Bids, Brews and a Barbecue

IMA fundraiser set for June 45 at CNC with lots of artwork and other items on the auction block

Paul Crawford

Island Mountain Arts Celebrates it 40th Anniversary with a Fundraising Auction Full of Art, Food, Music and Fun!

On Saturday, June 4 at the beautiful College of New Caledonia in Quesnel, B.C. Island Mountain Arts, the long running arts organization in Wells, B.C. that is known for its ArtsWells Festival and School of the Arts, presents Bids, Brews and A BBQ.

The night includes a live auction filled with amazing items such as artworks by Marie Nagel, Corey Hardeman, Robert Bateman, Sonia Cornwall  and Edward Epp to name just a few. In addition to the art there are unique items such as a house concert with Stephen Fearing, a plein air painting picnic in Wells/Barkerville/Bowron with Peter Corbett, a personalized poem by Patrick Kearns, tickets to the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, two nights at the luxurious Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos and a white water adventure down the Quesnel River with Big Canyon Rafting.

Our auctioneer, Paul Crawford, well known as the enigmatic host of the One Minute Play Festival, will be keeping the night lively with interesting anecdotes about the items and by giving out some special prizes!

Following the auction guests can enjoy a beautiful meal cooked by Quesnel’s own Savalas Steak House on the Integris Credit Union Community BBQ, while imbibing in some delicious beer from Barkerville Brewing and some wonderful wine from Bench 1775 in Naramata.

And speaking of imbibing, there will be an open bar and appetizers beginning when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. to make sure everyone is ready to throw that bid paddle in the air by 6 p.m.

Truly a celebration of All Things Art, the night will finish with live music by the band Old Cabin from the Yukon.

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind event are available at Barkerville Brewing and the Quesnel Visitor Centre, as well as online or by calling Island Mountain Arts (, 1-800-442-2787, locally at 250-994-3466.) Tickets are $35 for members of IMA and $50 for non-members (includes a membership for Island Mountain Arts.)

Can’t make it to the event or want to see the items up for bid? The bidding has already begun online for many of the auction items. Online bidding closes at midnight June 3, the night before the live auction. You can leave a proxy bid up to the highest amount you are willing to go on any item.

A huge thank you to all the donors. With all of your support we can ensure that Island Mountain Arts continues to deliver quality arts education and experiences in the Cariboo for at least another 40 years!

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