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Online Auction

In partnership with Levis Fine Art Auctions


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$160,000 Raised!

Get Ready for the Whyte Museum

Rocky Mountain Legends Online Auction

JUNE 1 – 13, 2021

In partnership with Levis Fine Art Auctions

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The Whyte Museum is celebrating the 115th birthday of its late founder, Catharine Robb Whyte, with an online auction in support of expanding virtual access to the collections and enhanced Indigenous programming.


Presented online courtesy of Levis Fine Art Auctions, the auction offers bidders objects with a strong connection to the Bow Valley. Over 160 auction items are being offered, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, folk art, ceramics, and memorable mountain experiences. Featured items include a number of rare objects such as a signed first-edition book by Emily Carr, and paintings by H.G. Glyde, Walter J. Phillips, David Thauberger, Michael Cameron, Chris Flodberg, and many more.


Bidding opens online at on June 1 and closes on June 13, the day of Catharine Robb Whyte’s 115th birthday. (Of special note to bidders, there is no buyer’s premium.)

We thank all of our donors, partners, board members, and staff for their commitment to this event.

Please click the link below to see the full list of these incredible people and companies! 

Here is just a sampling of the more than 160 wonderful auction items available:

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What makes an adventure truly memorable? An incredible experience that you return to long after it has passed. Hans Gmoser understood that when, in 1959, he introduced the world to heli-skiing and over 3 million acres of mountain snow. His vision expanded to include summer hiking adventures and wonderfully comfortable mountain lodges.

It’s at CMH Summer Adventures where these special memories live - where you can explore free from the crowds and the chaos of everyday life. Somewhere you’ll not only fly above some of the most astounding scenery in the world, but also land within it, plant your feet on the soil, and roam among the enormous glaciers and mountainous peaks that both inspire and humble. It’s different there. It’s transformative, connective, and it’s alive with joy. This is your chance to experience the wilderness as few people can!

Photo Courtesy of CMH Summer Adventures


Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith (1846 - 1923, Canadian)

Glacier Cascade, Selkirks,

British-born and trained Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith moved to Canada in 1866, and helped establish the Society of Canadian Artists in 1867. As a renowned landscape painter he was one of the first artists invited by CPR President Cornelius Van Horne to come out to Banff and paint a number of watercolours and oils of the Rocky Mountains which would be used to promote passenger travel to the ‘wild west’ on the new railroad. This piece is a particularly vibrant work of Bell-Smith’s.

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Walter J. Phillips (1884-1963, Canadian)

Banff Springs Hotel,
Wood engraving on paper

Walter Phillips was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1884. Trained at the Birmingham School of Art, he was a successful watercolour artist in England before he emigrated to Winnipeg in 1913. Although watercolour remained his primary medium, the wood block print was an enduring interest which brought his work to a wider audience. In 1940, Phillips was asked to be artist in residence at the Banff School of Fine Arts. He moved to Calgary in 1941 where he taught at the provincial Institute of Technology and Art. He died in 1963 leaving a legacy of uniquely Canadian art. 


Diana Thorneycroft

Lake O’Hara (Clark, Northern Dancer and the Evil Weasel),

Photo diorama


Diana Thorneycroft creates photographic series that explore cultural issues from the humourous to the political through painstakingly-constructed dioramas using famous landscape paintings as backdrops for action figures and other toys to provide a narrative that often belies the playfulness of the materials. This small-edition piece is part of a series titled ”Canadians and Americans (best friends - it’s complicated)" Based in Winnipeg, Diana shows her ever-evolving work nationally and internationally, and has pieces in many museum collections. 



Original vintage washstand from Twin Falls Lodge, a National Historic Site. Mountain legend has it that this was used by Lawren Harris when he stayed at the newly opened CPR lodge on his first visit to the Rockies in 1923!

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Klee WyckBy Emily Carr

Signed first-edition


Emily Carr (1871-1945) is one of western Canada’s most well-known artists.  Born in Victoria, BC, she painted themes from nature as well as imagery from her travels among the Indigenous peoples of the west coast. In her late sixties, she turned to memoir writing and this, her first book includes sketches about her travels and experiences.  The book won the 1941 Governor General’s Award and holds an important place in Canadian literature. The title Klee Wyck is a nickname given to her by the Indigenous peoples in Ucluelet. It means “Laughing One.”


Elliot Barnes (Canadian)

Illecillewaet Glacier,

BW silver gelatin photo, Whyte Museum Exhibition Print

c. 1907


Born in Rochester, New York, in 1886, Barnes moved with his family to North Dakota and took up a life as an itinerant photographer. His romantic vision, gypsy soul and adventuring spirit combined to produce a photographic legacy, a uniquely genteel view of the Edwardian age in the Canadian mountain wilderness.


