On The Scene: Art And Other Treasures Live Auction

Becky Brown and Linda Gann

Jacquie Chappelle-Reid, Maggie Cook and David Cook

Carl and Michelle Feghali with their children Sophia and Mark

Carol and Peter Forte

Mary Hertert and Beverly Windscheffel

Mike and Kathy Hurshman

Dennis and Lin Morris

Brady Kammers

What a great idea it was for KAFM to have a free and open to the public Thursday preview for its annual Art & Other Treasures fundraising event.

It gave would-be buyers the opportunity to look at the items up for bid ahead of time, and if you weren’t able to attend the live auction the next night, Friday night, you could make an absentee bid.

I attended the Thursday night preview and beat the crowds, but I also missed the hors d’oeurves, entertainment and wine. I invited my sister, Becky Brown, a collector of art and other treasures, to go with me. She made several absentee bids and won pieces by John Lintott and David Cook.

Upon arrival, I was thrilled to see Linda Gann, who works for Connect to Health, lives in Montrose and was in town for a meeting. She was prompted by KAFM board member Barry Barak of Rocky Mountain HMO to check out the preview. I’m so happy she did. Linda and I have been friends since we were Barbie doll-playing age. Our mothers were best friends.

Artists Maggie Cook and her husband, David Cook, were admiring the offerings with Jacquie Chappelle-Reid who was happy to finally have met Maggie after having known her work for some time. Maggie had two pieces in the auction. Jacquie and her husband, Erle Reid, have quite an extensive art and rug collection.

Mike Hurshman was on hand to answer all manner of artsy questions. This event was his “baby.” He was the curator of the sale and exhibit and also had several pieces there including an antique Nigerian warrior’s tunic with a gallery value of $2,500. The auction consisted of items on consignment, much as a gallery would do, and many donated items.

A tight groups of friends came to the preview, Paul Zurek, Bradney Higginbotham, Joannie and Harry Griff, Bill Wagner, Jacque Pipe and Jim Wagner. I took a fantastic photo of five of them but my camera battery was low so it turned out too blurry to print. Lesson learned.

Paul was excited about his new business offices at 804 Grand Ave., Cherry Creek Properties. Brad works for Remax 4000’s Commercial Real Estate Division. The lovely Jacque has been with Hilltop’s Foster Grandparents program for several years.

Dennis and Lin Morris were interested in the original Mark Rohrig gouache that would be on the auction block. Dennis is a retired CPA, member of KAFM Radio and former board member of The Art Center. Pretty Lin is retired from the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, having worked as an echocardiographer.

An extraordinarily handsome family came to view, Carl and Michelle Feghali with children Sophia and Mark. Mark blurted out, “I love art!” but Sophia was the real connoisseur. She and her father were discussing a painting when I addressed them. Sophia regularly checks out art books from her school, Holy Family Catholic School, and Mesa County Libraries. She had an exhibit of her oils during the school’s Piano Festival. Michelle and Carl wouldn’t be attending the actual auction, Hurshman was to bid for them.

Beverly Windscheffel and Mary Hertert were chatting it up by one of Mary’s creations, a turquoise box kimono. Mary promised she’d be back the next night “all dressed up” with Doug VanEtten. Mary said she is married to her dog but owns Doug. Funny stuff.

Beverly is a huge supporter of the arts and you can find her at just about any event. She planned to bid on the Gerald Fritzler painting and the Terry Sheherd Raku pot.

Carol and Peter Forte, longtime Palisade fruit growers, read about the event in The Daily Sentinel’s Out & About. We spent most of our conversation discussing the movie “Nebraska.” Peter is the uncle of Will Forte, the movie’s co-star! Peter planned see Will in a few weeks and said he would tell Will how much I enjoyed “Nebraska.” It’s an excellent movie for our times. Be sure and see it.

KAFM staff, members, artists and supporters helped our local community radio station raise over $22,000. Now that’s a pretty picture.

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■ “Legally Blonde the Musical” opens at 7:30 p.m. today in Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University. Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 5–8 with 2 p.m. performances on Sunday and March 8. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $6 for students. Info: 248-1604.

■ Classics: Viva Italia! is the name of the next Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concert set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St. Tickets cost from $17.50 to $30 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the symphony’s office, 414 Main St., by phone at 243-6787 and at gjsymphony.org.


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