The Arts on the Edge 2014 silent auction will be the biggest in the 10 year history of the exhibition and festival. On Friday, August 8, attendees at the Arts on the Edge 2014 Gala Reception can bid on over 50 items, including flights for 2 with Pacific Coastal to either Vancouver or Kelowna, a Romance package including dinner and accommodation at St. Eugene Mission, a feast for 2 at the Old Bauernhaus, 2 nights’ accommodation at Sullivan Stone, a night’s accommodation for 2 at the Chateau Kimberley, gift certificates for several Kimberley restaurants, the Spirit Rock Climbing Centre and other businesses, and some wonderful artworks such as Calgary artist Colin Bell’s painting “Madison River Fishermen”, Jim Lawrence’s photograph of a Northern Pygmy Owl, and paintings by Caprice Hogg, Lori Joe, Helen Robertson, Elaine Rudser, and Yoki among others.
Each year the silent auction at the Gala Reception has been one of the main fundraisers for the Arts on the Edge festival. Kimberley Arts Council is grateful to all the businesses and individuals who donate items to the auction and to the top bidders who carry away the prizes. This year’s silent auction will take place in the Centre 64 dance studio where the Don Davies jazz group will entertain and where a no-host wine and beer bar will be available. Complimentary appetizers will be served throughout the evening.
During the Gala Reception, which begins at 7.00 p.m., cash prizes will be awarded to the winning artists in the 10th annual Arts on the Edge exhibitions for established and emerging artists, which will be on display in the main and upper galleries until August 30. The exhibition will feature the work of artists from Calgary to Castlegar and is expected to include paintings, drawings, digital prints, sculptures, fibre arts, and ceramics. This year it is anticipated that prizes totaling $2,500 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and honorable mentions in each exhibition. A People’s Choice Award will be voted on by those attending the Gala and during the run of the exhibition.
Public admission to the Arts on the Edge Gala Reception is $12 with tickets available at Centre 64, The Snowdrift Café, and at the door. Exhibiting artists and invited guests are admitted free.