Thursday night the Rossland Museum held a gala to showcase the pieces in its art auction.
All of the art up for auction was on display at the Rossland Gallery, and some of the artists were even on hand to chat about their pieces.
Craig Broadhurst donated a sofa table that he designed and hand-crafted.
“It’s made with primarily fir on the top and the legs, and the wood arches are pine, and then the stainless steel brackets for a little extra support,” said Broadhurst.
He’s made furniture for ten years, mostly for himself, but also for some clients. Broadhurst donated the table to the museum so he could contribute something to Rossland.
“I’ve done that in the past (donated furniture)…. I made a set of … tables to support Habitat for Humanity in Thunder Bay, because I used to volunteer for them,” he said. “I do what I can in ways that I like to do it.”
Louise Drescher donated a painting to the auction.
“It’s a view looking west on Leroi Ave. In 1910 or 1911, and I found the photograph in the archives over at the museum, and I thought it would nice to structure a painting based on the photo,” she said.
Drescher tried to match the colours in the painting to what it might have looked like historically. She also included a train since there were several train tracks in the photo.
Drescher donated the painting because she wanted to support the museum.
“I was very happy to donate a painting to the museum fundraiser because I want to support the efforts
of all the volunteers in this town who make it possible for us to have a museum,” she said. “Our heritage is important to honour and our community is strong when we work together to create an identity.”
Lois Allen, flutist, provided the musical entertainment for the evening.
The money raised through the auction will go to the Museum Renewal Project, and the museum is only $10,000 short of its goal for Phase I.
Libby Martin, president of the museum association, thanked all the artists for donating their work to the auction.
The pieces will be on display and open for bidding at the Rossland Nelson & District Credit Union, and bidding will be open until 5 p.m. on Nov. 30.