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Upcycle event supports funding for young artists

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Upcycle, an upbeat art show and auction of unique handmade re-purposed art pieces by local artists to benefit local youth via arts programing funding and scholarships, is slated for 6-9 p.m. Friday at 1415 Whispering Pines Lane in Grass Valley.

The use of re-purposed items as art has been explored for almost a century. Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picaba, Max Ernst and a number of other artist began using "ready mades" as art, forming the post World War I group of Dadaists. With the interest in reuse and re-purposing of items as a current theme, the Kiwanis Foundation for youth is again working to continue to keep kids excited, motivated and educated in the arts.

Upcycle art pieces show whimsy, creativeness, and a social conscienceless. As with last year's Kiwanis Mask project, the event will have sumptuous appetizers catered by Antonio's, beautiful music by McKenzie Morey and a no-host wine bar.

New this year will be a presentation by both Bill DeGroot and Rock Meade on Upcycle art with slides and work for patrons to see. There will be a live and silent auction with more than 30 works by artists mentioned and many more, to name a few: Jerrianne van Dyke, Spencer McClay, Mona Matthais, Chay Dillion, Don Lawson, Bill Wilson, Nancy Salerno and more. Autioneer will be John Renwick.

This event is hosted by Gold Country Kiwanis/Foundation and sponsored by Waste Management, Pacific Land Enterprises and our local media. Tickets are $20 and available at Briar Patch, Java Johns, The Book Seller and by phone for will call at 530-277-2787. You can find us on facebook/ Kiwanisofthegoldcountry ArtUpcycleFundraiser.

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