THUNDER BAY, ON - May 5, 2011 - The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will stage a first time fundraising event Friday, May 27 at the Gallery.
The Up The Creek Paddle Auction features up to 30 paddles decorated by local and regional artists and crafts people. Each one is original and unique. Some may be designated for actual use in the water. Others will be decorative.
Eliot Doxtater Wynn, Ira Johnson, Murray Hinter, Pam Cain,Rob Spade, Ruth Tye MacKenzie
Other artworks will also be displayed and will be up for bidding.
All of the proceeds will stay at the Gallery in support of all ongoing programs.
Outdoor Columnist Gord Ellis will host the evening.
For this year only, the Paddle Auction will replace the popular Bird House Auction that will return in 2012.
Local musicians Andy Ritchie, Bill Houston, Brian Campbell, and Jim Dacey will sing campfire songs starting at 6:30pm.
Those in attendance will also see the hand painted canoe done by artist Roy Morris of Muskrat Dam, and Sioux Lookout, that will be raffled over the following months.
The night kicks off at 6:30pm with a silent auction.
Then at 7:30 pm it’s the live auction.
Cash bar, appetizers and desserts start at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $45 per Art Gallery member, and $50 for non members.
Tickets are now on sale at the Gallery.
Paddles donated so far are mounted on the Gallery’s from lobby display wall, and can be viewed on the Gallery’s website at www.theag.ca