Annual auction hosted at Grand Junction’s Art Center |

Annual auction hosted at Grand Junction’s Art Center

Brittany Markert
Robert Harper seen creating his painting en plein air.
Submitted photo |

Looking to start an art collection? Buy your first piece Friday, May 2, at The Art Center’s annual Fine Art Auction — located at 1803 N. Seventh St., in Grand Junction.

“It is a beautiful circle of life that makes The Art Center able to stay fresh and funded,” The Art Center director Camille Silverman said, “so lectures, exhibition, and studio programs for all ages, abilities and challenges can continue to push new boundaries.”

The event on May 2 will open its galleries from 5-7 p.m. The live auction will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the door. More than 75 pieces are up for bid.

The line-up includes Karol Apel, Brian Baker, Maggie Cook, Julie Glassman, Robbie Breaux, and Gailen Schmidt.

On Thursday, May 1, from 6-8 p.m. a preview night will be hosted, including an artist double feature — both Robert Harper of Idaho and Frank Francese of Grand Junction. Francese will give a demo and talk during the preview. Many other artists will be in attendance.

“It’s a good way to meet them about their process and auction pieces,” Silverman noted.

The theme for the event is a little 1960s flair, so it’s encouraged to dress for the occasion.

The auction team consists of Lee Borden, Natasha Krasnow, Jill Herbert and Dr. Chuck Breaux, Silverman added.

If you are unable to attend the auction, an absentee bid is available. All art work is available to preview early.

Contact Silverman at 970-243-7337, ext. 4, to schedule a showing or for more information about the auction.


Robert Harper is one of the featured artists at this year’s Art Center Art Auction on Friday, May 2. He has been painting for more than 42 years. He started with acrylics and his medium now is oil paintings. Harper lived in Grand Junction for more than two decades and was involved with The Art Center workshops and auctions. His painting style is a blend of representation, impressionist and old world.

“When I go outside, I try to see what excites me,” Harper said. “I find what catches my eye and try to zero in on that area. Then I make the rest of the painting subordinate to the main character of the show.”

Singers, actors, and even politicians have purchased his art. On April 30 and May 1 he will host an en plein air workshop.

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