Confluence: Live Auction


chateauLot 1: FINE VINTAGE WINE- 1982 CHATEAU PALMER MARGAUX: A sought after and difficult to find wine in the U.S., this fine French wine will not disappoint!  Chateau Palmer has a long tradition of making fine wine in the Margaux region of France.  Chateau Palmer makes intensely perfumed, impeccably balanced and undeniably mellow wine that also shows plenty of underlying muscle for aging.  This wine will perfectly compliment the most special occasion.

Donated by Angus and Barbara Muir


IMG_0444LOT 2:  RUBY RIVER RANCH EXPERIENCE: The Ruby River is a spectacular small river fishery located in the beautiful Ruby Valley. For such a small stream, the average size and the numbers of fish will astonish you. Predominantly a brown trout fishery, the higher up on the system you are, the more rainbows you will find. Enjoy a two-night stay at the Hill House on MLR’s own Woodson Ranch with exclusive fishing on over 8.5 miles of the of river in 4 waterways (Ruby, Clear Creek, Alder Creek and Cattail Creek). Accompanied by Gusty Clarke and Jessie Wiese from MLR. Fisherman lunches by Shovel and Spoon and a gourmet dinner for 4 catered by the Shovel and Spoon at the Hill House.  This package is a true Montana fishing experience that you do not want to miss.

Mutually agreed upon 2018 Dates

Donated by Ruby Habitat Foundation and the Shovel and Spoon.




LOT 3: CATCH THE HATCH ON O’DELL SPRING CREEK: A magical day on exclusive O’Dell Creek in the Madison Valley with MLR’s own Rock Ringling.  This beautiful, clear flowing spring creek tributary to the Madison River is a challenging and technical fishery. Meandering through meadows, the stream is a series of riffles and pools. Large brown trout sit tight to the banks. The scenery surrounding O’Dell Spring Creek is nothing short of spectacular with the Madison Mountains towering to the east and the Gravelly Mountains on the west. Package includes gift certificate for a night’s stay for two at the famed El Western Cabins and Lodges in Ennis and gift certificate for fine dining, libations, and music at the Gravel Bar, a favorite Ennis restaurant.

Mutually agreed upon dates for spring or fall of 2018. Exclusions on dates apply.

Donated by Jeff Lazlo, Scott and Amy Kelley and El Western



KellyfishingLOT 4: GALLATIN RIVER FISHING ON KELLY RANCH:  Exclusive fishing day on a magnificent stretch of the Gallatin River with Pat Straub and staff of Gallatin River Guides for 4 guests. Pat has been a licensed guide in Montana for over 20 years. He has guided in southern Africa, Chilean Patagonia, and southern Florida. His childhood waters of southwest Montana are now his home waters and the Gallatin River his favorite. The day ends with cocktails up on the buffalo jump, dinner at main ranch house or other ranch location based on weather; expertly catered by a fabulous local chef Sarah Faye of Faye’s Cafe in Livingston, featuring fresh local food and excellent wine. The successful bidder also receives a signed cookbook from Chef Sarah Faye!  Date by mutual agreement.  Kathryn Kelly and Bob Judd are your hosts.

Donors: The Kelly Ranch, Gallatin River Guides of Big Sky and Chef Sarah Faye     






Many women are discovering the joy of fly fishing. Are you part of this growing group? Whether you already are or want to be, join Gallatin River Guide’s and the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School for a fun-filled, no-pressure three-day school of fishing, learning and exploring some of the best waters on the planet. Gallatin River Guides’ instructors have amassed years of experience on the Gallatin, Yellowstone, Madison, Missouri, and other southwest Montana rivers and creeks. Fishing is their passion and they want to share it with you. They are all licensed Montana fly fishing guides . . . and women who fish!

Package includes three days of classroom instruction and guided fishing, fishing tackle and gear, course materials, and lunches. Also included with this donation is a Women’s Waders and Boots Package fit specifically to you by Gallatin River Guides. Not included are a valid Montana fishing license, gratuities, and lodging.

