Museum of the Mountain Man

Art and wine lovers look through the live and silent auction items at the Museum of the Mountain pavilion. Dozens line up to get glasses of wine and buyers’ numbers at the annual Western Art & Wine Auction on July 7. A couple of mountain men visit from their rendezvous camp outside the museum. Auctioneer Dave Stephens conducts a bidding war for Ruth Rawhouser’s oil painting ‘Catching the Sun,’ purchased by Albert and Sue Sommers. He’s flanked by helpers Jim Gehlhausen with the painting, Ken Marincic and Jerry Boyer. Dave Gilpin created the sterling silver and jade ‘Buffalo’ hand-cast pendant, earrings and bracelet. Handmade turquoise jewelry, a Thomas Moran print and other fun items are part of the silent auction, conducted by phone. Photos by Joy Ufford

Best Western Art & Wine Auction ever!

PINEDALE – Not only was July 7 a lovely evening at the Museum of the Mountain Man, people enjoyed each other’s company as well as their surroundings of fine art, jewelry and baskets of wine. This year’s Western Art & Wine Auction, always held during the Green River Rendezvous, was the best one yet, said museum executive director Clint Gilchrist. Although he didn’t get exact numbers, about 200 supporters attended the dinner auction and helped raise more than $33,000 before expenses. “It was a very good year,” Gilchrist said later.

Art and wine lovers look through the live and silent auction items at the Museum of the Mountain pavilion. Dozens line up to get glasses of wine and buyers’ numbers at the annual Western Art & Wine Auction on July 7. A couple of mountain men visit from their rendezvous camp outside the museum. Auctioneer Dave Stephens conducts a bidding war for Ruth Rawhouser’s oil painting ‘Catching the Sun,’ purchased by Albert and Sue Sommers. He’s flanked by helpers Jim Gehlhausen with the painting, Ken Marincic and Jerry Boyer. Dave Gilpin created the sterling silver and jade ‘Buffalo’ hand-cast pendant, earrings and bracelet. Handmade turquoise jewelry, a Thomas Moran print and other fun items are part of the silent auction, conducted by phone. Photos by Joy Ufford

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