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Art fundraiser set for 2020 health clinic at Nevada County Fairgrounds

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Organizers hope to serve over 1,000 with medical, dental and vision care at a 2020 clinic in Grass Valley. Part of the fundraising effort is this weekend's art sale.
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Local artists Mindy Oberne and Roger Lewis are having an art fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 13169 Twin Star Lane, their Grass Valley home.

All proceeds will be donated to the Grass Valley free, two-day health care clinic being held in January 2020 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Longtime residents, Oberne and Lewis have made their living in the art world for many years and have a permanent gallery of their works on their property. Three expeditions to Antarctica, via helicopter-equipped Russian icebreakers, have created incredible images of wildlife and scenery rarely captured.

“Forty years of Nevada County living have allowed us to photograph the historic local architecture and the beautiful four seasons we experience in these foothills,” Lewis said.

“It’s very sad that in a country as rich as ours, there are so many who are suffering because they are unable to afford basic health care such as dental and vision. That’s why we feel it so important to support this clinic.”— Roger Lewis

Retired after 35 years of designing and selling handbags, Oberne has been creating functional and decorative ceramics for over nine years.

“I started working with clay when I retired and wanted to just play again”, she said. “I am amazed at the endless possibilities there are with this medium. I do some work on the wheel, but my favorite is hand-building. My artichoke teapot was chosen by the Kamm Teapot Foundation to be in their collection. I also instruct in hand-building at my home.”

The clinic, scheduled for Jan. 11-12 of next year, will be provided by the California CareForce and hosted by United Way of Nevada County. Services will include medical, dental and vision care. Free prescription glasses will be made on-site.

Dental X-rays, cleanings, fillings and, if necessary, extractions will be provided. All these services will be available to all, free, no questions asked. For information on donating and volunteering go to uwnc.org or for patient info go to CaliforniaCareForce.org.

In 2015, the California CareForce provided a free clinic for Grass Valley at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall. More than 550 patients were served with almost $250,000 worth of services provided.

“We’re very lucky to have the CareForce help us again,” Oberne said. “They have two large annual clinics in Coachella and Sacramento, but rarely make it to small communities like ours.”

“It’s very sad that in a country as rich as ours, there are so many who are suffering because they are unable to afford basic health care such as dental and vision.” Lewis said. “That’s why we feel it so important to support this clinic. We encourage all to do the same.”

To view a video of the gallery, go to http://www.youtube.com and search for Mindy Oberne. For more information about the gallery, contact Oberne and Lewis at moberne117@gmail.com.

Source: United Way of Nevada County


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