October 26th, 2020

SAAG hosts annual art auction

By Bobinec, Greg on November 25, 2019.

Herald photo by Greg Bobinec
Local artist Courtney Faulkner poses with her art work that she donated for the Southern Alberta Art Gallerys annual Art Auction, Saturday evening. @GBobinecHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


The Southern Alberta Art Gallery welcomed the community to their building for their annual Art Auction for an evening of entertainment, art and community support.

Rebranding into the Art Frenzy, SAAG welcomed people for the 27th year to auction off art from the local and global community. This year, in addition to the rebranding, SAAG brought DJ’s to the event, a new auctioneer and a whole new environment for people to enjoy.

“It is the 27th annual Art Auction, it has been rebranded with Art Frenzy,” says Marie Takahashi, development co-ordinator with SAAG.

“It is a new energy, we have DJ’s this year, we have an auctioneer for the first time and we are trying to appeal to a younger crowd and bring in people who wouldn’t traditionally look at contemporary art or how much art is available in the community and just open the event up to be more inclusive.”

The funds raised through the annual art auction will be going towards supporting the SAAG, and their programs including many youth programs, adult programs, supporting emerging artists in the community, as well as bringing in global artists to share their work.

“We are so impressed and thankful for the incredible generosity from our community of artists, donors, local businesses and sponsors,” says Kirsty Trinier, Executive Director of SAAG.

“There are so many amazing artworks that will live in our community after tonight’s exciting live and silent auction. Art Frenzy is truly the auction that supports art, and thanks for everyone who came out for the party of the season.”

Throughout the evening, people were able to participate in the silent and live auction of artwork donated from a variety of local and global artists. Emerging artist in the community, Courtney Faulkner donated one of her paintings and says it’s not only exciting as a young artist to be at an event like this, but also humbling to be next to so many established artists.

“I submitted a painting. I am still in school right now and in my previous semester I did a lot of painting and I really focused on the colour pink, so those are the most of the queues I used in the painting, and I was also exploring painting on surfaces other than canvas, so it is painted on a floral fabric,” says Faulkner.

“It is really exciting as an emerging and a younger artist in the scene to be chosen to show your work and to donate to SAAG because you are being shown next to some really well known and established artists in the community and abroad. It is really exciting to be able to support the gallery as well as being recognized as an artist in the community.”

Throughout the evening, the love of art was shared collectively with the community as they bid for the pieces they would like to have in their collections and learn more about all of the different art found throughout Lethbridge.

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