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Area artists recognized

on Channel 6

Next week’s “KVIE Art Auction 2002” on public television Channel 6 includes 230 contemporary works by Northern Californians.

All works were donated by the artists.

Jose Montoya and Ruth Rippon, retired California State University at Sacramento professors, judged the show, in which 11 artists from the foothills received special recognition.

Rick Litteral of Auburn won first place and Reif Erickson of Auburn won second in the drawing/pastel medium category. James Mullen of Grass Valley won second place in the sculpture category.

Receiving honorable mention were Rita Forman of Auburn for a fine-craft porcelain piece, Sandy Wythawai of Colfax for a sculpture, Paul Sprunck of Weimar for a photograph, Jack Richardson of Grass Valley for a fine-craft bowl, Charleen Kerley-Pflueger of Lincoln for a fine-craft clay piece, Charles Escott of Grass Valley for a fine-craft sterling silver and gold plate stickpin, Jeff Armstrong of Rocklin for a drawing and Marsha Proud of Cedar Ridge for a print.

The auction will be broadcast April 19 (8 p.m. to midnight) and April 20 and 21 (2 p.m. to midnight).

Call (916) 641-3535 or check out for more information.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ benefit brings in about $2,000

Foothill Theatre Company and the Nevada Theatre Commission raised almost $2,000 for the Fire Relief Fund during FTC’s “pay-what-you-can” performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” on March 30.

The fund benefits individuals displaced by the March 20 Nevada City fire. Of the March 30 money, $825 was contributed for the performance and about $1,100 was raised through a raffle coordinated by Kim James, a Nevada Theatre Commission board member.

Karyn Casl, FTC’s marketing director, said the benefit was the work of several individuals. Many contributed raffle prizes, the commission donated space for the performance, and the actors and crew donated their time for the extra performance.

– Carol Feineman

Back Stage appears weekly in Prospector. Call 477-4232 with comments and arts news.

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