In a spectacular display of generosity, descendants of the late Drs. Gerald and Virginia Sparling have agreed to donate the bulk of their family's art collection for the joint benefit of the Confluence Gallery and the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival.
"This is a wonderful collection gathered over a lifetime," said Confluence Gallery board member Mary Lou McCollum. "The Sparlings appreciated living with original art. Their art is now being shared with collectors both in our valley and beyond, keeping the memory of Jerry and Virginia alive for a long time to come."
Festival executive director Liz Johnson said, "I'm blown away by the size and quality of this gift. Construction is underway now on the Festival grounds to provide a suitable gallery to display this beautiful collection."
The sale of the Sparling Collection respects the family's wishes that the art itself remain connected to the local community and the proceeds be used for the benefit of local arts organizations.
Preview of Sparling Collection
The Collection comprises some 80 different pieces in an assortment of styles. All the art will be sold in silent-auction format during our upcoming summer Festival, July 28–August 6, 2016. That period coincides with the Confluence exhibit, "Music as Muse", which will explore how music works as creative inspiration for artists.
Prices shown on selected items below are "current value" prices. The collection will be open to the public for viewing and bidding each concert day during open rehearsals starting at 9 am (no tickets necessary), and again for ticket-holders at the evening concerts beginning at 6 pm. All prices subject to change. Directions