Jason Carter

The Larches Glow Under the Light of the Silvery Moon,

Jason is an indigenous sculptor, painter, illustrator and public artist from Little Red River Cree Nation who lies in Canmore and is an active supporter of community activities. His works are featured in galleries, books and public art. He paints and/or carves seven days a week.


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An Introduction to Stoney culture and language

The culture, traditions and traditional knowledge of the Stoney Nakoda people are deeply connected to the land and to nature. Join Stoney Nakoda Educator and cultural leader Buddy Wesley in a thoughtful, funny, and memorable introduction to the Stoney Nakoda language and learn a few new words and phrases.

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Mounted metal CPR crest with beaver logo


If it weren’t for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Banff might never have existed. To promote the new trans-Canada rail line to travellers, beginning in the late 1880s CP invited well-known artists to come out to the mountains, stay in its backcountry lodges, and create paintings of the spectacular scenery. This logo/crest, created in 1949, was once affixed to one of CP’s passenger cars on its famous stainless-steel-clad train The Canadian, which carried people from sea to sea during the heyday of rail travel. Many legendary Canadian artists painted murals for the iconic tail-end dome cars. The hard-to-find crest was a retirement gift to a CP Limited executive in the 1970s and has been in the family until now.


Memorable Experiences


Meet the mountain legends: a variety of experiences will put you and your friends up close and personal with legendary mountain figures, learn first-hand about their experience and enjoy memorable mountain stories.

Dinner with Chic Scott, legendary Canadian mountaineer and author (ask him about his new book on Mt. Assiniboine and teaching Clint Eastwood to climb in the Eiger Sanction)


Climbing lesson with Sharon Wood, inspirational author and first North American woman to climb Mt. Everest.


An evening with Cliff White, “Learning to Burn (and Not to Burn) Fire and Food in the Bow Valley.” Cliff White and his wife Johanne will greet you with a warm welcome at the Whyte Museum, entertain you with a hot meal, and enthrall you with sizzling stories. He promises not to burn the dinner!

Experience a wonderful casual evening of mountain lore and peak dining with tales of adventures and misadventures spun by Brad White, nephew of Catharine and Peter Whyte. Brad, a Mountain Rescue Specialist, the first native-born ACMG Mountain Guide, and a former Park Warden will have you on the edge of your seat as he talks “Mountain Trails and Trauma". You’ll be welcomed into the Canmore home of your hosts, and Vicki Young will be your creative chef for the evening.


Skoki Lodge

Ninety-year-old Skoki Lodge is a Rocky Mountain legend, and its guestbook attests to the thousands of people who have made it up Deception Pass and down into the Lodge’s welcoming reception. Peter and Catharine Whyte were instrumental in starting up the Lodge, and it holds a special place in our hearts. Find out for yourself, or return for a memorable.


H.G. Glyde (1906-1988, Canadian)

Sundance Canyon,


c. 1940s


British-born artist H.G. Glyde was significant in the development of art in Alberta, working in Calgary, Banff, and Edmonton for over 30 years, starting in 1935. He helped pioneer the first community art courses in Alberta, and was a leading and influential art instructor. The Banff landscape was a familiar one to Glyde from his teaching at the Banff School of Fine Art from 1936 to 1967.


Craig Richards (1955-, Canadian)

Vermilion Lake Fog,

BW Silver gelatin photo


Craig hiked and photographed the Canadian Rockies for 40 years, using a 4 x 5 camera combined with traditional silver gelatin printing. His works have been shown nationally and internationally. As Curator of Photography at the Whyte Museum, he initiated a popular Through the Lens community photography program that launched the interest and careers of hundreds of high school students throughout the Bow Valley.



Chris Flodberg (Canadian)

Fish Creek, Dusk,



Chris Flodberg was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. After completing his BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design, he went on to pursue an MFA in painting at the University  of Alberta.  Chris taught painting and drawing at the U of A both during and after his degree and was later hired on at ACAD where he was a drawing and painting instructor. Chris now lives, paints and exhibits full time in Calgary.



David Thauberger (1948 -, Canadian)

Winter Galaxy,



Saskatchewan-born artist David Thauberger, CM is known for his paintings of vernacular architecture and cultural icons of Saskatchewan. Hyper-real on the one hand, they also abstract the reality of the structure, inviting the observer to stop and think about the purpose, place, and memory of buildings we might normally pass by without a second thought. His unique, colourful and evocative style has earned him a place in the art lexicon of Canada. His work is found in numerous public galleries, including the National Gallery of Canada.



Margaret Shelton (1915 - 1984, Canadian)

Johnson’s Canyon




Born in Bruce, Alberta, in 1915, Margaret Shelton studied with W.J. Phillips, A.C. Leighton, and H.G. Glyde. She became well known for her linocuts and block prints of the Banff and Lake Louise areas of Alberta. 

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Courtesy of CMH Summer Adventures