On March 21 and 22, Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty sponsored the Arts Council of Big Sky's VIP Artist Reception and 4th Annual Art Auction. For the second year in a row, the auction raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the arts throughout Big Sky, including the Music in the Mountains summer concert series, the winter season of Warren Miller Performing Arts Center programs, programs connected to the local school, and much more.
This year's artist reception featured painter Carol Hagan, and we are fortunate to enjoy a number of her paintings hanging within our office, courtesy of Carol and Creighton Block Gallery in Big Sky. We had 60-70 people in and out of the office on Wednesday afternoon, chatting with Carol, enjoying wine poured by Colleen Helm, certified sommelier and owner of Bozeman's Vino Per Tutti; and featuring tasty hors d'houevres by Lindsie Hurlbut. What a great opportunity to talk with Carol about her art and inspirations!
The following evening was the highlight of the two days with the Art Auction at the Moonlight Basin Lodge featuring over 30 artists contributing art to the silent and live auctions. Live auction artists included well-known painters Kevin Red Star, Tom Gilleon, John Potter, Harry Koyama and Carol Spielman to name a few, and they performed a quick finish session, allowing us to catch a glimpse of what goes into completing one of their masterpieces. In addition to the outstanding paintings, several sculptures were included in the offerings as well.
New this year, the silent auction was modernized by using a digital online platform opening the bidding up remotely to those not able to attend the event. It brought a new level of sophistication to the overall event, and allowed the auction to expand. In addition, the live auction items were included in the online platform allowing everyone to preview the items featured in the live auction in advance. It was a treat to be able to feature so many more artists from near and far, including many Big Sky local favorites like Lorri Lagerbloom, Ryan Turner, Shelly Bermont, Megan Buecking, Heather Rapp, and many more.
This year's event was a sellout, and next year's planning is already underway. If you missed out on attending the 2018 event and want to make sure you have tickets for next year, contact your Big Sky Sotheby's agent, or our main office at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we include you in our Save The Date notification for 2019.