GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – From June 18-25, more than 350 works of art will be on sale at the Art Center of Western Colorado.
The collection was donated to the Art Center following the death of former Senator Tillie Bishop and his wife Pat. “We’ve accepted about 50 of these pieces into our permanent collection,” executive director Lee Bordan said, “and then at the opening tomorrow, Saturday the 18th, we’re selling the rest of the art to benefit the Art Center.”
Proceeds from sales will pay for:
- the archives of the permanent collection
- general operating costs
- community art class
- ceramic workshops
The entire collection for sale has more than 350 pieces of art. Items range from rugs to paintings to statues. Some works of art in the collection come from well-known artists such as John Fielder, Jac Kephart, Frank Mechu, Frederic Remington and Mark Rohrig. Another eye-catching small collection is a group of elephant statues. The bishops have the statues because Tillie Bishop was a Republican. Each elephant is sold separately.
“Really everything you could think of Bishop collected it, and we have literally five to five thousand dollar artwork,” Borden said.
The Western Colorado Art Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.