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‘Art from the Heart’ helps create gallery

Creating an art gallery in South Lake Tahoe is the dream more than 110 artists are helping make a reality. The artists are donating their works for both live and silent auctions Feb. 9 at the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation “Art from the Heart” at Edgewood Tahoe.

The silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. and the live auction will get underway at 6 p.m. In addition to the art and auctions, the Fresh Ketch, Riva Grill, Cork and More, Harrah’s, Nepheles and Dixon’s restaurants will be providing food, and a large assortment of wine will be served.

All proceeds from this event will be used to build a 2,000- square-foot art gallery in the new 28,000-square-foot library scheduled to break ground in May 2004. The library is being funded from the passage of Proposition 47 in November

Anne Luerken, foundation director, said the planned gallery would be adjacent to an outdoor sculpture garden. The gallery itself would have high ceilings and movable walls to allow for different configurations for various shows. Exhibitions will include local and student artists as well as artists from outside the Tahoe area. It would also include a learning gallery where visitors could participate through interactive discovery and a docent program to give tours to students, community members and visitors.

Artist Mark Allione is donating three works to the event.

“I was very honored to be asked,” Allione said. “An art gallery is a project that is long overdue for South Lake Tahoe.”

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Catherine Schoen was happy to be able to give back to LTCC.

“I think the art department is one of the best and it’s a great resource for this area,” Schoen said. She is donating two figure sculptures, a bronze and a terra cotta.

Art ranges from a print by Thomas Kincaid to a wood sculpture by Malcolm Tibbetts titled “Los Cuatro Amigos.” The piece is made of myrtle wood, holly, gabon ebony, birdseye maple, pink ivory, yellowheart, tulipwood, mesquite, bloodwood, curly maple, and macassar ebony.

Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the college bookstore or through the foundation office. Some tickets will be available at the door. For more information call (530) 541-4660, Ext. 344.