Donor:  Gallatin River Guides of Big Sky




MReynoldsLot 6: MICHAEL REYNOLDS, CELLIST OF THE MUIR STRING QUARTET performs a private cello concert in your home, featuring selections from the great Bach Suites for solo cello. He is founding and current cellist of the world-renowned Muir String Quartet, which began its career in 1979. As a member of the Muir Quartet and as soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Reynolds has performed well over 2,000 concerts throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, and is a recent recipient of the Blue and Gold Award from Montana State University. In his spare time he is an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman.

Donor: Michael Reynolds 







Representative sample of Clyde’s work.

You and a group of up to 8 friends will enjoy a unique and very special experience with acclaimed artist, Clyde Aspevig, at his studio south of Bozeman. Enjoy a studio tour, appetizers and wine, and conversation with Clyde where he’ll discuss painting, his technique, art history, and the humanities. The auction winner has the choice of an Aspevig painting from a special selection of works curated by Clyde and valued in the $5000.00 range OR commission Clyde to create a painting with subject matter of the winner’s choice, valued up to $5000.00. Clyde Aspevig is a renowned artist known for his western landscapes, which capture the beauty, rhythm, and harmony of each place he paints. A Montana native raised on a farm near the Canadian border, he considers his paintings as old friends and visual souvenirs of the places experienced in his life. His paintings are highly sought by world class collectors. Clyde has received many prestigious awards, his work has been exhibited nationwide, and is in the permanent collections of museums across the nation. His paintings possess qualities meant to outlast the viewer’s initial infatuation, qualities that will last several generations. “Paintings becomes symbols of all that we are.” To learn more about Clyde and his work, visit:

Donor: Clyde Aspevig




SkiesofWonderLOT 8: WENDY MARQUIS ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING ENTITLED “SKIES OF WONDER”: Original, one of a kind oil on canvas, framed in rustic barn wood by Rory’s Rustic furniture.   Wendy Marquis creates art that is timeless, honors and preserves ephemeral scenes, capturing a place that rests in the past and in the present of the rustic American West.  She envisions her collectors sitting in front of her paintings, feeling the heat of the sun and the openness of the vast and beautiful Montana landscape, dreaming themselves into the painting that has brought the romance of the American West into their home.  Her work has been included in the annual C.M. Russell exhibition and sale.  Rory’s Rustic furniture is known for their quality craftsmanship and extreme attention to detail.  The rustic frame is perfectly complimentary to this fine oil painting that you will treasure.

Donated by: Wendy Marquis Art and Rory’s Rustic Furniture



PMD Ranch offers an exclusive day of fishing in 2018 for up to four anglers on one of the fabled Paradise Valley Spring Creeks south of Livingston. PMD Ranch waters on Nelson Spring Creek are not accessible to the general public, are extensive and lightly fished. Kendall Van Dyk of MLR will accompany the lucky winner. A conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance protects the waterfowl and wildlife habitat surrounding the stream, so encounters with trumpeter swans, bald and golden eagles, mink, muskrat, otter, Sandhill cranes, and an occasional moose and black bear are not uncommon, depending on the time of year. In addition, excellent fishing on the Yellowstone River is a stone’s throw away, all under the stunning backdrop of the Absaroka Mountains. The winning bidder also receives an original watercolor entitled “Spring Meadow Trout” by Helena artist Nancy Breuninger.  It’s framed, matted under glass, ready to be hung and enjoyed as a momento of your very special fishing day. Confirmation of available dates must be made in advance.  (Blackout dates:  June 25 – July 10.)

Donor: PMD Ranch and George Olsen



chathamLOT 10: RUSSELL CHATHAM LITHOGRAPH:  FROM MONTANA SUITE- “BOULDER VALLEY FALL”:  Original This artwork titled, “Boulder Valley Fall,” is a limited-edition original lithograph by artist Russell Chatham from the collection Montana Suite, a collection of four lithographs. Signed and dated 1991, this print is number 212 of the 275 original art prints and is beautifully framed in a pickled white finish, matted and protected under non-glare plexiglass. A painter, lithographer, and writer of the American West, who spent most of his career in Livingston, Russell Chatham has had several hundred exhibitions of his paintings and prints and is “considered one of the world’s foremost lithographers.”  His work has been collected the world over.  He has written numerous essays and short stories on hunting, fishing, and conservation, as well as on food and wine. Sports Illustrated, Esquire, The Atlantic and Outdoor Life have published his work.

Donor: Kendall Van Dyk