Event raised $25,000 for new art gallery | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Event raised $25,000 for new art gallery

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Auctioner Peter Stremmel of the Stremmel Gallery in Reno takes bids at the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation Art from the Heart fund-raiser.

Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s Art from the Heart held in January at Edgewood Tahoe raised $25,000 for the construction of an art gallery at the college.

Ellen Nunes’ watercolor “Transformation” sold for $1,000 after a lively bidding war conducted by auctioneer Peter Stremmel of the Stremmel Gallery in Reno.

“As an artist I was really thrilled with the response it received,” Nunes said. “It’s pretty rewarding when your work is recognized.”

Nunes was one of more than 125 artists who donated 250 works of art that were sold during the silent and live auctions at the event.

The foundation is raising funds for the construction of a 2,000-square-foot art gallery. It is part of a 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. The foundation needs to raise at least $500,000 to pay for the gallery, but the goal is to create an endowment that would help the gallery offer more diverse programs and bring in art exhibits from around the world.

The foundation has received funds and commitments from donors of more than $300,000.

“We need art in our lives,” said Anne Luerken, foundation director. “The gallery would benefit all of the community. Children need to experience art. There will be an interactive component to the gallery for students of all ages. There is a great opportunity now for a major donor to name the facility in honor or memory of someone.”

For more information or to donate to the art gallery contact Luerken at (530) 541-4660, ext. 245 or e-mail luerken@ ltcc.edu.

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