Auction a whole new world for Silt artist |

Auction a whole new world for Silt artist

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Photo Courtesy of Bob Turitz

SILT, Colorado ” Artist Bernie Boettcher, of Silt, had no idea what he was getting into when he signed on to paint a large globe for Big Horn Toyota’s Mother Earth Exhibition sponsored by Holy Cross Energy, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

“They wanted me to paint a globe,” he said. “I had no clue what it was going to look like. When they delivered it, I found out how big it really was.”

The fiberglass globe was 5 feet in diameter balancing on an 18-inch post and took Boettcher by surprise.

“It just looked like a giant golf ball on a tee when I got it,” Boettcher said. “It was fun to tee it off.”

Boettcher was one of 20 local artists that participated in the exhibition, presented by Ski Country 104.7 in Eagle and the town of Eagle, that was based on the success of last year’s Boots on Broadway Exhibit. That exhibit included 6-foot-tall fiberglass boots that were painted by local artists.

“The whole idea is to auction off these globes to raise money for some local charities,” said Holli Snyder with NRC Broadcasting, the company that owns Ski Country 104.7.

This year’s exhibit theme was “Love Your Mother,” and several of the globes were even decorated like … a globe. All 20 of the globes have been on display throughout the town of Eagle since the end of June and can be viewed online at, most of which will be auctioned off on Sept. 6. Bids start at $2,000 per globe and are being taken online by simply following the “bid” link on the same website.

However, the globe painted by Boettcher will not be auctioned, as Holy Cross will be keeping the globe to showcase at its home office in Glenwood Springs.

Some of the local charities benefiting from the sale of the globes include: The OK Corral, Snowboard Outreach Society, The Youth Foundation, Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, Shaw Cancer Center and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

The exhibit was something that Holy Cross member services and marketing administrator Steve Casey was proud to be a part of.

“It seemed like a natural connection with the globe idea and with mother earth as it ties or relates to our WE CARE program,” Casey said. “From the beginning I was like, oh my gosh, here is this new event with mother earth and I looked at it as a rare opportunity to spread awareness of the planet earth.”

Holy Cross contacted Boettcher with some ideas about what they would like to include on their globe, and the company saw it as a creative way to educate the public on programs available through the energy cooperative that can help lessen the impact to mother earth.

“To get people intrigued by the artwork and ask, ‘What am I doing or capable of doing to help the planet,'” Casey said.

So, Boettcher included not only the likeness of mother earth but also included alternative energy sources like wind turbines and solar energy, and emphasized the use of Energy Star appliances that require less energy to operate.

Boettcher was pleased to participate even though the project proved to be more challenging that first anticipated.

“There was some difficulty with transferring the globe image to the sphere,” Boettcher said. “On a flat surface it’s pretty simplistic, but the globe proved to be more difficult. If I’d winged it, it would have been fairly awkward. But once I figured it out it worked out pretty good. We had a fun time with it and presented a lot of challenges with it.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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