Unique ‘SPECTACULART!’ Event a Success

The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie’s newly minted, ‘SPECTACULART!, the 39th annual art auction’, held on November 2nd at the Gallery was deemed a wild success. Hundreds of patrons were dazzled by hoopers, acrobats and fire breathers at our special event.

Executive Director, Jeff Erbach, elaborated on the vision, ‘as an art gallery we consider it our obligation, even when looking to raise funds, to do something extraordinary, dynamic and fun.’ Jeff further put numbers to the fundraiser, ‘As a free, public gallery, it’s critical that we can find support from our community. This year’s event was a net profit of approximately $50,000, which goes a long way in ensuring we can launch exhibitions and all our tours and programs.’

The sold out event included aerial acrobatic performances from Kelowna’s ‘Enthrall Performers Collective’ and a finale with Peace Region’s own ‘Circus of Hell.’ Artwork and experiences were auctioned in both a silent and live format and included pieces from local artists alongside work from Calgary and Vancouver. Food vendors provided snacks and meals in a carnival-like atmosphere inside the gallery. The event was title sponsored by Chrenek Dion & Associates.

Thanks to all who attended, who support the Gallery, and to our amazing artists for their incredible vision and energy!

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Chrenek Dion & Associates
Aurora Eye Care
Ello Marketing + Design Co
Enframe Construction Ltd.
Fulcrum Group Chartered Professional Accountants
Hi-Tech Business Systems Ltd.
JMS Construction
Seven Generations Energy
Tower Services

Thank you to our Performers:
Alex Vieiva
Circus of Hell
DansConnection School of Performing Arts
Dino Run
Enthrall Performers Collective
Halo Tribal
Hula Hoop Circus
MJ Designs
Music with JayFresh
Susan Pearson

Thank you to our Donating Artists:
Bailey Merkley
Bibi Clement
Bryan Chubb
Candace Sanderson
Candice Johnson Popik
Carl White
Carmen Haakstad
Carol Bromley Meeres
Celeste Walsh
Cheryl Paige Bozarth
Christina Wallwork
Clint Wilson
Dalen Chmilar
Dan Wourms
Daniel Sanchez
Darla Dawn Lukac
Edward Bader
Elizabeth Hutchinson
Emily Lozeron
Emma Fimrite
Frances Obie
Grant Berg
Greg Payce
Heide Enzmann
Janice Kretzer-Pryzunka
Karrie Arthurs
Keith Curtis
Ken Lumbis
MAJ Photography
Monique Martin
Parker Thiessen
Patrick Cruz
Peter von Tiesenhausen
Robert Guest
Serena Love
Suzanne Sandboe
Tina Martel
Tiziana Le Melia
Vickie Hotte
Wendy Johnsen

Thank you to our Food Vendors:
FUBAR Beverage Services
Four Points by Sheraton Grande Prairie
Major’s Family Restaurant
OMG! Cupcakes
Sheshu’s Sizzling Tandoor Inc,

Thank you to our Event Photographer:
Liza Curtiss Photography

Special Thanks to:
Gemini Helicopters
Grant Berg Gallery
Lattitude 55
Ritchie Bros.

Planning for next year’s event begins in April 2020 and members of the community can participate by volunteering on planning teams. Contact the Art Gallery for more information at info@aggp.ca or 780-532-8111.

Posted November 8, 2019 in News