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Online Auction

In partnership with Levis Fine Art Auctions

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Get Ready to Bid on Rocky Mountain Culture!

Over 150 wonderful and intriguing works of paintings, photographs, sculptures, folk art, ceramics, and memorable mountain experiences from generous donors will be open for bidding in the first-ever online auction hosted by the Whyte Museum in early June.

An immediate and generous donation came from Doug Levis who is contributing the services of his well- known auction house, Levis Fine Art Auctions. “We will do anything we can for the Whyte. It’s a very special place," says Levis. “We are delighted to be working with Levis on this special event which will help celebrate the 115th anniversary or our remarkable founder Catharine Robb Whyte,” says Whyte CEO Donna Livingstone. “We are especially pleased to announce that there will not be a buyer’s premium on any lot. It’s touching to see how quickly and generously people responded with donations. It speaks to the role that the Whyte has played in mountain culture for more than 50 years.”

The proceeds from the sale will go towards supporting digital access to the collections and exhibitions, as well as Indigenous programming. The theme of the auction is Rocky Mountain Legends, with items and experiences that will connect buyers with mountain culture.  Works of art that span the history of the Bow Valley, from F.M. Bell-Smith to the present, include paintings by W.J. Phillips, Michael Cameron, David Thauberger, H.G. Glyde, and vintage mountain photographs. Quirky folk art sculptures and a signed first-edition book by Emily Carr will attract a wide range of interests.


Experiences range from luxury accommodation packages, helicopter rides, ski packages, personal events with mountain legends such as Sharon Wood and Chic Scott, and a visit to the intriguing and private Canadian Museum of Making. Fran Drummond from the legendary Twin Falls Chalet, is donating some heritage pieces. Local art galleries have reached out to their clients and artists and more donations are arriving every day.
The auction has been organized by a team of volunteer Board members including Hope Smith, Rod Green, Allison Edwards, Alexandra Montgomery, and Joan Booth, who have assembled the impressive range of donations in record time.

If you have something to donate, please contact Hope Smith at fortitudine@shaw.ca  or Rod Green rburngreen@gmail.com.

Watch here and the Levis website for further details. 


A Mountain of Thanks to:

Whyte Museum Auction Committee:

Board Members:
Hope Smith
Rod Green
Allison Edwards
Joan Booth
Alexandra Montgomery

Staff Members:
Donna Livingstone
Courtney Maxwell-Alves
Anne Ewen
D.L. Cameron

Thank you to the following artists, galleries, and individuals who have donated so generously:


Astrid Bell
Lisa Christensen –

Jan Crosby
Fran Drummond
David Duffin
Kathy and Dave Foxcroft
Ethelene Gareau

Rod Green
Glenda Hess
Rob and Elizabeth Jennings
Douglas Maclean
Grit and Scott McCreath
Jim McLeod
Stella and Tim Nokes
Bill and Sydney Pieschel

Sonja Purcell
Chic Scott – website
Carol Shaw

Hope Smith
Jim Smith
Sheldon Smithens
Nancy Townshend

Jim Townshend
Aquila Books, Cameron Treleaven
Wesley Twiss
Cliff White
Brad White
Sharon Wood –

Alpine Club of Canada – website   
Alpine Helicopters – website 

Aquila Books  website

Banff Park Lodge – website
Brewster Mountain Lodge – website
Carter-Ryan Gallery – website 

Christine Klassen Gallery – website
Chuck’s Steakhouse – website
Collectors Gallery – website  
Dirty Laundry Vineyard – website
Edge Gallery, Canmore – website  

Elevation Gallery – website 
Fairmont Banff Springs – website

Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows – website 
Masters Gallery – website 
Mt. Engadine Lodge – website 
Museum of Making – website 

Norberg Hall – website
Paintbox Lodge  – website
Pursuit  – website
Ranchmen’s Club – website 
Skoki Lodge  – website
Sunshine Village – website 
Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies – website
Banff Trail Riders – website
White Pine Pictures 

