Two art pieces donated to Saturday’s Challenge Fund auction |

Two art pieces donated to Saturday’s Challenge Fund auction

Teresa Ristow

— Two prominent local artists have donated pieces of their art for Saturday's School Auction Night, a benefit for the Challenge Fund.

Proceeds from these and other items sold at the auction will be added to a pool of ongoing donations from parents, community members and businesses to be allocated evenly to Steamboat's two elementary schools, Strawberry Park and Soda Creek.

The auction night takes place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Champagne Powder Room of Thunderhead Lodge at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Painter Gregory Block has donated an oil on block contemporary realist painting titled "Tiramisu" to the auction. Retail price for the painting, which "looks as real as a photograph," is $3,625, according to a release from the Challenge Fund.

The second item is from local bronze sculptor Sandy Graves, who donated an elegant sculpture of a child giving an apple to a horse. The piece is from Graves' Equine Collection.

"Emotion, movement and beautiful composition are the elements which I infuse into each of my sculptures," Graves said. "A sense of whimsy fun is the first impression, followed by the power that bronze evokes and the energy of negative spaces."

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Dozens of other items have also been donated for the auction, including gift certificates to several local restaurants and stores, $1,000 worth of iTunes gift cards, five pounds of Alaskan seafood and other products from local businesses.

Donated services up for auction include professional window cleaning, piano lessons, tutoring and car detailing.

Desserts will also be auctioned off at the beginning of the live auction portion of the event and will be available to eat during the event and immediately after purchase.

Tickets for the School Auction Night are available at for $65 per person.

Started in 2012, the Challenge Fund collects donations to support 21st century learning, including creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

Teachers and principals submit applications to use the money each year, and a Challenge Fund committee decides how to disperse the funds.

Last November, the Challenge Fund awarded $44,000 to the elementary schools.

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If you go:

What: School Auction Night to benefit the Challenge Fund

When: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 4

Where: Champagne Powder Room of Thunderhead Lodge at Steamboat Ski Area

Cost: $65, tickets available at