Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford shows off Salvador Dali’s The Last Supper, one of the items available for the gallery’s 40th annual art auction. Steve Kidd/Western News

Penticton Art Gallery serves up an eclectic palette for art auction

Dali, Colville, Karsh, Snowden and more on the auction block

Paul Crawford had a couple of goals when putting together this year’s art auction.

He wanted to ensure there was something for every price range, and that there was a wide variety of pieces coming under the auction hammer.

“I am trying to get a real variety of historic, contemporary art objects … at every price point so there is a little bit of something for everybody,” said Crawford, curator of the Penticton Art Gallery.

More: B.C. history on auction

This is the 40th annual Art Auction, one of the gallery’s major fundraisers. Crawford has been here for 10 of those, but about three years ago, he started thinking about reworking the auction to take the pressure off the local artists, who are asked to contribute items for sale each year.

“More and more I started to seek out items from further afield and working to get donations from people that were downsizing their own collections,” said Crawford.

That’s created a wide selection of items on sale at the auction, which ranges this year from a signed poster of Roberta Bondar — the first Canadian woman in space — to photographic portraits by Yousuf Karsh and Lord Snowden.

“I also wanted to foster a culture of collecting. I wanted people to buy objects because they love the story behind the object and that story enhances the object,” said Crawford, adding that the reaction from patrons has been enthusiastic.

“It sort of proved a theory that I had about what people would be interested in,” said Crawford. “In doing these auctions, it’s been really great seeing the under-40 crowd coming out, bidding on items and getting excited.”

Crawford said this is probably the gallery’s most aggressive year of gathering unique items for sale.

There’s also a classic acoustic guitar, signed by the members of Blue Rodeo during their performance in Penticton earlier this year and a bas-relief by Salvador Dali.

“It’s called The Last Supper and it was produced in 1978,” said Crawford, adding that this version in platinum — there are three versions, platinum, gold and silver.

“Doing research online, I have found them upwards of $25,000 online. Appraisal came back at $7,500,” said Crawford.

Online bidding for the auction has already begun at www.4thmeridian.ca. A full preview of the auction items begins on June 14 and runs through to June 22, with guided tours on June 17 and 18 at 1 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at the Penticton Art Gallery for $75 each or $70 each for members. Groups of four are $275. Semi-formal attire recommended.

Just Posted

Column: A solar pioneer in the Okanagan rides among us

This Summerland octogenarian has been producing his own electrical energy for more than 20 years

Penticton group serving dinner to the less fortunate has to move

Monday night dinners at Nanaimo Square will be served at a different location

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: cloudy

Environment Canada is calling for a similar day tomorrow.

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to the Okanagan

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone Award Foundation charity weekend in Kelowna

Vehicle fire slows down traffic east of Osoyoos

A vehicle fire has slowed down traffic on Highway 3

Marriage proposal on the big screen at Enderby drive-in

Kelowna man gets engaged in front of hundreds to Vernon sweetheart

Nominate your favourite businesses for the Best of the South Okanagan

Join the Penticton Western News as they celebrate the Best of the South Okanagan awards

On-duty Vancouver police officer facing dangerous driving charges

Few details have been provided about the case

Government dedicates $5 million to address workplace sexual harassment

Four organizations in B.C. will split the stipend

Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

Premier John Horgan called the spike in gas prices ‘alarming’

Driver, animals escape injury after collision on Highway 1 near Sicamous

RCMP say road conditions were not a factor in afternoon crash

Okanagan College Enactus chapter brings home national gold

Students are leading the way to social betterment

Fifth cannabis store proposed for downtown Salmon Arm

City council has already approved maximum of four stores policy supports for commercial core

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

Most Read