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January 23, 2013
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An auction of Art & Other Treasures

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -Could it be time to add a piece of artwork to your home?KAFM Community Radio is hosting its second annual Art and other Treasures live auction Friday, Feb. 1, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive. It's an opportunity to score new artwork from a range of national, regional and local artists, and at the same time support the Grand Valley's truly local, and noncommercial radio station.The "art and other treasures" can be previewed 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in advance of the live auction Friday, which starts promptly at 7. Socializing, hors d'oeuvres and previewing time is from 5-7 p.m., Friday.Art collector and auctioneer Mike Hurshman will auction off artworks by both national and regional artists, as well as many local artists such as Gale Gerson, Charles Hardy and Stephen Datz.The auction includes vintage textiles, Persian rugs, antiques, sculptures and House of Blues memorabilia. Hurshman is a longtime member of KAFM, is passionate about rock 'n' roll, and an avid listener of the station. He's also an art collector. He approached the member-supported station last year about organizing a live art auction as a fundraiser and offered to bring in national, regional and local artists - an event that turned out to be a signature fundraising event for KAFM.The art auction raised $47,000 - $16,000 for the radio station. The remainder of the money went to the artists who sold artwork at the event. "For us, it was tremendously successful," KAFM Executive Director Tedi Gillespie said.As auctioneer, Hurshman shared his extensive knowledge of the artists and the artworks, which the audience clearly enjoyed, Gillespie said. Hurshman will be present for Thursday's preview to answer questions about this year's art."It's an amazing array of artists," Gillespie said. And, "the thing I like the best, we're not asking artists for 100 percent of their art. Our mission is to support the arts in the valley. We ask for a minimum of 30 percent donation. They can choose a higher percentage to donate if they want, and a lot of them do."That way it's good for them - it helps promote their art, and KAFM benefits."The auction will also feature jewelry, furniture and various entertainment and travel packages. A Mountain Adventure package includes Powderhorn lift tickets with a stay at the Slopeside Inn; his-and-her Loki jackets; and gift cards for Mountain Khaki's and Summit Canyon Mountaineering. Another package includes gift certificates to six of the valley's best restaurants.Hart Music offered up a Floyd Rose electric guitar; Brown Cycles is auctioning either a men's or women's Electra Cruiser bike. One longtime supporter of the station gave a Chinese silk rug for the auction, Gillespie said. Local woodworker John Sasso donated a three-drawer dresser made from alder, walnut and maple. "It's a beautiful, beautiful dresser," Gillespie said. "It's fun, (and a chance to acquire) one-of-a-kind, unique pieces."On the Thursday preview night, jazz musician Steve Williams will perform, while his colleague John Schultz will perform Friday. Other KAFM supporters who have helped make the event possible include U.S. Bank, Hanson International, Enstrom Candies, Hurshman Safety Consultants, Safari Ltd, and the law firm of Griff, Larson, Laiche and Wright.

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