About Our Auction
Join us for our first ever half auction!
You may be asking yourself what in the world a half auction is, and that’s a great question- one which we have an answer to:
We had originally planned to host our 46th annual Art Auction on September 16th, however the staff and board at the Gallery made the difficult decision to cancel the auction in light of the wildfires sweeping across BC, leaving devastation in their wake. We couldn’t, in good conscience, ask residents of the Okanagan to donate prizes to our auction, or spend their money at our auction, when people were losing everything and already stretched incredibly thin. We especially didn’t want to take away from all the wonderful organizations that were fundraising to support firefighters and evacuees affected by the fires.
However, we didn’t want to completely do away with the auction as it is such an anticipated and enjoyed event. So the staff and board put their heads together and decided that we would have "a half auction!" Which is like a regular auction except it’s a little smaller, a little more low-key, and a little later in the year.
Our 45 1/2th “annual” auction will be taking place on November 26th from 1-4pm at the Gallery. It is a free event and there will be snacks and drinks and good company. Also if you’re not able to make the live auction- no worries, all of the auction items are up online now here and are open to be bid on!
Online bids will end at midnight on the 25th of November - if you can’t make the auction in person, please take advantage of the absentee bid feature and leave your maximum bid. A member of the Gallery will bid on your behalf at the live event. If there are no additional bids at the live event, the highest current active bid will win.
We hope to see you at our 45 1/2th “Annual” Auction. It may not be as big as our usual auctions, but it will be just as fun! And if you’re really down in the dumps about the 46th Annual Art Auction being cancelled, don’t be! As it is not technically cancelled, but merely postponed until next year. The 46th annual art auction will be taking place June 22nd, 2024. So keep your eyes peeled for more information about that as we get closer.
Good Luck and Happy Bidding!
About Penticton Art Gallery
The Penticton Art Gallery’s mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary and historic art practices, while providing opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process.
We envision a gallery accessible to everyone as a vibrant public space in service of our community, to foster greater social engagement, critical thinking, and creativity.
The Penticton Art Gallery exists to exhibit, interpret, preserve, and promote our collective artistic and cultural heritage as expressed through the visual arts. This is supported by the creation of education and outreach programs to engage our community in local, regional, and global issues while also being attentive to cultural and gender diversity and the work of Indigenous artists.
The Penticton Art Gallery acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the unceded, traditional territory of the syilx (Okanagan) Peoples.