The North Dakota Museum of Art is sponsoring a live Art Auction in Bismarck on Thursday, April 28 at Sixteen03 Main Events. The public is invited to bid on forty-five works of contemporary art by artists from across North Dakota and neighboring borders. Selected by Museum staff, the range will include paintings, prints, sculpture, works on paper, and high-end crafts. Tickets are $25 on-line at NDMOA.COM, by phone at 701-777-4195, or $30 at the door. Entrance includes hors d’oeuvres and first glass of champagne.
Bismarck has its own history of selling art through the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, fairs and events including the Annual Capital A’Fair, the Art and Wine Walk, and private galleries and cooperatives such as Mandan’s Five Nations Arts and the Bismarck Downtown Artist cooperative. June 9, 2015, the North Dakota Museum of Art mounted the first live art auction in Bismarck. It was hosted by Mayor Mike Seminary and Deb Seminary, and Evan and Ganya Anderson, founders of Gizmonics, LLC located in Bismarck.
The Museum held its first silent auction in Grand Forks in 1990 and the first live art auction in North Dakota in 1999. The Museum’s goal was to build a buying audience for artists from the region at respectable rather than bargain basement prices. Wildly successful in its goal, the Museum sees dozens of art sales unfold in northeast North Dakota. The goal of the Bismarck Auction remains the same: to build a supporting audience for artists from the southwest region of the state.
Over the years, auction attendees have come from all corners of the region. In 2014, a group of individuals from Bismarck and other western North Dakota towns invited the Museum to expand the auctions to Bismarck and, in 2015, the Museum held its first live art auction outside of Grand Forks.
Artists in this year’s auction include Walter Piehl, North Dakota’s “living legend” with his horse and cowboy abstractions. Others include Tim Schouten of Winnipeg who over the course of the last five years has been painting the landscape of Spirit Lake Reservation. British artist Vivienne Morgan, an immigrant to Bemidji who photographs Minnesota lake country contrasted with England’s Lake District. Alexander Hettich, also an immigrant to North Dakota who learned to paint from a friend in a refugee camp in Belarus. Born in Tajikistan, a Republic of the former Soviet Union, he was forced to flee to Belarus when civil war erupted in 1993. Other North Dakota artists include Gretchen Kottke (Cooperstown), Kelly Thompson (Grand Forks), Armando Ramos (Valley City), Memo Guardia (Grand Forks and Lima, Peru), Jon Offutt (Fargo), Jessica Watcher (Bismarck), Bill Harbort (Minot), and Gretchen Bederman of Mandan.
Proceeds from the Auction will be split 50/50 between the artists and the Museum. The Museum money will go toward the Rural Arts Program which tours exhibitions throughout North Dakota. Most recently in March 2015, the North Dakota Museum of Art brought the exhibition “A Walk in the Woods” to the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association at no cost to BAGA.
Kelly Armstrong of Dickinson will be the auctioneer. He recruited friends to do the heavy lifting as the organizing committee. It includes Nicole Poolman, Jessica Knutson, Marnie Piehl, and Jessica Wachter, all of Bismarck.
The Auction kicks off on Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 pm with Preview & Hors d'oeuvres followed by the live auction at 8 pm. Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance at NDMOA.COM or by calling 701-777- 4195. Sixteen 03 Main Events is located at 1603 East Main Avenue, Bismarck, ND.
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