On Thursday, May 7th the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is holding its annual Art Auction and Dinner at the Victoria Inn, to celebrate an evening of art and elegance. The dinner and art auction is a twenty-seven year tradition for local patrons of the arts , helping to build regional art collections while supporting the AGSM’s children’s educational programs.
Some of the area’s most beloved artists have generously agreed to donate work in both the live and silent auction in support of the Art Gallery, including Kevin Conlin. In a recent Main Gallery show his fossil-inspired vessels and ceramic works received stellar reviews, unprecedented attendance, and spurred a long list of visiting school groups and community tours. Conlin, a Brandon native renowned in regional ceramic circles, bases his work on findings as an amateur paleontologist, and has contributed significant specimens to The Manitoba Museum. Another piece featured in the Auction is by well-known nature photographer, Brian Milne, whose stunning photographs have graced the pages of “Time”, “Audubon”, and “National Geographic”. The always highly anticipated work of Fay Jelly will also be a part of this year’s auction. Jelly has graciously donated a new large scale, abstract painting for this year’s auction patrons to bid over!
Another exciting addition to this year’s auction is a large donated piece from a local by artist Riel Benn. Benn, a prolific regional and national artist from the Birdtail Sioux First Nation, has been a nominee and recipient for numerous awards including the National YTV Achievement Award, and Manitoba’s Aboriginal Youth Achievement award in 2001.
Local favourites will also be showcased in the live auction including Curt Shoultz, Shirley Brown, Chris Reid, and even the evening’s co-Master of Ceremonies, Peter Morin. The more affordable smaller works in the silent auction include pieces by Steve Gouthro, Cheryl Orr-Hood, Brian Kayes, and many others. Funds raised during the evening will go to support the AGSM’s Children’s programs to help ensure that the region continues to produce vibrant and celebrated artists.
You can preview some of the live auction pieces here: