Grand Junction’s KAFM hosts annual art auction fundraiser |

Grand Junction’s KAFM hosts annual art auction fundraiser

Brittany Markert
Last year's KAFM 88.1 art auction raised more than $15,000 for the station; around $30,000 was given back to the artists who participated. The auction is set for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29-30.
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WHAT: KAFM 88.1 Art & Other Treasures Live Auction

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m. & Friday, Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m.

WHERE: Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction

COST: Preview night free, Auction night $15 for individuals, $25 per couple, $20 for KAFM members, includes two tickets


Mark your calendars for the fourth annual KAFM 88.1 Art & Other Treasures Live Auction, set for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 29-30. The event is planned for Clarion Hotel, located at 755 Horizon Dr., in Grand Junction.

“This is probably one of the top five fundraisers we do every year,” volunteer programmer and marketing assistant John Anglim said. “What is great about this, in my mind, is it benefits the station, but it also benefits the artists and collectors who donate pieces.”

Last year, KAFM earned about $15,000 from the auction, Anglim explained. At least 30 percent of each piece sold goes to the station, with some artists donating up to 60 percent.

Operation costs for KAFM total around $365,000 per year.

“It’s amazing a community this size can support the local arts and culture community,” said Mark McCain, KAFM’s executive director.

Ramona Winkler, KAFM’s operations director, added: “I’m amazed at all the artists who want to participate in this event.”


On Thursday, Jan. 29, from 5-7 p.m., a preview night is arranged, which is free and open to the public. It gives bidders the chance to view more than 100 pieces of art, jewelry, rugs, antiques and more. Many artists will be onsite to talk about their pieces.

“The preview night is a good way to figure out what you want to bid on the next day,” Anglim said.

The main event is set for Saturday, Jan. 30, from 7-9 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for individuals or $25 per couple, which includes wine tickets, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. KAFM members can purchase two tickets for $20.

The event also will also consist of a new silent auction, which includes smaller art and collectable pieces. All proceeds from the silent auction benefit the station.

Participating artists include Quant Ho, Stephen Datz, Robert Harper and Gordon Brown.


KAFM 88.1 is a locally-owned, volunteer-based, community radio station located at 13010 Ute Ave. in Grand Junction. It is one of only 200 local community radios nationwide.

The station came about after Colorado Public Radio’s live presence moved to Denver. It began broadcasting in 1999.

“From the beginning there have been so many strong supporters to the station,” Anglim said.

Music played spans jazz to bluegrass to rock, and each programmer is a volunteer. Talk shows are also hosted.

KAFM has more than 200 volunteers, spanning on-air personalities and behind-the-scenes work.

“Everyone involved feels ownership to the station,” Anglim said. “It also brings everyone together for the love of the music.”

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