by the Biloxi Tricentennial, hangs in City Hall.

Janca is represented locally by Liberto’s Interiors, Pass Road, Gulfport. He is conducting workshops there during March.