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Not-so-Silent Auction

Some of the Okanagan’s top artists are throwing their support behind the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art’s annual Not-so-Silent Auction, and that means a great opportunity for local art collectors to pick up some exclusive works.

This year’s auction includes works by emerging artists such as Lucas Glenn, Kelsie Balehowsky, Sage Sidley, Connor Charlesworth and more, alongside more established artists like Briar Craig, Gary Pearson, Stephen Foster and Fern Helfand. Of particular note is the work by Mary Smith McCulloch, a prominent printmaker with an international following, who was also one of the Alternator’s founding members almost 30 years ago.

The gallery, an artist run centre operating since 1989, has a primary focus on showing experimental works by emerging artists. This often means exhibiting the work of recent graduates just starting off in their careers and giving them their first big break.

While you may not quite be able to secure works by past Venice Biennale exhibitors, who knows how far some of these artists may go in their careers. Bidding opens at 6 pm November 17, and all bids placed in the first week of the auction will be entered into a draw to win an original Patrick Lundeen artwork, so bid early!

The auction closes on Friday, December 1 at the Alternator Annual Holly Daze Party, an unconventional interpretation of a festive gathering hosted by local drag personality Sasha Claws. While the party itself will be a night to remember (thanks to the card and decoration making station, laser light show, door prizes, and kitschy holiday dance party) it will also be the last chance to submit bids to the silent auction that closes at 10pm.

You can view and bid on silent action items in person at the Alternator starting at 6 pm on Friday, November 17. Regular entrance to the gallery is free. Tickets for the Holly Daze Party are $15 and include one free drink from Kettle River Brewing Co and are available at the door or online through Eventbrite. Last years Holly Daze Party was a sell out event so get your tickets early by visiting the gallery or through alternatorcentre.com.



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