It was a packed house at Cannery Brewing’s Ale-Catraz, which hosted the Square Mini-Mural live auction that brought in more than $9,000 on Wednesday night.
The lively event auctioned off the 10 4ft by 4ft murals that have been on display inside the Dining Hall and outside in Cannery’s Backyard areas since March.
The $25 ticket for people included a free beer, live music from Dorian Goodwin, oysters from Buy The Sea, and an eager crowd willing to spend $$$ to get their favorite tune.
Some pieces have fetched over $1,000, with proceeds shared between the artists and the Penticton Art Gallery to support next year’s mural auction.
This year’s auction features 10 paintings created by some of the Okanagan’s most colorful artists: Amy Schroeter, Angela Hansen, Ariane` Kamps, Elizabeth Houghton, Greta Kamp, Jessie Dunlop, Johann Wessels, Kristine Lee, Leta Heiberg and Moozhan Ahmadzadegan.
For Cannery Brewing owner Patt Dyck, the auction is always bittersweet.
“I am so attached to seeing these beautiful paintings in the dining room. It’s hard to see them go,” Dyck said recently.
Penticton Art Gallery curator Paul Crawford acted as auctioneer for the evening. He commented on how fun the night was.
“We really can’t thank everyone enough for joining us, and we’re looking forward to year three,” Crawford said.
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