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Art sale to benefit injured deputy’s daughter

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on March 30, 2010 at 11:33 am with 1 Comment »
March 30, 2010 12:40 pm

Local artists are donating their work to help the daughter of a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy injured in a paralyzing car crash.

The January 4 accident left Richelle Heacock, a college athlete, paralyzed from the chest down.

Heacock was returning home from school in Oregon at the time to attend the memorial service for slain sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell, who worked alongside her father in the Sheriff’s Department Mountain Detachment.

The two-day sale at the Robert Daniel Gallery features painting, prints, jewelry, photography, posters, wine, bedding and blown glass. Over 50 items will be for sale from $20 to $2,000.

A partial list of artists includes Karen Lucas, Fred Oldfield, Dalin’s Glass Blown Design, Jason McKissack, Dave Miner, Sue Pivetta, Alec Clayton, Patsy Surh O’Connell, Kim Shuckhart-Gunns, Arvid Harder, Robert Tandecki, Nola Tresslar, Talking Stones Jewelry, Jennifer Chushcoff and Ruby Collection.

According to event organizer Glenda Wiffler, western artist Oldfield knew Heacock’s great-grandfather – a rodeo rider. Oldfield is the founder of Rainier League of Arts.

Another of the donating artists, according to Wiffler, is former Seattle police officer Jason McKissick. Beaten so badly on the job, McKissick is no longer able to work as a police officer.

Wiffler says she became interested in helping Heacock when she learned about the young woman’s character and her perseverance after the accident.

“This is one very inspiring person,” Wiffler says of Heacock.

Wiffler is also impressed with the artists who have stepped up with their work.

“They really don’t know her and yet the are donating some pretty expensive art. I think it’s pretty wonderful.”

WHAT: Richelle Heacock Benefit Art Sale
WHO: Rainier League of Arts
WHERE: Robert Daniel Gallery, 2501 Fawcett, Tacoma
WHEN: 4-8 p.m. April 2, 1-8 p.m. April 3
CONTACT: 253-227-1407, http://therobertdanielgallery.com/

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