Grand time at Grand Wine Affair |

Grand time at Grand Wine Affair

Nearly 20 artists contributed pieces for this year’s Grand Wine Affair silent auction. Pictured from left to right are Betsy Blackard, Gail Zentmyer, George Cutting III, Rachel Opstein, Willa Higuera, Lynn J. Shore, Lanny Grant, Dr. LeAnn Kocher (standing in for her husband Klaus Kocher), Eric Gentry, Kevin Richard and Alan Lambert. Artists not pictured include Dean Bowlby, Sheila Summers, Martie Wisdom Edwards, Jo Bair, Ruth Mollman, Rene Fisher, Dee Warwick and Terry Southworth.
Provided by Grand River Health |

The eighth annual Grand Wine Affair has come and gone. This year we joined with Bookcliffs Art Council’s “Art Around Town” and almost 20 local artists from Parachute to Glenwood added to the silent auction and pushed the total amount of funds raised to over $15,000 – more than double that of past years. The high bids went for two extraordinary framed paintings by Silt residents Lanny Grant and Dean Bowlby. The artists in attendance rounded out the evening by talking about their work with attendees. George Cutting II, president of Bookcliff’s Art Council, was present and felt the event was fantastic.

Our gracious sponsors — FCI Constructors, Central Distributing, Davis Partnership Architects and ME Engineers — also contributed to help make this year’s donation very substantial. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of furnishings and therapy aids for the children’s therapy rooms at Grand River Health’s Clinic West in Battlement Mesa Children Mental Health Department.

Betty Mosby, chair of the event, and her committee worked tirelessly to collect donations for the auction, in addition to months of logistics planning. “My reward is seeing the community come together at the event,” Mosby said. “Everyone seems truly happy to see other community members which makes for such a memorable evening.”

Choice Liquors orchestrated over 15 vendors featuring more than 100 wines and beers. One of the stars of the evening was the Coney Island Root beer by Mountain Beverage (yes, it is hard root beer and it was definitely a hit).

If you missed this event, the ninth annual Grand Wine Affair will be held on Sept. 15, 2016. We hope to continue this seamless collaboration with the Bookcliffs Art Council and include 20 area artists. Anyone who would like to donate an auction item and be a featured artist in 2016 can call Dee at 625-6215.

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