On July 28, Creighton Block Gallery had the pleasure of hosting the first annual Big Sky Art Auction, which saw a number of notable consignments and robust total sales.

Nearly 50 outstanding artworks headlined the first annual Big Sky Art Auction at Creighton Block Gallery in Big Sky, Montana, this past weekend. Although final sales for individual artworks were not made available, organizers report that over 75 percent of the available lots sold. 

Particularly noteworthy is the auction’s overwhelming support of the local community. A percentage of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation, the Moonlight Community Foundation, and the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. 

Among the notable consignments was R. Tom Gilleon’s “Poia” — a beautiful and powerful portrait of a Native American. Set against a royal blue background, the use of fiery red and orange hues in the subject’s visage enliven the work with a compelling spirit and individuality. 

To learn more, visit the Big Sky Art Auction.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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