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Banff Centre fundraising online auction now live

Be in it to win it.

Banff Centre’s 38th Midsummer Ball silent auction is now live with incredible experiences and art pieces. Silent auction proceeds go directly to the Midsummer Ball Artists’ Fund. The contributions provide artists who come to Banff Centre with the support, mentorship, time, and space they need to unleash their creative potential.

The auction closes at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

My favourite picks are below. The online auction is accessible to the public and bids are welcome from anywhere in the world.

7-Day food, wine, and cycling tour in Southern France

Explore medieval villages, country markets, world-famous vineyards and olive groves in the historic region of Languedoc in southern France. You and a guest will join The Cookbook Co. Cooks Gail Norton and Executive Chef Judy Wood for seven days of cycling at your own pace, cooking classes, and visits to local food and wine highlights. A sensory adventure for two people including accommodation in a charming bed and breakfast, most meals, bike rentals, cooking classes, and all excursions. (Next winning bid $4,420)

Week stay in the Mayan Riviera

Escape to Puerto Aventuras, a charming town on the Mayan Riviera near Playa del Carmen. Fill your days with snorkeling, golf, deep sea fishing, and exploring local villages and historic sites, or simply relaxing on the white sand beaches that stretch to the horizon. End your day watching the sun set over the ocean from the large terrace of your spacious, three-bedroom, oceanfront condo. Includes seven nights of accommodation and a gift certificate for dinner at local hot spot, Café Ole. (Next winning bid $2,210)

A luxury getaway package for two in Palm Springs

Mountains in sunny Southern California. Enjoy a two-night stay in the beautiful JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and all the extras: two rounds of golf for two at the Indian Ridge Country Club (with cart, caddy and lunch), a $1,000 gift certificate with El Paseo Jewelers, a $100 gift certificate with Desert Adventures Red Jeep for their San Andreas Fault tour, a cut/style and facial with Alan Kara Salon and a $200 gift certificate with La Spiga Restaurant. (Next winning bid $1,975)

11-Night cycling vacation in Mallorca, Spain

Stunning scenery, pristine roads and rich cultural history – the Mediterranean island of Mallorca is a cyclist’s paradise. Let the experts at Magic Places Cycling Adventures lead you and a guest through centuries-old almond and orange groves, past limestone peaks, and into ancient mountainside villages. Enjoy fully-guided group rides for any level, shuttle services, four-star resort accommodation one block from famous beaches, and sumptuous breakfast and dinner buffets. (Next winning bid $3,250)

Post Hotel & Spa getaway in Lake Louise

Plan a delightful getaway in one of the world’s most beautiful spots! You and a guest will enjoy two nights of accommodation in a luxury suite at the Post Hotel & Spa in Lake Louise, a Relais & Châteaux member hotel that was named the #1 hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine. Includes a $500 hotel credit that can be used towards the Post’s legendary dining or spa experiences. (Next winning bid $1,530)

A day of adventure for 6 in the Rockies

Give the gift of one of three outdoor adventures for six to your friends or family. Your group can spend a full day learning to rock climb or ice climb with an experienced outdoor adventure guide from Yamnuska Mountain Adventures, or team up with a Yamnuska hiking guide to get off the beaten track on a day hike for six at any level. (Next winning bid $700)

Two Nights at Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn

Set among rainforest giants and the wild blue waters of the Pacific, this Relais & Châteaux member hotel resides near Tofino’s Chesterman Beach and has been recognized as one of the Top Resorts in Canada for over 10 years (Travel + Leisure magazine). Enjoy two nights of accommodation for two in the casual luxury of the Wickaninnish On the Beach building. (Next winning bid $620 for value of $950)

R.M.B. by Ron Moppett (acrylic and oil on canvas)

Ron Moppett is one of Canada’s leading contemporary artists who offers a diverse view of pop culture and the “dailiness” of life. A brilliant colourist, Moppett creates complex “picture puzzles” with multiple layers of meaning. His career includes a significant number of honours, exhibitions and awards, including the prestigious Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 1997. (Next winning bid $4,225 for $6,500 value)

Loophole Seduction by Ryan Sluggett (Gouache on polymesh)

Ryan Sluggett burst onto the Canadian art scene in 2004 with his first solo show in Calgary. Since then, the Calgary-born and Los Angeles-based painter and filmmaker has been exhibited throughout Canada, the US and Europe. His work is housed in numerous public collections, including the Hammer Museum in L.A. and the Vancouver Art Gallery. (Next winning bid $3,900 for $6,000 value)

Commissioned Tondo of your choosing by Chris Cran

Widely exhibited across Canada and internationally recognized, Chris Cran is renowned for his humorous and inventive takes on traditional genres. His work appears in, among others, collections at the National Gallery of Canada and the Glenbow Museum. Cran will create a 16” Tondo portrait. An extension of his celebrated Chorus Series, the Tondo can be placed next to other works of art and thereby comment on what it gazes upon. An intriguing piece that will fascinate your guests. (Next winning bid $5,200 value)

How to use the System

  1. Use the menu on the left to easily navigate this website. You can view the Silent Auction Items and access your My Bids area to view items you have successfully bid on or been outbid on.

  2. To make a bid, tap on an item to find out more information, enter your bid amount and press ‘Place Bid’.

  3. The first time you bid, you will need to register your details. You will then be logged into the system and will only need to enter a password for all further bids.

You will receive outbid notifications by text. This allows you to easily make a higher bid right up until the close of the Silent Auction on Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 p.m. At this point, text notifications cease and you will only be contacted if you are the successful bidder.

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