Descendants of the late Drs. Gerald and Virginia Sparling have agreed to donate the bulk of their family’s art collection for the joint benefit of Confluence Gallery and the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. Part of the collection will be for sale at the festival this year.

“This is a wonderful collection gathered over a lifetime,” said Confluence Gallery board member Mary Lou McCollum. “The Sparlings appreciated living with original art. Their art is now being shared with collectors both in our valley and beyond, keeping the memory of Jerry and Virginia alive for a long time to come.”

Festival executive director Liz Johnson said, “I’m blown away by the size and quality of this gift. Construction is underway now on the festival grounds to provide a suitable gallery to display this beautiful collection.”

The sale of the Sparling Collection respects the family’s wishes that the art itself remain connected to the local community and the proceeds be used for the benefit of local arts organizations.

The collection comprises some 80 different pieces in an assortment of styles, and includes works by Bernie Hosey, Richard Beyers, Caryl Campbell, Doug Potter and others. All the art will be sold in silent-auction format during the festival. That period coincides with the Confluence exhibit, “Music as Muse,” which will explore how music works as creative inspiration for artists.

The Sparling collection will be open for public viewing and bidding each concert day during open rehearsals starting at 9 a.m. (no tickets necessary), and again for ticket-holders at the evening concerts beginning at 6 p.m. View a sample of the collection at:

There will be a preview of the collection on Sunday (July 17) from 4-6 p.m. at Signal Hill Ranch. For more information call 997-5000.