Ryan Turner’s work was featured in both virtual portions of ACBS’s Art Auction. PHOTO COURTESY OF RYAN TURNER

9th annual Auction for the Arts

Bidding on pieces ranging from jewelry to photographs to paintings begins Feb. 22

Bidding for the Arts Council of Big Sky’s (ACBS) 9th annual Auction for the Arts begins on Feb. 22.

An online preview of pieces was offered on Monday and free public viewings at the movie theater are spaced out between Feb. 22 and Feb. 27. A livestream event hosted on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. will wrap up the bidding and feature more artists virtually.

Kimbie Noble, former Texas and current Bozeman resident, transformed Yellowstone’s Old Faithful into a sensory experience beyond just the eyes as her auction submission.

Her acrylic on wood panel titled Faithful was created in the impasto style of painting. Noble described this method as laying thick textures of paint on canvas to create dimensions in a piece.

“I think it completely fits the subject,” Noble said. “You really get a sense of movement. You get a sense of just nature, which in itself is dimensional. We want to reach out, we want to see it, we want to feel it.”

Old Faithful, for any who have witnessed its explosion, really is a sensory experience, as Noble described. For practical reasons, one leaves out the sense of touch, however.

“I want people to feel my painting, like go up and touch it. It’s kind of the perfect subject because it’s a natural wonder. You’re curious about experiencing it with your senses, not just your eyes, but your touch also,” Noble said, and can through her piece in an acceptable way.

Ryan Turner, local Big Sky photographer, submitted a piece to the auction titled Onward. This photograph is a close up of a bison’s eye and horns and he looks forward.

“It was fitting for the year for one, and just looking forward to hopefully moving on from 2020,” Turner said of the title of his photograph. “The bison is typically a strong and enduring animal,” he said, looking onward for its next meal and toward survival.

Noble has spent winters and summers in Big Sky for almost ten years and considers it a second home.

“I wanted to be a part of the art scene in Big Sky for a long time,” she said. This is her first year participating in ACBS’s Art Auction, and she is donating 100% of the proceeds made from her piece back to ACBS.

Turner has participated in ACBS’s auction a handful of times. “It’s a great way for us to help raise some money for the arts and also bring some awareness to our work,” he said. Half of the proceeds from his framed, 33x47 inch photograph will go to ACBS.

“I guess my next thing would be to physically volunteer at some of their events to get to know some of the staff and local collectors,” Noble said. She is in alignment with ACBS’s mission of bringing awareness to the arts and promoting it to all ages.

“I think the arts are hope and healing,” she said.

This year’s art auction is sponsored by Big Sky Sotheby’s. Cocktail viewing parties are available on Feb. 24, 25 and 27 with a maximum of 20 individuals during each time slot.

Tickets may be purchased on ACBS’s website.

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