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Art up on the block

The Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre will transform into a Parisian landscape for the South Peace Art Society and the Dawson Creek Art Gallery's 30th annual Art Auction on Friday, May 13 that features original works by Robert Bateman and former gallery

The Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre will transform into a Parisian landscape for the South Peace Art Society and the Dawson Creek Art Gallery's 30th annual Art Auction on Friday, May 13 that features original works by Robert Bateman and former gallery curator Ellen Corea.

Doors for An Evening in Paris open at 7 p.m., where guests can stroll through the many silent auction items before moving onto the live auction beginning at 8 p.m. with a professional auctioneer taking the bids.

Sixty original works of art will be on the block, said co-curator Melissa Holoboff.

"We have a huge array this year. All local and area artists have donated works of art. They're all nicely framed and ready for hanging," she said.

Bateman's original hand-pulled lithography print, Otter Pair, is one of 25, and is currently on display at Picture It.

Guests are encouraged to dress up to the theme of the evening with a Parisian flair.

"Some people dress up and some people don't, but we do have a prize for best costume of the evening," said Holoboff.

Although fundraising amounts have declined over the last few years, the art gallery aims to raise $24,000 that will help sustain the gallery and support its art education program for children.

"This is pretty much our major fundraiser," said Holoboff, adding the gallery is a registered charity.

"We've had lots of amazing donations of door prizes this year, and support," she said, noting donations for the grand prize of airfare for two to Vancouver as well as an overnight stay at Rising Moon B and B.

Holoboff also noted that the gallery saved some money on the costs incurred to host the event with a $1,000 donation by the local credit union.

All items up for bid can be viewed ahead of time on the art gallery's website, www.dcartgallery.ca.

The art gallery will also be announcing the winner of the Laine Dahlen painting raffle during the auction.