This year’s 14th annual Environs Kimberley Art Auction was, once again, a great success. Over 70 artists contributed works and we displayed more than 100 pieces of art — 74 of which went under the hammer of the indefatigable auctioneer Chris Maher.
The live auction generated some fierce bidding, especially for a framed original linocut print by the late Jimmy Pike, the papercutting works of Jacky Cheng and a striking piece by Sonia Kurarra from Mangkaja Arts in Fitzroy Crossing.
There was also lively competition for the pieces offered in the silent auction, while the raffle for a stunning pair of paintings by Warmun artist Phyllis Thomas gave everyone an opportunity to get involved in the action.
This year’s event was attended by 500 people from across Australia, many of whom have now gone home with a little piece of the Kimberley to call their own.
Each year the EK Auction provides a great opportunity for artists from across the Kimberley to display their work and sell pieces to a crowd of enthusiastic art buyers, and the standard at this year’s event was exceptional.
The annual Art Auction is EK’s major fundraising event and preliminary estimates show that this year over $40,000 was raised for EK’s work. We really appreciate everyone who has supported this event over the years and we would like to send a huge thank you to all the artists, galleries, volunteers and local businesses who made this great occasion possible once more.
Artists Paul Boon and Lloyd Kwilla
Emily, Clementine, Herbert and Edmund Connor
Mick Connolly bids, artist Steve Cutts watches