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Rosebud Theatre hosts silent auction

Rosebud Theatre hosts silent auction

by Laureen F. Guenther


Rosebud Theatre is hosting a silent auction of five paintings, open for bidding until April 27. Well-known Calgary artists Audrey Mabee, William Duma, Joan Sveen, Mychael Maier, and Ernie Klassen created the works.

Audrey Mabee’s painting A Good Place for a Cowboy is one of the paintings available for auction. “Audrey (Mabee)’s works, usually figurative, are oil on canvas,” says a prepared statement from Rosebud Theatre. Mabee has exhibited her work in galleries since the 1980s.

William Duma’s work Fall Colour with Clouds will also be auctioned. A multi-award-winning artist, William Duma was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He’s primarily a landscape painter, “noted for the quality of light, color and strength of design in his works,” says the statement.

Hay Meadows, by Joan Sveen, is also up for auction. “Joan paints what she loves – the fauna and flora of Canada,” says the statement. Sveen begins much of her work outdoors, which allows her to “incorporate the rich and vibrant colours of the foothills and mountains into her paintings.”

Mychael Maier’s work Flesh Tone Iris is available for bidding. Maier is a native Calgarian who received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and he’s been an active member in the local art community for 25 years.

Ernie Klassen’s painting The Long Road Home will also be auctioned. Klassen studied under Illingworth (Buck) Kerr, Stanford Perrott, Ken Sturdy, Ron Spickett, and Frank Palmer, and he taught Art History at the American College of Switzerland. Klassen also worked as a commercial artist in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary. The statement says, “In his retirement, Ernie has enjoyed once again picking up the paintbrush to capture the landscapes that inspire this artist’s eye.”

Rosebud Theatre hopes to raise $10,000 from the auction, which proceeds will be used to repair and maintain Rosebud Centre of the Arts’ historic buildings. Some of those buildings are over 100 years old, but still in daily use. The Rosebud Hotel, built in 1913, now houses the administrative offices for Rosebud Theatre, Rosebud School of the Arts and Rosebud Centre of the Arts. The Rosebud Mercantile and Meat Market, originally built in 1911, welcomes the theatre’s guests to the Box Office and pre-theatre dining rooms. The former United Church, now the Akokiniskway Gallery, serves as an art gallery, rehearsal and performance space, and recording studio.

To view the paintings, see the auction page at You may bid online through the auction site, by phoning 1-800-267-7553 or in person at the Rosebud Mercantile.