Auction for the Arts coming right up

The Arts Council of Big Sky is pleased to be hosting its sixth annual fundraising art auction event on Thursday, March 22, at the Moonlight Lodge from 6-10 p.m. The event is sponsored by Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty.

There are two ticket levels for the event. General tickets are $75 each and include admission to the auction, heavy appetizers and two drink tickets good for a draft beer or house wine. There are also VIP tickets available for $125, which include all of the above plus admission to two other events: a noon luncheon with the artists on March 22 at Buck’s T4 and an artist reception with Carol Hagan at the Sotheby’s real estate office in Big Sky Town Center. 

The VIP tickets also give you preferred front-row seating at the live auction, and one entry into a raffle to win an original oil painting by R. Tom Gilleon. The painting, titled “Design Sketch for Green Buffalo,” will be given away at the noon VIP luncheon on the day of the event. Must be present to win. Tickets can be purchased online at

“We’re excited to bring in these amazing artists and showcase them to the Big Sky community,” says ACBS Executive Director Brian Hurlbut.“This event has grown over the years and this year we are featuring several new, highly collectible artists.”

The evening begins at 6 p.m., with a Quick “Finish” session with well-known artists Kevin Red Star, Carol Hagan, Gary Lynn Roberts, John Potter, Carol Speilman, Michael Blessing, Laurie Stevens, Susan Blackwood, Meagan Blessing, Julie Chapman, Todd Connor, Howard Friedland, John Potter, Tom English, Shirle Wempner, Greg Woodard, Mike Barlow, Joe Kronenberg, Barbara Schwarz Karst, Pam Caughey and more. 

These artists will be finishing their work during the first part of the event, and then the final pieces will be auctioned off later in the evening. People are encouraged to come early and watch as the pieces come to life, then finished and framed in front of them.

Also, there will be several finished works auctioned off, including new pieces from R. Tom Gilleon and Harry Koyama.

During the quick-finish session, appetizers will be passed around and the lodge will be open with a full bar. Light jazz music from the Adam Greenberg Trio will be playing as well. This year will again feature a silent auction component, featuring local and regional artists, and the night will finish with dessert and more music.

The live auction for the artwork will be called by auctioneer Troy Black, getting the bidding going in the Moonlight Lodge dining room. Part of the auction also will be a paddle raise, and half of the proceeds from the entire auction will go directly to the Arts Council of Big Sky to help offset the costs of producing more than 20 events throughout the year—many of them free—and to support our other programs such as public art, education and cultural outreach. This is a great way to acquire some incredible artwork and contribute to the arts council.

For more information on this event, please call the ACBS at (406) 995-2742 or visit


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