Grande Ronde Symphony Association And AFAS Member Dennis Hoyt To Auction One-Of-A-Kind Sculpture In Support Of The Arts

LA GRANDE, Oregon – Nov. 3, 2016Grande Ronde Symphony Association (GRSA), Oregon’s oldest continuous running symphony, has partnered with renowned automotive artist and Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) member Dennis Hoyt, to host an auction that will feature a one-of-a-kind sculpture donated by Hoyt. All proceeds from the online sale will benefit the association’s mission to support and promote the ongoing music programs of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, the Grande Ronde Student Symphony, and the Grande Ronde Chamber Series.

Beginning, Sunday, November 13, a link will be placed on GRSA’s website marking the start of the auction. For those interested in the sculpture, bidding will last until Wednesday, November 23, when GRSA will announce the winning bidder.

“It is an honor to work with GRSA as we support the arts,” said Hoyt. “I wanted to create an art piece that really told the story of Sir Stirling Moss’ epic drive in the 1955 ‘Mille Miglia’. This sculpture is meant to leave the audience feeling that they personally experienced this exciting race.”

Inspired by Sir Stirling Moss’ historic victory of the 1955 Mille Miglia, Hoyt’s art piece entitled “300 SLR” celebrates Moss’s unwavering commitment to excellence at the epic race. He won Italy’s thousand-mile “Mille Miglia” road race driving a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR.  A truly remarkable wood and steel sculpture, the artwork measures approximately 27”x11”x9” and features Moss’ signature. In addition to the sculpture, the winner of the auction will also receive a signed letter from Sir Stirling Moss briefly describing the race and his association with Dennis Hoyt.

“We’re very appreciative of Dennis’ donation and his continued support of our goal to provide a musical outlet for the community,” said April Simpson, GRSA Board Member. “His remarkable sculpture captures the beauty of the refined, yet aggressive, nature of the Mercedes 300 SLR. It embodies the car’s speed, creativity, precision and power. Dennis has created a truly unique piece that allows the imagination to run wild and leaves the audience with a sense of exhilaration.”

For auction information, visit the Grande Ronde Symphony Association Website or Facebook

About Grande Ronde Symphony Association
Established in 1947, The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra 501(c)(3) is the oldest continuous community orchestra in Oregon. Comprised of community members from Baker, Union and Wallowa Counties, the symphony is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the region through the support of ongoing music programs such as the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, the Grande Ronde Student Symphony and the Grande Ronde Chamber Series. For more information visit

About Dennis Hoyt
Hoyt is an artist in the true renaissance mold. A member of AFAS since 1988, he is an award-winning sculptor. He was the first artist to be unanimously elected to the Automotive Fine Arts Society and was the inspiration and first recipient of the Raymond E. Holland Award for Vision and Creativity.

His work can be found in museums and private collections around the world, in countries such as the U.S., Germany and Japan. Hoyt is a regular attendee of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and was a former curator of the “Galleria d’Arte Ferrari” at the Cavallino Classic alongside his wife Susan for 17 years.

After a successful Exhibit in June 2016, at China’s first private premium club for motorsports, the Zhejiang Circuit and Z Club will again feature another exhibit of acclaimed automotive sculpture artist Dennis Hoyt in 2017 where he will again premier new works never publicly seen before. For more information about Dennis Hoyt’s work, visit