Grand Junction live auction of ‘art & other treasures’ Feb. 21 |

Grand Junction live auction of ‘art & other treasures’ Feb. 21

Sharon Sullivan
A painting by Kay Crane, titled "Black and White," will be among the pieces available at KAFM's Art and Other Treasures Live Auction.
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WHAT: KAFM Art and Other Treasures Live Auction

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 21, 7-9:30 p.m., (Preview and reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) Preview evening, Thursday, Feb. 20, 5-7 p.m. (Thursday preview does not require a ticket).

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

COST: $15 single; $25 couple; KAFM members: Two for $20. Tickets includes a glass of wine from Grande River Vineyards, live music and hot hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar

INFO: 970-241-8801, ext. 223, or visit

Artwork from both local and internationally renowned artists, Persian rugs and Navajo blankets, along with an array of enticing get-away packages, are among the items people will be bidding for at KAFM Community Radio’s third annual Art and Other Treasures Live Auction, Friday, Feb. 21, at the Clarion Inn in Grand Junction.

Outside of its biannual membership pledge drive, the event has become the non-commercial radio station’s largest fundraising event.

“It’s a great event not only for KAFM; it also supports local and regional artists,” KAFM executive director Tedi Gillespie said. “Part of our mission is to support artists and the arts.”

Artists donate only 30 percent of sales from their works to KAFM — although many choose to give more, Gillespie said. It ends up being a significant revenue boost for KAFM, and good exposure for the artists as well.

More than 100 items will be featured at the auction, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, antiques and pottery.

Renowned art collector and auctioneer Mike Hurshman brings internationally known artists’ works to the auction, Gillespie said.

A sampling of some of the local artists that will be featured include Gayle Gerson, Tish Collins, Steve Datz, Ron Cloyd, John Lintott and John Anglim.

One of the unique things about this art auction fundraiser is you’ll find fine art alongside pre-Columbian ceramic figures and various entertainment packages, Gillespie said. Hence the name — “Art and Other Treasures.”

If you’re not an art collector, there are other things to take home such as clothing, jewelry, trips, and spa and music packages.

For example, the “Ouray Stay and Soak: Wiesbaden Hot Springs Lodge Getaway” includes a night for two at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and unlimited use of the continually flowing hot springs vapor cave with soaking pool and outdoor pool. The package also includes a private soak in the Lorelei hot spring; a guided tour of the Ouray Alchemist Museum; a show at the Wright Opera House; appetizers and drinks at the famous Outlaw Restaurant; dinner for two and craft beers at the Ouray Brewery; and more. Its retail value is $500; minimum bid is $200 — 100 percent of which goes to KAFM.

There’s also a KAFM Music Lovers Package that includes a Floyd Rose electric guitar from Hart Music, two tickets for KAFM’s anniversary concert series, a new CD music selection every month, and four tickets to any classical series concert by the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

It’s an evening to mix and mingle, and view artworks while listening to live jazz music by John Schultz and Alycia Vince. The ticket price includes a glass of wine from Grande River Vineyards, and hors d’oeuvres.

Anyone can preview the art on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5-7 p.m. Some of the artists will be present that evening. Local musician Steve Williams will perform jazz that evening.

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