Fort St. John art aficionados raise at least $17,000 at annual auction

Fort St. John's annual art auction brought in at least $17,000 on Saturday night.

And that's just from the live auction part of the evening, hosted by the Peace Arts Gallery Society at the cultural centre. Totals from the silent auction, raffle and bucket draws, and other games are still being tallied.

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The live auction saw 38 original works from local artists put up for bid, and auctioneer Brian Baldry did the rest — bringing the price for one piece, Cindy Vincent's Evening Sonnet, to $2,750.

That capped off the evening, and went above and beyond other eye-catching prices fetched at the auction — $1,500 for Steve Milner's Black and White Winter, and $1,325 for Sandy Troudt's Canyon View.

Funds raised at the auction will go to support a wide range of initiatives at the gallery, including youth art programs and student bursaries.

Evening Sonnet by Cindy Vincent. This original painting will be featured in the live auction on Sept. 29, 2018.

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