[caption id="attachment_28522" align="aligncenter" width="2624"]<img class="size-full wp-image-28522" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/07\/Howard-GVT-art-auction.jpg" alt="" width="2624" height="2144" \/> (Photo courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>\u201cCelebrating 50 Years of G.V.T.\u201d by Sue and Don Howard[\/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_28523" align="alignleft" width="197"]<img class=" wp-image-28523" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/07\/Fridley-1.-GVT-art-auction-mountain-mama.jpg" alt="" width="197" height="335" \/> (Photo courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>\u201cMountain Mama\u201d by Courtney Fridley[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, will host its 23rd Annual Art Auction on Saturday, July 15.<\/h1>\r\nThe Art Auction is GVT\u2019s largest annual fundraiser, featuring donations from prominent local artists and generous patrons, each of which goes toward fulfilling GVT\u2019s mission of providing quality year-round theater. Donations include everything from handmade jewelry and crafts to paintings and photographs of West Virginia\u2019s beautiful countryside.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_28524" align="alignright" width="139"]<img class=" wp-image-28524" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/07\/Fridley2.-GVT-art-auction-path-to-spring.jpg" alt="" width="139" height="369" \/> (Photo courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre)<br \/>\u201cPath to Spring\u201d by Courtney Fridley[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSue Howard teaches art at Carnegie Hall WV and is a member of the Greenbrier Artists. She and her husband Don enjoy painting at their home in Alderson. They created the 20 inch x 16 inch oil painting \u201cCelebrating 50 Years of G.V.T.\u201d in honor of GVT\u2019s 50th anniversary season.\r\n\r\nCourtney Fridley is originally from Covington, VA. She lived in the art and comedy world of Los Angeles for over five years, but has recently come home to the mountains she loves. She has made two donations this year: \u201cMountain Mama\u201d is a set of 11 inch by 14 inch photographs of \u201cRhododendron maximum\u201d or \u201cgreat laurel,\u201d the state flower of West Virginia, showing off in the warm summer sun. \u201cPath to Spring\u201d is also a set of 11 inch by 14 inch photographs. The gorgeous green of spring has sprung in this set of photos taken at Blue Bend Recreation Area.