Gilpin Dems raise fun and funds at the Gallery

Lynn Hirshman
Gilpin County

Sunday, June 23, saw the latest in a series of successful “FUNdraisers” for the Gilpin Country Democrats, held in the Historic Gilpin County Art Gallery in Central City.
Already displaying the latest juried show, on Sunday the Gallery presented a number of works of art for a silent auction. The featured item was “Rocky Mountain Autumn,” a stunning quilt pieced by Dana Jones and quilted by Rebecca Joyce, both of Gilpin County.
53 people enjoyed the buffet table, which was stocked with homemade goodies from members of the group. Local brewmaster Buddy Schmalz presented a range of beers and ales, while Gilpin-based Gussie Walter of Augustina’s Winery brought along a selection of her reds and whites.
Background recorded music was provided by John Clower. Les Barstow, Donna Miller, and Richard Gee performed Celtic music, and Jimmy Stewart treated the crowd to melodies on his accordion.
The first highlight of the afternoon was when Central City Mayor Ron Engels presented an award — a magnificent crystal vase designed and etched by local glass artist Lori Doyle — to State District 13 Representative Claire Levy for her years of service to the area and the community. Levy, who is term-limited, has been responsive to the needs and desires of Gilpin County for her four terms in office.
Auctioneer Joe Agne encouraged the group to bid up from the final amounts on the silent auction sheets, resulting in “Rocky Mountain Autumn” going to Ron Engels and Zane Laubhan for over $500. Perhaps the most distinctive item auctioned was the “Bicycle Wheel Deck Chair,” created by Dave Walker, “constructed of nothing except bicycle rims and inner tubes… the rims form the frame of the chair and the inner tubes make for a comfortable cushion and back rest.”
As a fundraiser, the event was a total success, according to Gilpin Democrats Chair Julie Shaw. As a “FUNdraiser” — well, the photos show how much fun everyone was having!