Shadows of the Past Art Auction: Sept. 23 in Choteau

Annual gala and art auction raises money for Benefis Teton Medical Center

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Shadows of the Past Art Auction: Greg Yeager, Apache PlatePhoto © Greg Yeager

Shadows of the Past, the 28th annual benefit for Benefis Teton Medical Center Foundation, is Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Choteau Pavilion.

Forty-seven regionally renowned artists will be represented at this juried art event and evening gala, which raises money to renovate the nursing home residents’ dining room at Benefis Teton Medical Center (BTMC), Choteau’s local hospital.

Art events begin a 4 p.m. with classic country and folk by members of the Ear Mountain Band, featuring Rich Clough and friends. A Quick Finish event and a Plein Air art auction are also on tap.

Thirty-five pieces will sell at 6:30 p.m. via a live auction and another 35 juried pieces will sell throughout the evening via a silent auction. Hors d’oeuvres and an open beer and wine bar will be available throughout the evening.

This year’s array of unique art pieces ranges from a diminutive life-sized wood carving of a mountain bluebird mounted on drift wood and stone (“Mountain Blue Bird” by Connie Tveten of Fort Peck) to a hefty bugling bull elk carved into a moose antler (“Bugling Bull Elk” by Scott Hayes of Augusta) and an expansive three foot-wide oil painting (“Golden” by Shirley Sand of Sun River).

Represented in Shadows of the Past are creations of bronze, ceramics, wood, oil, water color, silk dye, acrylic, and photography by a host of regionally known artists, including Thomas English, Frank Hagel, Richard Lauritzen, Jeff Walker, Linda Tippetts, Steven Oiestad, Steve Lillegard, and Shirle Wempner. Works by Choteau High School students and BTMC nursing home residents will also be on display.

Benefis Teton Medical Center Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance healthcare in Benefis Teton Medical Center’s service area.

Tickets to Shadows of the Past are $40 per person and are available at the door or by calling Genny at Benefis Teton Medical Center Foundation, 406-466-6039. View the juried art, purchase a ticket, or donate at