SPOTLIGHT

Arts Coalition Sponsors Annual Art Auction

The Spring Green Area Arts Coalition is holding its annual silent auction of gently used art on Sunday, January 25, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm at Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green. This fund-raising event, “Art Out of the Closet,” also will feature over 65 Creative Canvases, 8x8-inch squares of original art created by area artists. Each square is painted in a medium that the artist chooses and represents their body of work.

These unique pieces can be owned by purchasing a $30 gift certificate at Arcadia Book Store, the General Store and Nina’s Variety Store. The names of the artists are listed on the back of the certificates. During the auction, the certificate holders will be called to choose the Creative Canvas of their choice. Creative Canvases are on display at the afore mentioned businesses plus No Rules Gallery, BMO Harris Bank, Prairie Flowers and Convivio. During January, canvases will be exhibited in the community room of the Spring Green Community Library.

Donations of gently used art, including original paintings, fine art posters, pottery, jewelry, glass, photographs, textiles and lithographs, continue to be accepted at the General Store and BMO Harris Bank until January 19. Forms at the site ask owners to describe the items for auction and suggest a fair market value. Arts coalition volunteers collect the donations from the sites and secure them until the time of the event. There is a tax benefit for the year of donation.

Local beer, beverages and snacks will be available throughout the event. Entertainment will be provided by Jud Swenson on acoustic guitar. The event also serves as the arts coalition’s annual meeting. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the sale of gift certificates, as well as the silent auction of gently used art, benefit local arts and cultural programs in the River Valley.

Creative Canvas Gift Certificates Now Available

Gift certificates for Creative Canvases, 8x8-inch squares of original art created by area artists, are now available at Arcadia Book Store, the General Store and Nina’s Department Store. Gift Certificates, perfect for holiday gift giving, can be purchased for $30. A certificate entitles the recipient to a Creative Canvas of their choice during “Art Out of the Closet,” a fund-raising event, sponsored by the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition. It will be Sunday, January 25 from 1:00 to 4:30pm at Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green.

Creative Canvases will be on display mid-December at No Rules Gallery, BMO Harris Bank, Prairie Flowers, and Convivio, in addition to the businesses above. The Spring Green Community Library will exhibit Creative Canvases during January. The proceeds from the sale of the certificates, as well as the silent auction of gently used art, benefit local arts and cultural programs in the River Valley.

Participating artists this year are: Dick Ainsworth, Florence Bird, Leah Boyce, Nanci Buchanan, Pamela Callahan, Effi Casey, Deb Cavanaugh, David Chapman, Mark Cullen, Geri Doerre, Kurt Eakle, Wayne Farran, Erik Flesch, Aris Georges, David Giffey, Nancy Giffey, Debra Grall, Jackie Graves, Janet Haight, Floyd Hamblen, Lucas Hamblen, Nick Harazin, Dawn Ingham, Jen Jensen, Sue Johnson, Tatiana Katara, Linda Kelen, Kathy Kinney, Jonathan Kipp, Cathy Kitto, Monica Kmak, Brittany Kugler, Mary Lien, Maya Madden, Suzanne Maillette, Kate McQuade, Jill Miliunas, Richard Moninski, Barbara Morford, Chris Morton, Yvonne Notbohm, Shawn Olmstead, Colleen Ott, Clyde Paton, Dennis Alfred Philips, Heide Planey, Ashley Pfannenstiel, Jeb Prazak, Sue Quale, Sara Rath, Judy Reyes, Nick Ringelstetter, Kim Russell, Pat Scofield, Sue Schuetz, William Schwanke, John Skille, Carole Spelic, Kathy Steffen, Jan VonStein, Nate Stuber, Judy Schwartz, Aron Meudt Thering, Peggy Timmerman, John Waite, Paula Washow, Bob Weinswig, Georgia Weithe, Bill Wilke, Dick Woppert, Greg Zeszotarski.