Meeker -- Members of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society were so excited by the success of last year's art and photography auction, they vowed to make it a part of the annual Fourth of July Range Call celebration.
Organizer Boots Campbell said if this year's auction is anything like last year's, people will go home with really nice pieces of art. The proceeds will help support the White River Museum.
"It's great exposure for artists and shutterbugs in the area and gives everyone a chance to help support the museum," she said.
Those wishing to help the society with a donation can drop it off at Fawn Creek Gallery, Sixth and Main streets. Donations will be accepted during business hours through June 27. All work will be on display from June 27 until the auction on July 4.
Donations are being accepted from artists of any age. Pieces should be matted and shrink-wrapped for protection.
Campbell said all the proceeds from the auction go to support the ongoing renovations to the White River Museum and the Garrison Building.
The museum receives an annual stipend from the county for expenses such as utilities and wages for staff. Donations and membership dues pay for all other projects.
"We're grateful that Bryce Purkey has agreed to be the auctioneer again this year," Campbell said. "We had a lot of fun last year."
Last year, the 29 items donated netted the society more than $2,000. Members hope this year's auction draws as much support.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Rio Blanco Historical Society should attend a quarterly membership drive meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Kilowatt Korner. Membership dues are $10 a year for individuals older than 65, $20 for those younger, $30 for a family membership and $50 for a business sponsorship.
"No matter how you look at it, that's a pretty good deal when you are talking about preserving history," Campbell said. "And we have a lot of history."
The art auction will start at noon July 4 during the town barbecue in City Park.
The society will ice cream and pie at the barbecue as well as ice cream cones during the July 4 parade.
The July 4 celebration in Meeker centers on the oldest ongoing rodeo in Colorado, Range Call.
For information, call Camp--bell at 878-5677 or Dee Weiss at 878-0955.