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Proctor Gallery Art-A-Thon raises money for the FISH Food Bank this Saturday

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 18, 2012 at 5:23 am with No Comments »
July 17, 2012 10:35 am
The Proctor Farmers' Market, where artists will be fundraising for the FISH Food Bank this Saturday. Photo: Dean Koepfler.

It’s not just fresh fruit and veggies this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers’ Market – it’ll be live art as well. Artists from the Proctor Art Gallery will be painting and sculpting all day long at the market to raise awareness and funds for the nearby FISH Food Bank.

Over the past three years the gallery artists have raised more than $3,000 for the weekly food bank, which supports 4,500 local folks every month with supplies of free groceries. And while canned and packaged food is still helpful for those in need, there’s nothing as nutritious as fresh produce.

The artists will be donating their time, talent and supplies to encourage donations and pledges to support the purchase of fresh market produce for the food bank. Among the artists creating work for donors to win is Mauricio Robalino, a tile artist who will lead youngsters in creating two community mosaic pieces. Jewelry artist Leslie Thiel will be demonstrating glass bead making with a torch, and woodworkers William and Mary Wolfe will make a “Rockin’ Critter.” Proctor Art Gallery artists Tom Bona, Carolyn Burt, Bonnie Cargol, Sharon Crocetti, Gary LaTurner, Kim Wilson, Marquita Hunt, and guest artists Alexis St. John, Steve Barnard, Autumn Tranquillino, Linda Landig, and Maxie Reavis will be scattered throughout the market creating, painting and drawing using the market as an inspiration. Donation buckets will be available by each artist station.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21. Free. Proctor Farmers’ Market, North 27th and Proctor Streets, Tacoma. 253-759-5168, proctorartgallery.com


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