Art Center auction Friday: Regional & Grand Junction artists featured in fundraiser |

Art Center auction Friday: Regional & Grand Junction artists featured in fundraiser

Camille Silverman
Special to the Free Press
The Art Center in Grand Junction will host its annual auction fundraiser on Friday, May 1. A featured artists, Jac Kephart of Grand Juntion, isi shown at work in his studio.
Courtesy / The Art Center |

The Art Center’s benefit auction, sponsored by US Bank, is scheduled for Friday, May 1. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Bidding on silent auction items will start immediately, as will viewing of 80 fine art pieces available in the live auction. Auction tickets are available for $20 at The Art Center’s front desk. It is located on the corner of Seventh Street and Orchard Avenue. The Art Center’s hours run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays for auction ticket purchase.

On Thursday, April 30, The Art Center will additionally host a day-long preview from 5-8 p.m. with an artist meet-and-greet event. It is free and open to the public. The silent auction will also be open on Thursday with gift baskets for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, kids and pets.

Artists’ works will come from all over the country and span a variety of tastes. Many past resident artists are participating as well, as those who have lived and worked in the Grand Valley for years. At 7 p.m., the live auction begins with introductions by the auction team — Chuck and Robbie Breaux, Lee Borden and Jill Herbert.

The Art Center has seen much success from this fundraiser because it has always maintained an expansive network of friendships and support from western Colorado and beyond. Collectors and artists have donated over 30 works at 100 percent to auction, all in an effort to help maintain a thriving center for everyone accessible to all.

Denver artist Tony Ortega is new to the auction bidding lineup in 2015 with a work on paper called “Super Hombre.” Ortega contributed this piece to auction after spending a day locally teaching a workshop. Jim Romberg, a Sedona clay artist of national ranking, has also donated a vessel from his own collection to help in the effort. Other featured artists include Denver clay artist Bob Smith and local painters Sandy King and Jac Kephart

The Art Center and artist-in-residence Terry Shepherd built a large network of support from both national and regional clay communities that use the facilities as a resource for exhibition as well as a communal space for clay experimentation. All of this is funded in part by this auction fundraiser.

Visit for updates on lectures and workshops that are in conjunction with this auction fundraising event. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year for this center for the arts.

Camille Silverman is the executive director of The Art Center.

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