Auction of art will help fund new gallery |

Auction of art will help fund new gallery

Provided to the Tribune
Provided to the Tribune/ "Lonely Sentinel" by artist David Russo will be among the works of art donated for the Art from the Heart fund-raiser to benefit the Lake Tahoe Commmunity College art gallery.

Creating an art gallery in South Lake Tahoe is the dream more than 120 artists are helping to make a reality. The artists are donating their works for both live and silent auctions Jan. 16 at Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s “Art from the Heart.” The event will take place at Edgewood Tahoe.

All proceeds will be used to build a 2,000-square-foot art gallery in the new 28,000-square-foot library that is under construction at the college and scheduled to open in 2006. The library is funded from the passage of Proposition 47 in 2002.

Anne Luerken, foundation director, said the gallery would be next to an outdoor sculpture garden. The gallery itself will 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.

The silent auction begins at 3 p.m. with the live auction starting at 5 p.m. Participants can dine on appetizers while bidding on all forms of art. Artists have donated pieces in watercolor, oil, pottery, bronze, tapestry and photography. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling (530) 541-4660, Ext. 344.

By supporting this event, participants support the artists in this community and help broaden the cultural venues of South Lake Tahoe with the addition of a new art gallery.

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