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“He Wears on His Head a Raven,” an oil painting by Drew Christie, is just one of about 100 silent auction items available at this year’s Auction for the Arts. PHOTO COURTESY OF ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG SKY

ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG SKY

The Arts Council of Big Sky will once again be hosting its Annual Auction for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Grand Ballroom at the Montage Hotel in Big Sky. The event—now in its 12th year—includes a fixed price lottery sale, live and silent auctions, a quick-finish with selected artists, food, drinks and live music.

The silent auction catalog, which features more than 100 juried items from local, regional and national artists, is now available for viewing by visiting bigskyart.org. This year’s silent auction features pottery, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, furniture and more from artists including Jill Zeidler, Parker Ford, Carrie French, Lorraine Lagerbloom, Betsey Hurd, Tabby Ivy, Kirsten Kainz, Rocky Hawkins, Jennifer Pulchinski, Stella Nall, Adair Peck, Sue Moncada and many, many more. The artwork was selected from more than 150 submissions and curated to present a wide range of mediums, price points and styles. The silent auction bidding opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

Those interested in the silent auction will have a chance to see the artwork up close and in person at the Auction Preview event, starting on Friday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. in the old Choppers building. The artwork will be set up for viewing through Monday, Feb. 19, and an opening reception will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, featuring live music with complimentary snacks and beverages. Please visit bigskyarts.org for more details on this event.

Tickets for the in-person gala at the Montage are now on sale at bigskyarts.org. This annual fundraiser for one of Big Sky’s longest running non-profits has become one of the region’s most anticipated events of the year and is a great way to support the Arts Council’s mission of enriching the community through artistic experiences, as well as supporting working artists. Proceeds raised from artworks sales help fund the organization’s education programs, including its pioneering Contribute-What-You-Can art class fee structure, providing accessible and affordable options for participants of all ages. The Arts Council debuted a brand-new classroom in March of 2022, which includes pottery wheels, two kilns and space for a variety of art classes.

For more information on the Arts Council’s programs, please visit bigskyarts.org.

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