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Artists raise more than $5,000 to support programs, exhibits and ARTour

TAHOE CITY, Calif. - On Sunday Oct. 21, 20 local artists volunteered their time and donated valuable pieces of their own art work all in an effort to raise money for the nonprofit North Tahoe Arts (NTA) located in Tahoe City. Attendees gathered at the Lodge at Lahontan Golf Course for "A Fine Evening with Fine Art." The event raised more than $5,000.

"Thanks to our local artists who donated a piece of art with a minimum value of $400 and who continue year after year to support North Tahoe Arts, this first of its kind fundraising event for NTA was a huge success," said Kellie Cutler, executive director, North Tahoe Arts. "Everyone involved had a great time and felt good about supporting the arts in our community."

North Tahoe Arts has been a prominent promoter and supporter of arts in the North Lake Tahoe communities for more than 24 years. "A Fine Evening with Fine Art" was a new fundraising concept. All proceeds will support various art programs such as ARTour in July, summer Kids Art Camps and numerous NTA gallery art openings. The North Tahoe Arts' ARTisan Shop is filled with works of art from regional artists, both nationally-recognized and emerging, with a wide variety of mediums represented. The ARTisan Shop winter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Tuesdays. To see which artists are currently featured, visit http://www.northtahoearts.com/artisan_shop.html.

Tickets were $300 per couple, and each couple left with a piece of artwork with a minimum value of $400. Guests spent time talking with the local selected artists and learning about his/her background while enjoying live music, appetizers and wine. Featured local artists included watercolor paintings, sculptures; photography, wood and more.

A huge thank you goes to the artists who so generously gave: Susie Alexander, Jenny Antonucci, Tom Beebe, Madeline Bohannan's son George Eisert, Carol David, Jessica Hall, Jane Jenny, Pamela Hunt Lee, Cathy McClellend, Geoff McGilvray, Jacob Morrison, Victoria Murphy, Ann Nichols, Eva Nichols, Heidi Reeves, Toni Rockwell, Andy Skaff, Jay Thelin, Loreen Thomas, and Greg Zirbel.

"When I learned that I had a chance to meet the artist whose work I was taking home, I was sold on attending the event," said Karen Wirth. "My husband and I paid $300 to support local art programs, took home a piece of fine art, mingled and had fun. What a wonderful idea for a fundraiser."

Holly Arts opening reception

Are you looking for something special, a one-of-a-kind gift? Then look no further than Holly Arts at North Tahoe Arts Center. Visit the Artisan Shop and two galleries filled with fine art and handcrafted work with a winter theme.

Everyone is welcome to join the Holly Arts opening reception on Friday, Nov. 9, 5-7 p.m., to enjoy singing by the Mountain Belles and music by Robin Zeare, harpist.

All proceeds benefit North Tahoe Arts, which relies primarily on fundraisers and contributions to operate the Art Center and provide numerous programs and services to the community. For information call 530-581-ARTS or visit www.northtahoearts.com. NTA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Programs include ARTour, Kids Art Camp, North Tahoe Plein Air, ART in Public Places, Senior Art and Kids Art Saturdays.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Nov 8, 2012 05:50PM Published Nov 8, 2012 05:27PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.