Art auction fundraiser for CCEF is planned

20_artauction_1059RETIRED COWBOY  — CCEF will be auctioning a piece of history on Oct 15 at Norley Hall when they host their first Art fundraiser. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler


By Melissa Barringer, I-O Intern

Since November 2007 the Conrad Community Education Foundation (CCEF) has been raising money for the Conrad School District to aid with various projects.

The foundation has had successful projects such as the free breakfast program in 2010, free swimming lesson passes last summer and providing information to the community on the new gym and auditorium for the high school.

The CCEF’s next fundraiser will be an art show where a variety of art will be auctioned off.

The event will be in Norley Hall at Blue Sky Villa on Oct. 15. You may start viewing the art at 6:30 p.m. with the auction starting at 7:30 p.m.

“There is going to be a little bit of everything,” says CCEF President Mark Gage.  A picture by Monte Dolack from Missoula, a bronze sculpture from Steve Lilleguard of Stanford and pieces by local artists will be contributed to the show.


Along with authentic art work, a cowboy from Conrad’s old high school gym floor will be a part of the show.


Another addition to the show will be art from Conrad and Valier students.  During the day of the show kids classes will be held for grades K-12.  Pieces will be judged and the winning art will be a part of the auctions later that evening.

Teaching the classes will be Lorie Wetendorf, Dan Brown, Kit Finlayson, Loni Judisch and Steve Lilliguard who will be instructing a sculpting class for high school students.

The money raised by the show has no definite direction yet but the foundation is thinking about starting an afterschool program similar to the Boys and Girls Club.

The CCEF decides what kind of fundraisers to do depending on the needs of the Conrad School District.

“Every year we meet with teachers and staffs to have them give us ideas on what kind of things need to be done,” says Gage.

The foundation supports the school by helping fund projects the school cannot fund alone.

When the new gym at the high school became a project there was a need for a new organization to aid with funds.  This is when the CCEF began with the idea in mind to “further the needs and goals of the district,” says Gage.

Auctioning art became an idea for a fundraiser because “we can tie in education with an art auction,” says CCEF Treasurer Vanessa Bucklin.

There are two ways to purchase art.  A live auction will be held along with a wall of art that can be purchased throughout the evening.  

Save the date on your calendar to attend this show where the wide array of art will catch your eye.

Tickets will be sold at the beginning of September. Single tickets will be $25 and $40 per couple while the fee for the student art classes will be $5 per two hour session.

The art viewing will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:30 p.m. at Norley Hall. Oct. 15. For more information, contact Gage at 278-7525.