Arts & Entertainment

Annual art auction opens Dec. 4

 | November 16, 2020

Walk through gallery to accompany online auction

A piece donated to the auction in 2018 by local painter Liz Derksen.

This year’s annual Sotheby’s International Realty Benefit Art Auction has changed due to the pandemic, but will still take place with a modified event. 

The annual event raises money for the Sun Peaks Education Society (SPES), which operates the Sun Peaks Secondary Academy. 

Rather than an evening of food and drink, ArtZone Sun Peaks and Sotheby’s have planned an online auction paired with a walk through gallery in the newly constructed Sun Peaks Centre. 

“That will be 35 pieces of art that (local artists) donate,” said ArtZone president Marj Knive. “People will walk in one door and walk around the art pieces and walk back out the other door in single file and socially distanced.” 

The auction portion of the event will take place virtually from Dec. 4 to 10 with the walk through gallery on Dec. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m.

To include local students, for whom the money raised will support, select students have been asked to create videos to accompany the auction. 

The videos will show why the students like attending school on the mountain as well as provide information about the artists and their creations. 

“It’s just vital to keep the school going so we really hope that people far and wide, you don’t even need a ticket this year, you can be anywhere and still support the auction and the school,” said Knive. 

Sotheby’s managing broker Gianpiero Furfaro said he felt good about the changes the groups made to keep the event alive during the pandemic. 

The realty company has stepped up to cover costs associated with moving the event online to ensure donations go straight to the school.

He said SPES is especially important to support as it’s a way to help shape young minds. 

“As a kid, this is a dream for me, I would’ve loved to have gone to Sun Peaks’ schools.

“The main goal has always been and always will be to continue to support the school and ensure the kids receive the kind of education we would like them to have.”

Knive encouraged attendees of the walk through gallery to support other local businesses that night by making a night of it with those inside their bubbles and making reservations at a local restaurant. 

“That night in one of the local restaurants have a glass of wine and support them and do your bidding. We want to support the school and we want to support the local businesses.”

To register for the auction visit this page.