Artists (D = Donor):
Roy Andersen (D) website
Michelle Austen (D) 
Linda Aytcock (D)
Barbara Ballachey (D)
Ed Bamiling (D)

Elliot Barnes
F.M. Bell-Smith (D)
Derek Besant (D)
Wendy Bradley (D)
Winona Branton (D)
Deborah Cameron (D)
Michael Cameron (D)
Colleen Campbell (D)
Jason Carter (D)
Horace Champagne (D)

N. Cleveland

Diane Colwell (D) website
Michael Corner (D)
Duncan Crockford 
Robert Dmytruk (D)
Amy Dryer (D)
Bill Duma (D)
Joan Dunkley (D)

Susan Elkins (D) website
Maureen Enns (D) 

David Foxcroft (D) website
Chris Flodberg (D)
Gwen Frank (D)
H.G. Glyde

Nicholas de Grandmaison
Lois Green (D)
Chris Green (D)
Alexandra Haeseker (D)
Stewart Hamilton (D)
Keith Harder (D) 

Byron Harmon
Dwayne Harty (D)
Illingworth Kerr
Dale Kirschenman (D)
William Laing (D)

Tyler Los-Jones (D) website
Lynn Malin (D)
George Markel (D) 
Karen McDiarmid (D)
Barbara Milne (D)
Douglas Motter (D)
David Muench
Pascale Ouellet (D)
Bill Peters (D)
Walter Phillips (D)
Teresa Posyniak (D)
David Pugh (D)
Ewald Rentz (D)
Craig Richards (D)
Noburu Sawai
Elizabeth Scott-Lindhagen (D)
Margaret Shelton
John Snow
Pat Strakowski
K. Neil Swanson (D)
David Thauberger (D)
Diana Thorneycroft (D)
Bev Tosh (D)
J.D. Turner (D)
Peter von Tiesenhausen (D)
Mark Vitaris (D)
Mary Schäffer Warren (giclée)
Carl White (D)
Peter and Catharine Whyte (giclée)
Brian Wing (D)
Chris Zinkan (D)
Judith Zinkan (D)
Selection of Whyte Museum exhibition photographs (D)

Films & Books about Group of Seven
The Land of Canyons, Milton Snow
Sister and I in Alaska, by Emily Carr
Klee Wyck by Emily Carr
Set of Alpine Club of Canada journals


Memorable Experiences:
Private tour of the Whyte Museum vault
Lisa Christensen talk and walk
Sharon Wood hike
Kitchen Party at Paintbox Lodge
Chic Scott dinner and talk
Alpine Helicopters, half hour heli-tour
Dinner and evening of mountain stories with Cliff Whyte
Dinner and evening of mountain stories with Brad Whyte
Private tour of the fascinating Museum of Making
Tour of the Ranchmen’s Club art collection & refreshments
Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows
Banff Park Lodge accommodation
Mt. Engadine Lodge – two nights for two
Three nights at historic Abegweit Guest house, a basket of made-in-Banff products, and a delicious gift certificate to Chuck’s steakhouse.
Pursuit – mountain adventure package
Fairmont Banff Springs – two nights in the Gold Level 
Brewster Mountain Lodge – two nights and breakfast
Sunshine Village – VIP ski package
Stoney language – special evening and talk with Stoney knowledge keeper Buddy Wesley
Skoki Lodge accommodation
Dirty Laundry Okanagan winery accommodation and case of wine


Twin Falls Chalet original washstand
Twin Fall Chalet milk can, copper tub, water pail
Vintage snowshoes
Tapestries from the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
CPR shield with beaver and logo
Vintage skis

Feature Image:


Diana Thorneycroft, “Lake O’Hara, Clark, Northern Dancer and The Evil Weasel,” archival pigment print, 30” x 24”, from the series Group of Seven Awkward Moments