2024 Auction

At the 2024 Annual Community Celebration, the Swan Valley Foundation will hold a limited auction of five donated gifts to help raise funds to support the 2024 Foundation Projects How can you help.

These items are carefully curated and unique.

There moose be a baby.

Artist Statement:

I have been quilting for approximately 15 years off and on. While working as a judge first in the army and later for the State of Montana, I didn’t have much time for quilting. Since retiring in 2021, however; I’ve had the time and inspiration to quilt more often. I love making quilts for others, and especially love giving away quilts to good causes. For the past four years, Penny Johnson [Lindbergh Lake] and I have made a quilt for the annual Veterans Day celebration hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary. The quilt is given away to a very deserving veteran. While each quilt is made with love and hours of decision-making as to color, pattern, then sewing, quilting and binding. Once given away, I like to think of them being used and loved by the recipient. I hope the recipient of this quilt will be happy with a gift they can give to a new, little human being.

Handmade baby quilt made by Robin Hall at Cygnet Lake

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Gourmet meal for Eight! guten Appetit!

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Fantastic soak at the world famous Montana Historic Chico Hot Springs

One thousand dollar Gift Certificate for Chico Hot Springs in Pray, Montana. Enjoy spending time at this famous 124 year old hot spring resort. Your certificate will act like cash so you can use it to pay for lovely accommodations, meals in their five star dining room, casual food in their bar, horseback riding, massages etc.

Prices will vary by season. All reservation dates will be made by the guest. You are only a bid away from a dream vacation for friends, family and you. Be our guest.

Donated by John and Marsha Tapp.

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Travel to Glacier Lake right from your living room!

In this image, the light projects exceptional energy rich with vibrant colors, exquisite details and the sensation of three dimensions. Light creates emotions transcending physical limitations and connects the eye to this wild place, remembered or dreamed. The light in the image changes with the light in the room and transmits the living “feel” of grandeur and beauty of Swan Valley’s Mission Mountain Wilderness. This touches the viewer, creating a personal engagement in the image that is akin to experiencing it. You can see this 60 x 36 inch custom printed fine art giclée on canvas on display at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.

The image is captured with an unique process called giga-pixel photography taking multiple rows of photographs and combining them into a large digital image containing millions of pixels. This gigapixel image includes 84 overlapping photographs in multiple rows shot in sequence on sunny spring day from a very precisely calibrated tripod. Each carefully exposed image captures the full dynamic range of natural light, color and intricate details. The images are loaded into a special program that deconstructs the individual pixels into a pool and then merges the very best to make this large panorama.

Printing is the culmination of the process that begins with a vision. The camera, the computer screen, the printer, inks and print media are chosen and color calibrated to help ensure that the final print matches that vision. Each image is carefully on a large format Canon image PROGRAF Pro-4100 Printer using a LUCIA PRO 11-Color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system on Fredrix archival canvas and treated with Sunset Gloss Coating for protection against UV. Lab tests indicate that images made with these materials and processes are colorfast for 100 years and with care up to 200. The image is gallery wrapped around wooden stretcher bars and attached with stainless steel staples for durability. This is true heirloom art of the Swan Valley that can be passed from generation to generation. The finished image is signed and ready to hang.

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Three hour flight seeing tour of the Swan Valley and Bob Marshall Wilderness

Come join Swan Valley resident Fred Fanizzi as he takes you and a guest up in his Cessna 180 for a memorable back country flight seeing tour. 

Coffee and light brunch will be provided during the trip.

You will be treated to spectacular aerial views of the Swan and Mission Mountains including the rugged peaks of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Chinese Wall.

Date and time will be by mutual agreement between the auction winner and Fred.

This donation is being made available by Fred solely to supporters of the Swan Valley Community Foundation.

Expires December of 2024